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General Wound Care


The Framework Agreement for General Wound Care will renew on 01 August 2017 and will run for 12 months with an option to extend for up to a further 36 months.

Areas covered

  • Film Dressings and Associated Products
  • Skin Protectants
  • Medical Adhesive Tapes
  • Non-Woven Island Dressings
  • Super Absorbent Dressings
  • Dressing Pads
  • Bandages
  • Medical Swabs
  • Gauze Absorbents
  • Oral Swabs
  • Medical Prep Swabs
  • Nasal Swabs and Nasal Tampons
  • Cotton Wool
  • Non-Woven Balls
  • First Aid Kits
  • Plasters
  • Ambulance & Emergency Products
  • Oral Mucositis & Associated Products


Products - 200 new products have been added to this Framework Agreement from both new and existing suppliers.

Suppliers - 42 suppliers, eight of which are new (See the suppliers tab for full list).

Savings Potential Savings are estimated at £4.19m nationally, through the utilisation of different savings levers.

Price Increases - The anticipated impact of price increases is £1.4m nationally. To counteract some of these increases Price Ranking and Compare & Save will be available, to allow customers to review comparative alternatives.

Delisted Lines - 565 lines have been delisted, alternatives where appropriate will be identified. The majority of delists will take effect from 01 November 2017, providing opportunity to make alternative arrangements where necessary.

Alternatives - Whilst the overall structure of the new Framework Agreement does not differ much from the previous, those trusts affected by any delists are advised that they will need to review available alternatives.

Next Steps: - The full product listing and final delisted lines matrix are now available. If you have any further questions around this framework, please contact your Account Manager.

* Please note all details and figures are subject to change and final versions will be communicated to you at a later date.


Discontinued Lines

The full list of discontinued lines will be provided during Phase 2 of this launch. We aim to have this information by the start of October.

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3M United Kingdom Plc 365 Healthcare Activa
Advancis Aero Healthcare Aquilant
Aspen Medical Bard Ltd Bluebox Medical
BSN Medical Clinimed Clinisupplies
Convatec Crawford Healthcare Fontus (New to NHS Supply Chain)
H&R Healthcare Healthline IMS Euro (New to Framework)
Iskus (New to Framework) KCI Medical (New to Framework) LINC (New to Framework)
Medicare Colgate (New to Framework) Medicareplus International Medline
Molnlycke Neuro-Technics (New to Framework) Newcampe
Paul Hartmann Prometheus (New to NHS Supply Chain) Reliance Medical
Richardson Healthcare Robinson Healthcare Rocialle
Sallis Healthcare Shermond Smith & Nephew
Steroplast Synergy Health Plc Unisurge
Urgo Vygon

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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



  • Reference
  • Launch Date01/08/2017
  • Expiry Date31/07/2018
  • Supply RouteStocked | Blue Diamond | e-direct |
  • Areas CoveredConsumables | Dressings and Woundcare | Wound Closure |
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