Enhancements to the Product Catalogues (Category Tower 6)

21 July 2021

We recently informed you we are making improvements to the classification of all products and devices in our catalogues, across Cardiology, Radiology, Audiology, Endoscopy and Pain Management Timescales.

The changes to the catalogues have unfortunately run into some delays, due to priorities such as contract launches taking precedence over this catalogue cleanse. They are now planned to conclude by Q2 of this financial year. Please be reassured that before any change happens you will be contacted by your NHS Supply Chain implementation manager to talk through these changes and plan out the changes specific to your trust.

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An overview of the key aspects of these proposed changes:

1. Product Hierarchy and Classification

We have been working with our suppliers to identify improvements to the product hierarchy, with part of this work involving reviewing where current products sit within our classifications. We will shortly be rolling out these changes which will improve the classification of products. These changes will have no impact on the way a trust currently orders through NHS Supply Chain, with the key changes being:

  • Reclassification of certain products within a product category.
  • TR reports will include the new classifications.
  • Trusts can use the NHS Supply Chain online Catalogue using the new improved classifications.

2. Deletion of Obsolete Codes

As part of the review, it was identified that certain codes remained visible on our catalogues which were no longer offered to the market by suppliers. These codes will be removed from our catalogues and NHS trusts using our Online Ordering platform will see this change take place automatically, those that use a 3rd party system should accept the changes that will come through your catalogue management tool or remove these codes if you are not utilising a catalogue management tool.

3. MPCs and Descriptions

Several codes will be updated to provide more accurate descriptions or to amend the MPC’s according to the recommendations of the suppliers, these changes will have no impact on the way you order. Trusts using our Online Ordering platform will see these changes take place automatically, those using 3rd party systems should accept the changes through your catalogue management system or ensure you have an up-to-date catalogue.

No changes will be made without our dedicated NHS Supply Chain Implementation Manager’s being in contact with you first, and our Implementation Managers will be available throughout the change management process to support and answer any trust queries. See our Useful Links section to view the contact details for our Implementation Managers.

19 April 2021

We recently informed you we are making improvements to the classification of all products and devices in our catalogues, across Cardiology, Radiology, Audiology, Endoscopy and Pain Management. Following extensive work with suppliers to review catalogues, we are now ready to implement these three key changes in April 2021.

An overview of the key aspects of these proposed changes:

1. Product Hierarchy and Classification

We have been working with our suppliers to identify improvements to the product hierarchy, with part of this work involving reviewing where current products sit within our classifications. We will shortly be rolling out these changes which will improve the classification of products. These changes will have no impact on the way a trust currently orders through NHS Supply Chain, with the key changes being:

  • Reclassification of certain products within a product category.
  • TR reports will include the new classifications.
  • Trusts can use the NHS Supply Chain online Catalogue using the new improved classifications.

2. Deletion of Obsolete Codes

As part of the review, it was identified that certain codes remained visible on our catalogues which were no longer offered to the market by suppliers. These codes will be removed from our catalogues and NHS trusts using our Online Ordering platform will see this change take place automatically, those that use a 3rd party system should accept the changes that will come through your catalogue management tool or remove these codes if you are not utilising a catalogue management tool.

3. MPCs and Descriptions

Several codes will be updated to provide more accurate descriptions or to amend the MPC’s according to the recommendations of the suppliers, these changes will have no impact on the way you order. Trusts using our Online Ordering platform will see these changes take place automatically, those using 3rd party systems should accept the changes through your catalogue management system or ensure you have an up-to-date catalogue.

No changes will be made without our dedicated NHS Supply Chain Implementation Manager’s being in contact with you first, and our Implementation Managers will be available throughout the change management process to support and answer any trust queries. See our Useful Links section to view the contact details for our Implementation Managers.

11 November 2020

To ensure trusts and suppliers find NHS Supply Chain easier to do business with. We are making improvements to the classification of all products and devices in our catalogues, across Cardiology, Radiology, Audiology, Endoscopy and Pain Management.

This will enable your trust to:

  • Search for, identify, select and order devices in an easier way.
  • Improve the accuracy of Trust Reports (TR) reporting for your trust.
  • Review your usage and categories of spend in a more robust way.

Important: This will not remove or restrict access to any products that you could previously order. This is an activity designed to enhance our service to you.

Timescales

The changes to the catalogues are planned to begin taking place in January 2021. Before any change happens you will be contacted by your NHS Supply Chain Implementation Manager, to talk through these changes and plan out the changes specific to your trust.

Next Steps

  • A cleansed trust catalogue will be created prior to any changes being made on NHS Supply Chain’s systems.
  • Each NHS trust will be contacted in advance of any changes by NHS Supply Chain implementation managers. They will provide a copy of the cleansed catalogue and a specific date for the changes to be made.
  • NHS Supply Chain’s systems will be updated on the agreed date.
  • NHS trusts using third party systems will be required to either accept the changes in their catalogue management system if they use one. Or remove the historic catalogue and upload the cleansed catalogue if catalogues are loaded manually. For any NHS trusts using Online Ordering the changes will take place automatically.
  • For any NHS trusts using masking or favourites in Online Ordering, the trust will need to review Online Ordering and update to take into account any changes.
  • Our implementation managers will be available throughout the change process to answer any trust queries.
  • See our Useful Links section for the contact details of your implementation manager. You will be contacted proactively by us in advance and before any changes take place.