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Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) Programme: Disposable Underpads


ICN number:239

  • Date:06/02/2018
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  • Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) initiative is strategically co led by NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and is being operationalised by the NHS Business Services Authority through NHS Supply Chain.
  • NCP is a procurement tool that aims to implement the Carter Report recommendations to harness the national buying power of the NHS, remove “unwarranted product variation” and improve efficiency. The initiative is focused on driving savings through reducing variety at a sub category level and channelling national commitment to this reduced product range.


  • Attends UK has been awarded as the single supplier for Disposable Underpads (Virgin Fluff).
  • As of 12 February 2018, the products of the following seven unsuccessful suppliers will be delisted from the online catalogue for a minimum period of 12 months:
    Abena UK Limited
    Drylock Technologies
    Mahr Impex UK Ltd
    Medi-Inn Ltd
    Ontex Healthcare UK Ltd
    Robinsons Healthcare Limited
    SCA Hygiene Products UK Ltd.
  • The four successful product lines will become available to order on 12 February 2018.
  • There are potential national savings of £1.7m (22%).

Next Steps:

  • For information on trust specific savings opportunities please contact your Account Manager. Trust Impact Statements were made available in the week commencing 18 December 2017.
  • Central updates will be carried out to the relevant favourites lists, standing orders and eDC requirements to ensure a smooth transition and enable savings to be immediately realised. Please refer to ICN 232 for more details of this.
  • If you have any questions about the Nationally Contracted Products programme, please contact the Operational Productivity team at NHS Improvement on

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