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Supply and Distribution

The role of the Supply and Distribution workstream is to:


  • Develop a set of principles of good practice for systems of supply and distribution of wound care products.
  • Develop a classification system for wound care products for the NHS in England.
  • As a stakeholder, contribute clinical expertise to the work of NHS partners such as NICE and NHS Supply Chain.
  • Improve data and information about the use of wound care products to address unwarranted variation in clinical practice.
  • Identify examples of good practice for widespread implementation.
  • Consider sustainability and carbon emissions associated with wound care.

The NWCSP consults with the following organisations to support and inform the Supply and Distribution workstream outputs:

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)  Visit

NHS England  Visit

NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA)  Visit

The NHSBSA reviews applications submitted by suppliers for inclusion of medical devices in Part IX of the Drug Tariff so that their products can be prescribed on FP10 in the community. Data is captured on prescribing via FP10 and is made publicly available in a number of reports including e-PACT data and the Prescribing Cost Analysis Reports.

NHS Supply Chain (NHS SC) – Visit

NHS SC manages the sourcing, delivery and direct supply of wound care products to the NHS and healthcare organisations in England and Wales.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE)  Visit

GMDN Agency – Visit

The GMDN Agency is responsible for the Global Medical Device Nomenclature (GMDN) used to identify medical devices.

PresQIPP  Visit

  • Help NHS commissioners to improve patient outcomes and manage medicine budgets effectively.

MHRA  Visit

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is an executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care and is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are safe. Products used for wound care are all registered as medical devices with the MHRA.

The NWCSP also consults with the following stakeholders to inform the NWCSP outputs.

British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA): The BHTA is a not-for-profit trade association in the healthcare and assistive technologies arena, working on behalf of members to improve industry standards and consumer protection.

Contact: info@bhta.com

Associate of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI): ABHI supports the HealthTech community to provide products and services that help people live healthier lives. As the voice of the industry, they show the value of health technology and overcome barriers to people benefitting from it now and in the future.

Contact: enquiries@abhi.org.uk

Surgical Dressing Manufacturers Association (SDMA): The SDMA are the voice of the UK surgical dressings industry. They exist to serve companies involved in the wound care, bandaging, orthopaedic, procedure pack, single-use instrument and associated market sectors in the British Isles.

Contact: sdma@dressings.org.uk

Review of Routes of Supply & Distribution of Wound Management Products in England – Download

NWCSP Supply and Distribution webinar (16.11.22) – Watch

This webinar provided an update on the development of a wound product classification system and a review of the routes of supply and distribution of wound management products in England.

NWCSP supplier engagement event slides – View

NWCSP supplier engagement event recording – Watch

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