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Contract Information Update – Central Venous Catheters and Associated Products


The new framework for Central Venous Catheters will launch on the 5 April 2018 and will run for 24 months until 04 April 2020 with an option to extend for an additional 24 months. Detailed below is the initial overview for the outcome of this award and is subject to change. We will continue to update this page with information over the coming weeks.

Areas Covered

The new framework is one lot only, consisting of the below critical care products:

  • Lumens (all sizes)
  • Introducers
  • Midlines
  • Ports
  • PICCs
  • Huber needles
  • Clothing
  • Associated accessories


  • The new framework will include 923 products, 513 of which are new products being added to this framework, bringing innovative products and more choice for our customers.
  • Realignment of product areas has resulted in products moving away from the General Wound Care, Cardiology, Renal and Syringes and Needles frameworks over to this framework.
  • New products have been introduced, including an innovative product from Tookie Limited, who are introducing clothing for children - upper body apparel that prevent ‘lines’ snagging, twisting or looping to reduce the incidence of inadvertent or accidental removal of a central line. The apparel must have at least one detachable pouch to hold the end of the catheter.

There are three new suppliers on this framework: B Braun Medical Limited, Iskus Health Limited and Tookie Limited.

*Important Note: Cook (UK) Limited has been awarded on to this framework as a current supplier of the product range. However, they are currently experiencing certification issues. As a result, at framework launch there will be 10 NPC codes in this range that will not be immediately available to order. More information can be found in the ICN 306.


  • There is an overall annualised national price increase of net £23,039.
  • However there are an estimated £134,000 savings available nationally across several lines of the framework. Please find your specific cost savings/ price increases in the analysis attached to this email.
  • Please note that all products from Cook (UK) Limited have been excluded from all analysis

(*all figures are based on current information and are subject to change)

Delisted Lines

  • A total of 105 NPC codes have been delisted.
  • Out of the 105 NPC codes, 37 have had sales listed against them over the past year. 27 of these NPC codes have potential alternatives available. Please see the delist file for details.

Alternatives - Will be made available, from April 2018. However due to the clinical nature of these products, trials will be required.

Discontinued Lines

Due to the clinical nature of this product we have not listed recommended alternatives where it has been necessary to delist products.  Please contact your Account Manager or Customer Service Advisor to discuss your requirements so that we can ensure you receive the correct alternative product. 

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  • B Braun Medical Limited
  • Bard Limited
  • Cook (UK) Limited*
  • Kimal Plc
  • Iskus Health Limited
  • Lidco Limited
  • PFM Medical UK Limited
  • Smiths Medical International Limited**
  • TFX Group Limited T/A Teleflex Medical
  • Tookie Limited
  • Vygon (UK) Limited

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Key Benefits

·         Leading suppliers on contract - Providing enhanced range and value from a single source.

More savings

·         Pay less - With NHS Supply Chain you have a wider range of product options so you can select the ones that are fit-for-purpose and value-for-money.

·         Leave your tendering to us - Spend less time and money on tendering and let our procurement specialists undertake it on your behalf.

·         Back office savings - The efficiencies of our service, ranging from e-ordering to consolidated deliveries, enable significant back office savings.

More value

·         An integrated approach - The financial benefits of NHS Supply Chain go beyond just product prices. Our approach is an integrated one that reduces cost throughout the supply chain, from raw materials to global logistics, resulting in a much lower total cost.

·         Purchasing through our route - When there are changes in the market, we can help minimise the impact of price rises and give support with cost-saving initiatives.

Our knowledge and expertise

·         Dedicated Account Managers - Your day to day contact for all queries. They will help you identify savings opportunities, solve any issues on your behalf and ensure high service levels are always met.

·         NHS Supply Chain Buyers - Procurement specialists in their product fields who can give expert advice on new and alternative products.

·         Implementation Team - Experts in helping you set up the new processes and training required when introducing new products.

·         Customer Services Team - With the daily support provided by our dedicated and knowledgeable advisors and service managers you know you are in safe hands.

·         Consultation Groups - We consult with our Consultation Groups and other relevant parties drawn from the NHS, so that we can be sure the products we are providing are fit for purpose in every way.

Peace of mind

·         Dependable deliveries - Having access to the know-how and resources of one of the world’s largest logistics companies means we can offer unrivalled dependability and responsiveness when it comes to our delivery services.

·         Framework agreement awarded in accordance with European procurement legislation

·         Sustainable development - We are certified to ISO 140001 International Standard for Environment Management System.

·         Sustainable procurement - We are working to reduce our carbon emissions by 15%.

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL and acts as an agent of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) in its procurement.


Key Information



  • Reference2012/S 204-335570
  • Launch Date05/04/2018
  • Expiry Date04/04/2020
  • Supply RouteStocked | Blue Diamond | e-direct |
  • Areas CoveredConsumables | Intravenous Cannulae | Ward Based Consumables |
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