Helping your trust save, find out how

NHS Improvement have launched the Nationally Contracted Products Programme (NCP), which aggregates national demand in order to purchase products on behalf of the whole of the NHS to deliver savings.

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

Trusts will be able to adopt lower cost alternative products that will deliver significant savings, relatively quickly, without compromising on quality or patient care. The Trusted Customer offers a voice of the customer throughout the category management process, which will include reference to clinical evaluation reports from the NHS Clinical Evaluation Team (NHS CET) where available, and to alternative relevant customer evaluations if outside of the scope of the NHS CET, in order to ensure the appropriate clinical quality and performance are delivered.


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NHS Improvement and NHS BSA delivered an NCP customer webinar on Friday 7 July 2017.

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Follow up letter regarding the Nationally Contracted Products programme from the NHSI distributed on 1 December 2016.

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Introduction letter to the Nationally Contracted Products programme from the NHSI distributed on 21 September 2016.

NCP Programmes Schedule
Couch Rolls 27 March 2017
Toilet Paper 8 January 2018
Temporary Shoes 29 January 2018
Medical Pulp 5 February 2018
Disposable Underpads 12 February 2018
Catheter Tip Syringes 7 March 2018
Sharps Boxes 12 March 2018
Abdominal CTG Belts 6 April 2018
Sharps Pads 19 April 2018
Pre-Filled Syringes 10 May 2018
Examination Gloves 6n Nitrile May 2018
Specimen Swabs and Pot Containers June 2018
Surgical Theatre Gowns - Standard Gown, Fully Impervious Gown & Zone Impervious Gown June 2018
Ultrasound GelJune 2018
Fixation Pants July 2018
Open Suction Catheters, Oxygen and Suction Tubing July 2018
3 Piece IV Luer Slip Syringes TBC
Patient Dry Wipes TBC
Surgical Face Masks – Type IIR Standard & Type IIR Visor TBC
Further Information

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

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

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