Leanvation non-latex gloves


Historically, different types of surgical gloves have been necessary for different surgical specialties. Latex gloves present a risk of allergic reactions by staff. Using the latest surgical glove technology, Leanvation developed a range of latex-free surgical gloves that are thinner and softer than most existing designs, without compromising strength. This means they can be used across different surgical specialities, halving the range of surgical glove products required by hospitals.


With help from the Innovation Agency, Leanvation overcame the rigorous processes involved in securing framework award contracts with NHS Shared Business Services, Healthtrust Europe, North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative and NHS Supply Chain.

The first tender advertised required a wider range of products to be supplied than the company produced. By outlining the potential demand in the region, we were able to have this condition amended. Another tender required a minimum turnover. The Innovation Agency introduced procurement consultancy firm Apsiz, which led the challenge to this condition and supported Leanvation with the tender documentation. In both cases they were awarded the tender.

Shortly after this the national NHS Supply Chain tender was advertised and Leanvation used what they had learned to secure this contract too. Elsewhere, introductions were made to local trusts. Aintree University Hospital and Alder Hey Children’s Hospital carried out evaluations and are now procuring the Leanvation gloves, as well as recommending the gloves to trusts outside the region.


Only as a result of the intervention of the Innovation Agency’s commercial team was Leanvation able to join the NHS frameworks.