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Intense stakeholder engagement to design NHS Supply Chain’s new infection control frameworks

Wednesday 18 January 2017

NHS Supply Chain has worked closely with stakeholders to scope and design its new skin disinfection frameworks. Now two framework agreements, Skin Cleansing, Disinfection & Care and Skin Disinfection & Antimicrobial Cleansing, bring together products from seven previous frameworks.

To ensure customers can be confident in the suitability of products selected and the product grouping, NHS Supply Chain carried out an in-depth category management exercise and stakeholder consultation.

The newly launched infection control frameworks coincide with the government’s plans to halve the number of gram-negative bloodstream infections by 2020. Speaking at a recent Infection Control Summit, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt stressed the importance of preventing hospital infections.

E. coli infections - which represent 65% of gram-negative infections - killed more than 5,500 NHS patients last year and are set to cost the NHS £2.3 billion by 2018.

Currently there is a large variation in hospital infection rates, with the worst performers having more than five times the number of cases than the best performing hospitals, said the Department of Health. New measures announced by Jeremy Hunt include a £45m quality premium fund to reward hospitals with fewer cases, and boosting hand washing amongst NHS staff with the publication of staff hand hygiene indicators.

Nick Hutton, Head of Category, Infection Control and Domestic Management at NHS Supply Chain says, “Combining the seven previous frameworks into just two will make it easier for NHS Trusts to order the products they need in the fight against infection. Something as simple as hand washing is vital as a first-line of defence against hospital infections such as E. coli.” 

The new frameworks in more detail:

  • Skin cleansing, disinfection & care
    Launched in August, this framework provides a complete offering for use in the cleansing, disinfection and care of both patients’ and clinicians’ skin. These products may be used in surgical, ward and community settings and cover antimicrobial body cleansing, surgical scrub solutions, surgical skin preparation and general skin disinfectant products. Hand hygiene products are included in this framework.

  • Skin disinfection & antimicrobial cleansing
    Launched in October, the products in this framework come in different classifications according to intended use. Products used for surgical skin preparation, and surgical scrub solutions, must be licensed medicines and are used for the cleaning, disinfection and decolonisation of a clinician’s and/or patient’s skin.


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About NHS Supply Chain

All information in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL and managed by 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). The initial contract which was due to expire in October 2016 has been extended for a further two years until October 2018.

NHS Supply Chain is working closely with the NHSBSA, to build on the savings already achieved to deliver £300m of the opportunities for procurement efficiency savings as highlighted in Lord Carter’s interim report: Review of operational efficiency in NHS providers.

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 316,000 nationally available, transactable lines ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and surgical equipment. In addition, it can help you plan your investment in medical capital equipment such as MRI scanners, linear accelerators and patient monitors.

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.

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 over 2,400 staff across seven sites.

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