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Important Update – ECG Diagnostic Tab Solid Gel Adult Electrodes

Monday 13 June 2016

Important Update – Product Delist / Route Change/ New Savings Opportunities - ECG Diagnostic Tab Solid Gel Adult Electrodes

To continue the drive for cash releasing savings, a change in approach to standardise, aggregate and commit volume has been agreed with NHSBSA.  This will provide upfront cost saving opportunities.

ECG Diagnostic Tab Solid Gel Adult Electrodes
This category has been identified as suitable for consolidation where we believe trusts can make savings by reducing variation.

This supports the objectives within the Operational Productivity Review by Lord Carter and will involve a phased implementation plan which includes product delist and route changes.

Savings of up to 35% (£527k) have been identified nationally that will see the current range of 19 product codes (NPCs) reduced to 11 product codes (NPCs) through a phased programme . The products being removed will continue to be available for six months giving trusts time to undertake any clinical trials prior to making a change.

Please note 5 of the NPCs will be changed as they will be subject to route and UOI changes from June 27 2016.

Details of the code and UOI changes are shown on the matrix.

What you need to do next

Implementation planning:

Please contact your Account Manager or Customer Services Advisor to advise us:

  • If your trust wants to remain with your existing product as you will need to order on a Blue Diamond basis and we can help you plan accordingly
  • If your trust is switching with immediate effect so that a scheduled roll out plan can be agreed with advice on stock availability
  • If you cannot move to the reduced range as you will need to plan a NPC and UOI change to continue to purchase these products until they are delisted
  • If samples are required; a free sample pouch is available from the rationalised range should your trust wish to or order further samples, please order through the NHS Supply Chain online catalogue at an estimated average cost of £8.03 per box of 500 (depending on supplier choice).

It is important to note that this project will not affect the following product groups: Diagnostic Paediatric; Diagnostic tab wet gel electrodes and Monitoring ECG Electrodes. Full product list shown in attached link

Our Customer Service team is also on hand to support trusts with any questions they may have. To find out how much your trust could save, contact your Account Manager who has a trust impact statement.

“We focussed on the benefits of rationalisation for everyone and not just on cost savings. Trials weren’t required as the products were already in use.”
Chris Mortimer
Category Manager – Medical Specialties, Clinical Support, ICS & Capital
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

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