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Surgical Instruments

The scope of the new Surgical Instruments framework covers a large variety of products including single use surgical instruments and packs, reusable surgical instruments, scalpels, blades and handles. These instruments come with the added benefit of single use instrument quality testing and an ISO 13485 accredited supplier base with Level 2 Labour Standards Assurance. These products are typically procured for general theatres, A&E, outpatients, podiatry clinics and central sterile services departments.

The framework covers six areas;

  • Single Use Surgical Instruments and Single Use Surgical Instrument Packs
    A wide variety of instruments including scissors, forceps, speculums (stainless steel), biopsy punch, nail clipper/nippers, retractors, needle holders, elevator and podiatry packs. To ensure instrument quality product sample submissions from applicant suppliers were sent for sample evaluation process conducted by an independent laboratory, namely; The Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory (SMTL) adding quality assurance to these products. 
  • Reusable Surgical Instruments
    Reusable surgical instruments (general instrumentation) has now moved to a direct framework. For information on the pricing, tiered discount structures and for project based purchases please contact Alex Whittle – alexander.whittle@supplychain.nhs.uk for a unique reference number.
  • Scalpel Blades, Scalpel Handles and Disposable Scalpels
    Scalpel handles and a range of sterile (non-sterile if intended for post-mortem/ mortuary use) disposable scalpels (including safety) and scalpel blades. Our safety products are designed to assist users in meeting the requirements of European Directive on Prevention of Sharps Injuries 2010/32/EU and subsequent regulations intended to minimise sharps injuries in the healthcare sector.
  • Single Use Suction Tubes
    Now a stand-alone lot we aim to focus on offering a wider range of suction tubes such as Frazier, Magill and Zoellner. This range excludes the plastic suction tubing which is available on the Suction Consumables framework.
  • Self-Retaining Retraction Systems
    This is a new range to NHS Supply Chain opening up a whole new way to operate. The self-retaining retraction systems and stays are like having another set of hands enabling staff to perform other tasks, saving time, expense, and eliminating clutter at the surgical site. The highly flexible system of rings and stays easily adapts to the anatomical site.
  • Sterile Single Use Plastic Forceps
    Sterile single use plastic forceps for use in a wide range of medical procedures, supplied sterile and packaged individually.

Following the award process a further planned e-auction was held as part of the category strategy, on Lot 1, Single Use Surgical Instruments and Packs . The e-Auction has resulted in a rationalisation in this area to five suppliers creating further savings opportunities. These five suppliers products will be launched through further communications on 1 May 2017, the products and suppliers can be identified through the product matrix linked below.

Please see the link to our full product listing below.

For further information on the framework please contact your NHS Supply Chain Account Manager.


Discontinued Lines

There are a number of products from the previous framework that have now been discontinued and are no longer available on this new framework. You can view the full list of these products, with the reasons for removal and identified potential alternative lines, where available, by clicking the link below.

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Accrington Surgical Instrument Suppliers Limited - New Meditech Systems Ltd Steri-Pod Ltd - New
Ansell UK Ltd - New Medtronic Limited - New Surgical Holdings
Aquilant Ltd - New Network Medical Products Ltd - New Swann-Morton Limited
Aspen Medical Europe Ltd - New Pennine Healthcare - New Timesco Healthcare
B. Braun Phoenix Surgical Instruments Limited Uniplex UK Ltd - New
Bailey Instruments Ltd Proact Medical Ltd - New Unisurge International Ltd
Bolton Surgical Ltd RB Medical Engineering Ltd Williams Medical Supplies Ltd.
Decree Thermo Ltd Robinson Healthcare Limited
GBUK Healthcare Ltd - New Rocialle (A Trading Division of Sunlight Services Group)
Global Linkx Ltd Sheffmed Trade Services Ltd - New
Lyall Willis & Co Ltd Sheraz Butt [Sprint Moto UK Ltd] - New

Product Categories

  • Single Use Surgical Instruments and Single Use Surgical Instrument Packs
  • Reusable Surgical Instruments (now direct)
  • Scalpel Blades Scalpel Handles and Disposable Scalpels
  • Single Use Suction Tubes
  • Self-Retaining Retraction Systems
  • Sterile Single Use Plastic Forceps.

Product Listing

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Product Matrix

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Key Benefits

Quality Testing – The following lots were subject to quality testing with external organisation, The Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory.

  • Single Use Surgical Instruments and Single Use Surgical Instrument Packs.
  • Sterile Single Use Plastic Forceps

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

  • Economies of scale - Biggest does not always mean best, but in the case of NHS Supply Chain having a national operation with seven distribution centres means we can offer the service and purchasing power that local NHS trusts deserve.
  • 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 (BSA) in its procurement.

Key Information



  • Reference
  • Launch Date01/02/2017
  • Expiry Date31/01/2019
  • Supply RouteStocked | Blue Diamond | e-direct |
  • Areas CoveredSterile Intervention Equipment |
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