National (NHSCPP) Frameworks

Clinical Consumables

A new framework agreement to cover Clinical Consumables has been launched. It was identified by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) as being of benefit to its members and has been established to allow public sector organisations to award contracts for the supply and delivery of a wide range of Clinical Consumable products.

A key objective of this framework is to avoid duplication of effort, addressing one of the main areas of concern in the Lord Carter Report ‘Operational Productivity and Performance in English NHS Acute Hospitals’.

NHS CPP (which includes NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub, London Procurement Partnership and North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative) has a common purpose in striving to secure value for money and to offer comprehensive support for their respective NHS member organisations. This is achieved through collaborative procurement, supporting the aims of the National Procurement Strategy through seeking to minimise duplication, which should lead, ultimately to improved patient care and experience.

All suppliers appointed to this framework agreement provide comprehensive and innovative Clinical Consumables equipment and proactively assist contracting authorities in their attempts to achieve efficiency savings through improved ways of working without impacting on patient care.

The framework agreement provides for the supply and delivery of Clinical Consumables using market leading suppliers. NHS organisations have the option to award to any supplier to achieve direct delivery. Service options such as bulk delivery are also available by conducting a price benchmarking exercise or a further competition.

To award a contract under this framework the contracting authority may select any supplier available in the lot on the framework to achieve value for money and complaint route to market. The Hub is able to support members in getting the most out of using this contract.

Clinical Consumable Framework Lot Structure:

  • Lot 1: Procedure Pack
  • Lot 2: Single Use Instruments
  • Lot 3: Single Use Drapes    
  • Lot 4:  Single Use Gowns
  • Lot 5: Theatre Hats and Masks 
  • Lot 6:  Surgeon Gloves
  • Lot 7: Examination Gloves 
  • Lot 8: Patient Temperature Management

The contract runs from 14th February 2017 to 13th February 2019, with 2 x 12 month extension periods available.

For further information please contact John Tyrrell

NHSCPP National Clinical Staffing Framework

Over the last few years, the amount of money spent on agency staffing has increased to around £3.3 billion per year. In late 2015 Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority (now part of NHS Improvement) set maximum rates the NHS should pay for temporary staff – those rates were lowered again in February and April 2016. All agencies awarded a place on the framework have agreed to provide candidates within the April rate caps set by NHS Improvement.

The new CPP National Clinical Staffing framework replaces the first national NHS framework for the supply of nursing and nursing-related staff and has been developed by the NHS hubs in consultation with NHS HR Directors, Staff Bank Managers and procurement specialists from across the NHS; and through close working with NHS Improvement to ensure that this framework is tailored around and fully compliant with the current rules. Agencies have also been consulted during the development period, and their proposals for the best ways for the NHS to manage costs and demand without compromising clinical quality and patient safety taken into consideration.

Benefits of using National Staffing Framework

  • This framework has been created in consultation with NHS Improvement, in order to support the agency pricing cap rules which came into effect November 2015. Using this framework ensures that your organisation is compliant with current NHSI regulations and is future-proofed to take into account any further agency price regulations.

  • Assurance. All Suppliers have been audited pre-award to ensure that their processes and procedures comply with NHS Employers standards.

  • Flexibility. Trusts are able to use agencies as employment businesses, direct engagement, neutral vendor or in master vendor arrangement.

  • Prices compliant with April Rate Caps and July wage caps.

  • Easy, flexible, free and ready to access nowThe framework is free to the NHS and other relevant public sector organisations

    Lot Structure

    The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership's National Clinical Staffing framework provides access to temporary and permanent staff for a wide range of clinical roles, including:

    • Medical and Dental Staff
    • Nursing and Midwifery
    • Other clinical staff, including Allied Health Professionals and Health Science Staff

    Under this framework, our customers have the option to choose how they source their temporary staff. Customers are able to choose a traditional agency model or directly engage temporary or permanent staff, use a neutral vendor or if preferred, contract with one agency for all clinical staffing groups. 

    The Clinical Staffing framework has three lots:

    Lot 1- Employment Business – Under this lot agencies supply temporary workers and pay the worker.

    Lot 2 - Employment Agency – Agencies supply either temporary or permanent workers to the trust, but the trust pays the worker, with the agency receiving a commission fee.

    Lot 3 - Neutral Vendor- The supplier acts as a neutral party. They do not supply their own staff, but instead manage the supply chain.

    Further information can be found in the user guide.

    Further Information

    For further information on this framework, please contact either Liz Shambrook or Neil Baigent.

Total Cardiology Solutions

This national framework agreement commenced on 4th May 2015 and was led by London Procurement Partnership in collaboration with three other NHS procurement hubs (North of England CPC, East of England and NHS Commerical Solutions)  to  implement a nationally accessible agreement for all aspects of orthopaedics

Contract Duration : 2 years | 04/05/2015-03/05/2017 (plus option to extend by 2 x 12 months)

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Lot Structure

The framework agreement encompasses the following lots:

  • Lot 1 – Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators and Pacemakers
  • Lot 2 - Electro Physiology
  • Lot 3 - Cardiac Stents and Transcatheter Aortic/Pulmonary Valves and Insertion Devices
  • Lot 4 - Interventional Radiology Products used in Cardiology
  • Lot 5 - Hypertension - including Renal Denervation solutions
  • Lot 6 - Heart Valves
  • Lot 7 - Perfusion
  • Lot 9 - Beating Heart Surgery Products

Supplier List

Please click here for suppliers on this framework

Further Information

For further information on this framework, please contact either Jane Taylor or John Tyrrell

Total Orthopaedic Solutions

This national framework agreement commenced on 1st January 2015 and was led by North of England  in collaboration with three other NHS procurement hubs (London Procurement Partnership, East of England and NHS Commercial Solutions)  to  implement a nationally accessible agreement for all aspects of orthopaedics

Contract Duration : 3 years | 01/01/2015-31/12/2017 (plus option to extend by 1 x 12 months)

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Lot Structure

Total Orthopaedic Solutions is made up of ten distinct lots:

  1. Orthopaedic Hip Arthroplasty: Hip primary and revision joint replacement including FNOF hemi-arthroplasty and bespoke/custom made implants
  2. Orthopaedic Knee Arthroplasty: Knee primary and revision joint replacement including bespoke/custom made implants.
  3. Orthopaedic Extremities: Shoulder, elbow and ankle joint reconstruction and fracture management through prosthetic arthroplasty, including bespoke/custom made implants.
  4. Orthopaedic Trauma, Implants and Consumables: All trauma implants by way of emergency trauma and elective non-recon / congenital correction implants, external fixation devices and consumables. CMF also included within this Lot.

  5. Spine: Orthopaedic spinal implants and consumables including spine specific cements and substitutes.

  6. Arthroscopy / Sports Medicine: All capital and consumable items required for arthroscopic surgery including all stack systems and hardware for resection / ablation etc. All specialist instrumentation disposables and Implants for soft tissue repair and mobilisation.

  7. Bone Preparation: Bone cement, Mixing Systems, Pulse Lavage, Bone substitutes, Cement Pressurisers, associated products.

  8. Orthopaedic Power Tools and Consumables: Large bone, trauma and high speed power tools including all loan agreements, maintenance and all associated consumables.

  9. Regenerative Technology:  All biologic and synthetic bone and soft tissue substitutes and additional products such as platelet separation systems.

  10. Orthopaedic Generic Instrumentation: Generic operating theatre instrumentation required throughout any orthopaedic procedure;

    including bone nibblers, retractors, rongeurs, osteotomes, mallets,curettes, etc.

Inventory Management Systems


One recommendation of Lord Carter’s review is the introduction of systems to improve procurement processes and management. Inventory management systems are seen as key to support the efficiencies driven by the review and to aid trusts in meeting the requirements of the GS1 and PEPPOL initiatives.


NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership (NHS CPP) has successfully delivered a number of projects, including the Total Orthopaedic Solutions (TOS) and Total Cardiology Solutions (TCS) Framework Agreements. The intricacies of managing activity in contracts let under the TOS Framework Agreement, in particular, have identified the need, in a number of organisations, for a means of managing the flow of equipment and consumable stocks through the surgical process.


NHS Commercial Solutions, on behalf of NHS CPP, has awarded this framework agreement to enable a quick and relatively simple route to market for NHS organisations seeking to procure a contract. The framework agreement commenced on 1 September 2017 for a period of four years and is available to any NHS organisation in the UK.


Nine suppliers have been appointed to the framework agreement:

  • Advanced Business Solutions

  • Becton Dickinson UK Ltd

  • Assistive Partner Limited

  • Cardinal Health UK 432 Limited

  • Epaccsys Ltd

  • Genesis Automation

  • GHX UK Ltd

  • Ingenica Solutions Limited

  • Omnicell Ltd


Please contact for further information.

Clinical consumables
National Clinical Staffing
Total Cardiology Solutions
Total Orthopaedics

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