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New pain management solutions offer respite for thousands

Friday 22 October 2010

  • Three core treatment areas available under one contract:
  • Improved E-Direct service, and emergency delivery available.
  • Wide range of suppliers and products available through the contract
  • Bespoke trust packages are available

NHS Supply Chain’s new neuromodulation contract offers a variety of strategic pain management solutions for sufferers of conditions that vary in severity. It has the capacity to benefit thousands of patients, through one of the three forms of treatments that are available:

  • Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
    • Suppliers: Medtronic & St Jude Medical
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
    • Suppliers: Algotec, Medtronic & St Jude Medical
  • Intrathecal Drug Delivery (IDP)
    • Suppliers: Codman & Medtronic

The suppliers comprehensively cover all new and developing technology such as rechargeable systems, smaller devices, and systems with greater but useable complexity; to ensure that trusts are able to access and invest in cutting edge treatments.

Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS)
DBS is a relatively new treatment method for diseases such as Parkinson’s. Patients undergo surgery to implant a medical device similar to a cardiac pacemaker, which is connected to electrodes.

The electrodes continuously stimulate nerves by blocking the signals which cause the physical symptoms of the disease. The aim of the treatment is for patients to regain control over their movement.

Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS)
SCS therapy is utilised for the treatment of certain types of chronic pain. It involves an electrical generator that delivers pulses to a targeted area of the Spinal Cord. The source of power is supplied by an implanted battery or by an external radio frequency transmitter.

Intrathecal Drug Pump (IDP)
IDPs are used to deliver drugs directly to the cerebrospinal fluid for treatment of spasticity. Medication is delivered directly to the spinal cord, allowing the symptoms to be managed by doses that are smaller than what would be required through oral medication. The aim of the drug pump is to better control symptoms and to reduce oral medications therefore reducing their associated side affects.

Working with NHS Supply Chain allows trusts to save valuable time and money by ordering through its electronic catalogue containing over 620,000 products. Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery.

By taking up NHS Supply Chain’s neuromodulation contract, NHS trusts will have the ability to view the full product ranges from all of the top suppliers across the framework.

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Notes to editors

About NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain is a government contract operated by DHL since 2006. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). It is operated by DHL on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority and aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

The NHS Supply Chain contract manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 620,000 products ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery – this saves up to £1 per product in back office administration costs and removes up to 40 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately.

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • theatres
  • dental
  • audiology
  • catering, including food
  • infection control
  • orthopaedics
  • rehabilitation
  • capital equipment, including finance and maintenance

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in eight locations. http://www.supplychain.nhs.uk.

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