The National Wound Care Strategy Programme (NWCSP) has been commissioned by NHS England and Improvement and is working with key partners to develop recommendations to support excellence in care for people with chronic wounds. The NWCSP Supply and Distribution workstream is responsible for considering issues about the supply and distribution of wound care products.
The NWCSP recognises that success will depend on recognising and addressing interdependencies between different stakeholders and services involved in wound care. This is reflected in the programme contributing to the ongoing work of NHS Supply Chain, NHS Business Services Authority, NHS England and Improvement and the Department of Health and Social Care and others around the supply of wound care products.
The role of the NWCSP Supply and Distribution workstream is to:
- Develop a wound care product classification system that could be adopted by others to improve clinical practice;
- Contribute clinical expertise to NHS partners’ development of wound care product specifications;
- Develop a set of principles of good practice for systems of supply and distribution of wound care products;
- Review unwarranted variation in product usage at national, regional and local level and to develop recommendations to reduce such variation; and
- Identify examples of good practice for widespread implementation.
The NWCSP is not responsible for:
- Tendering or procurement processes for wound care products;
- Work to review NHS procurement approaches; or
- Primary care prescribing system policies.
- Comments about these should be addressed to the relevant organisations:
Department of Health & Social Care – appliances@DHSC.gov.uk
NHS Supply Chain
Procurement specific queries:
If you would like to get involved in the National Wound Care Strategy Programme, please sign up to our Stakeholder Council.