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NHS Supply Chain supports NHS trusts to improve Hand Hygiene

Monday 28 April 2014

NHS Supply Chain has launched a new hand hygiene framework agreement, designed to support trusts in improving hand hygiene compliance and reducing the risk of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs). 

The contract brings together soaps, moisturisers, alcohol hand rubs and alcohol-free hand rubs for the first time under one single framework agreement. The range of hand hygiene products and the number of suppliers has been extended offering trusts greater choice and significant savings opportunities on a number of product lines.

The specification and process for the tender were put together with input from the Infection Prevention Society and the Royal College of Nursing.

Julie Storr, President of the Infection Prevention Society (IPS) explains, “IPS supports the new Framework Agreement which constitutes an important component of a multimodal behaviour change improvement strategy.”

“We fully support the development of this new framework,” says Rose Gallagher Nurse Advisor for Infection and Prevention Control at the Royal College of Nursing. “It supports healthcare organisations by providing a range of resources needed for staff to perform hand hygiene. We know how important quality products and choice are in enabling hand hygiene and this framework is a positive step forward in assisting this.”

A rigorous process of product evaluation into compliance with standards and toxicology was also carried out by the Health Infection Research Laboratory and the Health and Safety Executive Laboratory.
Nicholas Hutton, Senior Buyer - Healthcare Acquired Infection Control at NHS Supply Chain says, “This contract will make it even easier for NHS trusts to order hand hygiene products, to make savings and will support them in their aim to meet hand hygiene compliance targets. With approximately 250 product lines and three new suppliers on contract, we offer an extensive range of first-line defence products in the fight against infection.”

For more information on the new hand hygiene framework please contact your dedicated Account Manager at

For full contract information, see our Hand Hygiene contract launch brief.

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About NHS Supply Chain

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NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of the NHS Business Services Authority. 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 in 2006 from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

NHS Supply Chain 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 600,000 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. (*source: NHS Supply Chain 2009 value proposition study with Southampton NHS trust)

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 ten locations.

Delivering value to the NHS