Nationally Contracted Products

The NHS Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) initiative aggregates national demand in order to purchase products on behalf of the whole of the NHS. This helps to optimise value and deliver savings.

NCP is focused on reducing product and price variation at a sub category or product line level through commitment to a minimal number of suppliers. Underpinning the Operational Productivity Review by Lord Patrick Carter of Coles, this approach aims to reduce spend by collaboration and consolidate purchasing power.

Trusts will be able to adopt lower cost alternative products that will deliver significant savings relatively quickly, without compromising quality or patient care. Clinical evaluation and engagement with designated reference trusts gives the voice of the customer throughout the category management process.

This will include reference to clinical evaluation reports from the NHS Clinical Evaluation Team (NHS CET) and the Category Tower clinical teams where available, in order to ensure that the appropriate clinical quality and performance are delivered. This clinical assurance will be overseen by the SCCL Clinical and Product Assurance team (CaPA).

NCP Programmes Schedule

All dates in the above NCP schedule are subject to change.

Further Information

See our Downloads ▼ section to view our standard NCP FAQs document.

If you have any questions about the Nationally Contracted Products programme, please contact the Operational Productivity team at NHS Improvement on

Downloads ▼

  • NCP FAQs

    A PDF file detailing FAQs for our Nationally Contracted Products initiative.