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Total Orthopaedic Solutions

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Collaboration between the four NHS procurement hubs has resulted in the successful delivery of the first NHS Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework agreement, which will enable Trusts to better leverage spend in this key market.

The four Hubs – the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub, the NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative; NHS London Procurement Partnership and NHS Commercial Solutions - have worked together as the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership to deliver this important initiative, which is the second joint project to come to fruition.

David John, Chief Executive of East of England Hub said: “By working together, and combining national buying power with our strong regional and local engagement, we can deliver highly competitive agreements that really meet the needs of the NHS, of suppliers and above all of patients. Our next activity is the development of a Total Cardiology Solutions framework agreement, due to go live on 1st April 2015.”

Background to the Contract

The framework agreement encompasses a huge range of orthopaedic solutions to meet the varying needs of all four hubs’ members.

Lots include:

  • Orthopaedic Hip Arthroplasty
  • Orthopaedic Knee Arthroplasty
  • Orthopaedic Extremities Arthroplasty
  • Orthopaedic Trauma, Implants and Consumables
  • Spine
  • Arthroscopy / Sports Medicine
  • Bone Preparation
  • Orthopaedic Power Tools and Consumables
  • Regenerative Technology
  • Orthopaedic Generic Instrumentation

 Benefits include: 

  • A strategic pricing schedule per lot to attract best pricing opportunities
  • Annual volume band price breaks
  • Annual spend value price breaks
  • Additional percentage discounts for volume band commitments per Trust
  • Option to work across one or more lots
  • Ability to work under a Managed Service (where applicable)
  • Working with the Hub to conduct strategic rationalisation and benefit from cost reduction, opportunities for value added services and improved efficiency.

In May 2014, the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership launched the National Collaborative Framework for the Supply of Nursing and Nursing Related Staff, which is now being used by over 120 Trusts across England. A further collaborative framework agreement – NHS Total Cardiology Solutions – is on target for going live on 1st April 2015.

London Procurement Partnership’s Medical, Surgical and Supply Chain Senior Workstream Lead Marc Osborne said: “We have awarded a Total Solutions framework agreement that for the first time sees contract coverage across the hubs’ membership including product areas not previously taken to market. Our priority will be to deliver benefits and solutions for our respective hub members but we have structured the framework agreement so that it can apply nationally, further simplifying procurement in this category.”

Alyson Brett, Chief Executive of NHS Commercial Solutions said the project was an example of how the Partnership demonstrated best practice for NHS procurement.

Keith Rowley, North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative Managing Director, said: “A key objective of this collaboration is to avoid duplication of effort, addressing one of the main areas of concern raised by the DH in its 2013 publication Better Procurement Better Value Better Care.”


For more information about the Total Orthopaedic Solutions Framework, please Helen Mason, Procurement Project Manager at the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub. Email: