NCP FAQs Vinyl and Latex Examination Gloves

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1. What was the aim of this Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) exercise?

The aim of this NCP exercise was to ensure resilience and continuity of supply, and to aggregate national demand to provide a clinically assured product at a sustainable competitive price for the NHS.

 

2. Which products have been included in this NCP?

  • Lot 1 – Latex Examination Gloves, Powder Free (Non Sterile and Sterile)
  • Lot 2 – Vinyl Examination Gloves, Powder Free, Non Sterile (Pigmented and Non Pigmented).

A full list of all new and delisted products is available on the NCP Vinyl and Latex Examination Gloves page, See our Useful Links 🔗 section for more information.

 

3. Which suppliers were successful?

The following suppliers were successful in this NCP exercise:

Lot 1

  • Supermax Healthcare Limited
  • Semperit Investments Asia Pte Limited.

Lot 2

  • Supermax Healthcare Limited
  • Unigloves (UK) Limited.
 

4. Are any suppliers being delisted?

HPC Healthline UK Limited is being delisted.

 

5. Will all products be stocked in all depots?

No, stock will be split by depot to closely match the volume split for each Lot.

Two suppliers have been awarded per lot to reduce risk and ensure continuity of supply.

Lot 1

  • Supermax Healthcare Limited (80% volume)
  • Semperit Investments Asia Pte Limited (20% volume).

Lot 2

  • Supermax Healthcare Limited (80% volume)
  • Unigloves (UK) Limited (20% volume).

The stock has been split by depot and by supplier as per the table below.

Depot Vinyl Latex
Bury Supermax Healthcare Limited Semperit Investments Asia Pte Limited
Maidstone Unigloves (UK) Limited Supermax Healthcare Limited
Normanton Supermax Healthcare Limited Supermax Healthcare Limited
Alfreton Supermax Healthcare Limited Supermax Healthcare Limited
Bridgwater Supermax Healthcare Limited Semperit Investments Asia Pte Limited
Rugby Supermax Healthcare Limited Supermax Healthcare Limited
Runcorn Supermax Healthcare Limited Supermax Healthcare Limited

6. How were the awarded products evaluated?

The products were evaluated as per the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) framework process.

The initial evaluation was carried out by the Clinical Engagement Implementation Manager’s (CEIMs); a team of seven clinicians across a broad spectrum of clinical specialities.

Further evaluations were undertaken with clinical and non-clinical staff working in NHS trusts.

 

7. Was there a requirement for the gloves to meet any clinical standards?

Yes, the gloves were required to meet the ISO standards for an examination glove and the clinical criteria developed in conjunction with clinical stakeholders in trusts.

 

8. How has sustainability been considered in this NCP exercise, including ethical procurement?

All three awarded suppliers have achieved the required Labour Standards Assurance System (LSAS) level or above.

 

9. Which procedures and situations are appropriate for the Vinyl and Latex gloves to be used in?

Trusts need to make a risk assessment on the procedure or situation and decide if the glove provides suitable protection.

Further information can be obtained from the supplier and we would refer the trust to consult the RCN document ‘Tools of the Trade’ which could offer support to end users relating to correct glove selection.

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10. Will you still have stock of current products available when the Vinyl and Latex Examination Gloves NCP is launched on 18 November 2019?

Existing products will be available while stocks last.

 

11. Are the NPC codes changing?

Yes, new NPC codes will be set up for the new products.

The Product Listing with the new NPC codes is available on the NCP Vinyl and Latex Examination Gloves page, See our Useful Links 🔗 section for more information.

 

12. Do I need to make any system changes to update standing orders and favourite lists?

Updates to favourites lists, standing orders and eDC requirements should be carried out by the trust in line with your normal procedures.

 

13. Are samples available?

No, samples will not be available.

All the products have undergone a thorough assurance and clinical evaluation process and have met the required ISO standards and clinical criteria.

 

14. What supply chain resilience can you guarantee if one of the suppliers has a supply issue?

The NCP procurement process includes a range of due diligence activities to ensure there is supply chain resilience and sustainable continuity of supply to NHS customers.

Both NHS Supply Chain and the suppliers have increased stock holding and, in the event of any supply issue, direct alternatives will be supplied, at point of order, at no extra cost to the trust.

 

15. What will happen if I choose to order directly from the supplier?

NHS Improvement has been engaging with trusts directly over the expectation that they will support this national programme. Monitoring of trust spend will be in place through the national price benchmarking tool and, where a trust is not participating in the national savings programme, their actions will have to be justified.

 

16. Is there a risk that existing products will be delisted too soon?

Delisted stock lines will be listed as “available whilst stock lasts”, any outstanding stock will still be available until stock has been depleted. You can continue to utilise your stocks of the current lines until these have also been depleted.

 

17. What impact will this have on any customer commitment discounts and retrospective rebates?

In line with the recommendations of the Carter report there is a national strategy to deliver transparent pricing. There are therefore:

  • No commitment discounts/ retrospective rebates
  • No local commitment discounts/ retrospective rebates
  • No facilitated commitment discount schemes.
 

18. What do trusts do should there be any clinical or other issue with the product allocated to their trust?

In the first instance please contact your Customer Services Advisor.

 

19. What if my trust is currently buying a similar product at a cheaper price?

Benchmarking prices using NHSI’s national price benchmarking tool PPIB, will highlight where a trust may be paying a cheaper local price. We would ask you to please notify NHSI and your Account Manager of these instances in order that the situation can be addressed.

 

20. What support will be available to trusts during the implementation/conversion period to minimise the impact on current resources?

Support will be available from your Account Manager, and the successful suppliers on the NCP programme can provide you with product training and information if required.

Information is also available via our Clinical Nurse Advisors.

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21. Where can I get more detailed information?

Please visit the Nationally Contracted Products page for the latest information about the NCP programme.

You can also contact your Account Manager or Customer Services Advisor.

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