NCP Medical Swabs including Gauze, Non Woven and X-Ray Detectable (ICN 862)

Important Customer Notice Resolved

Ref: 2019/862 ICN Number: 862
  • The suppliers 365 Healthcare, Unisurge and Clinisupplies have informed us that the delay to availability of supply for their Medical Swab products has now been resolved.
  • Product code EMQ092 is now available to order through our online catalogue.
  • Unfortunately, due to the ongoing issues ENI285 is no longer available to order however, a potential alternative product code is available to order.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section to view the product listing for further information on the affected product codes and alternatives available.
  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the affected products and the potential indirect alternatives.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager.
  • 20 of the previously affected product codes are now available to order through our online catalogue.
  • There remain two product codes affected:
    ENI285 – Swab gauze type 13 light BP non sterile 10cm x 10cm 32ply GREEN.
    EMQ092 – Swab gauze x-ray detectable stitched and taped tied 5s BP sterile 30cm x 30cm 24ply double wrapped.
  • Potential indirect alternative products are available to order through our online catalogue.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section to view the product listing for further information on the affected product codes and alternatives available.
  • The anticipated resolution date is the end of May 2020.
  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the affected products and the potential indirect alternatives.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager.
  • Following the previous update, there has been an increase in the amount of affected product codes within the medical swabs range from 365 Healthcare, Clinisupplies and Unisurge.
  • There are now 22 product codes affected.
  • Six of the affected product codes in the range are not NCP products.
  • Seven of the affected codes are new NCP products and will not be visible on the online catalogue until we are in receipt of the stock.
  • 11 of the affected codes still have some stock and are currently available to order.
  • Potential direct and indirect alternative products are available to order through our online catalogue.
  • See our Downloads ▼ section to view the product listing for further information on the affected product codes and alternatives available.
  • The delay to availability is anticipated to be resolved by 1 February 2020.

Change:

  • NCP Medical Swabs is due to go live on Monday 18 November.
  • Unfortunately, 365 Healthcare, Unisurge and Clinisupplies have informed us of a delay to availability of supply for their Medical Swab products.
  • There are seven product codes affected.
  • This delay to availability is due to shipping lead times from China.

Impact:

  • The affected products are unavailable to order from 18 November 2019.
  • Potential indirect alternative products are available to order through our online catalogue. The alternatives are all in scope of the NCP exercise.
  • Please See our Downloads ▼ section to view the product listing for further information on the affected product codes.
  • The delay to availability is anticipated to be resolved by 1 January 2020.

Next Steps:

  • Customers are advised to log into our website to view the affected products and the potential alternatives.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager.

Change:

  • Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) programme is strategically co led by NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and is being operationalised through the NHS Supply Chain.
  • The aim is to ensure resilience and continuity of supply, and to aggregate national demand to provide a sustainable competitive price for the NHS.

Impact:

  • Three suppliers have been awarded to reduce risk and ensure continuity of supply:
    Unisurge International Limited
    Clinisupplies Limited
    365 Healthcare Limited.
  • No suppliers will be delisted as a result of this procurement activity.
  • The NCP product will become available to order on 18 November.
  • There are potential national savings of £76,000 (2%)*.

Next Steps:

  • For information on trust specific savings opportunities please contact your Account Manager. Trust Impact Statements will be available in the week commencing 7 October 2019.
  • If you have any questions about the Nationally Contracted Products, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager.

*NCP aims to implement the Carter Report recommendations to harness the national buying power of the NHS, remove “unwarranted product variation” and improve efficiency. NCP focuses on reducing variety at a sub category level and channelling national commitment to this optimised product range to drive savings

Downloads ▼

  • 862 NCP Medical Swabs Product Listing with Alternatives

    An Excel file detailing the affected products for Medical Swabs ICN 862.

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