Designed to work alongside traditional needle and syringe exchange channels, NSPdirect offers commissioners, and drug services the means to enable people who inject drugs in their area to directly access equipment via a postal needle and syringe service, online, setting up an account with a voucher code.
To use our postcode checker to find out if your area is covered by NSPdirect, click here.
Commissioner controlled geographical equipment, and spend account parameters;
Detailed transaction reporting;
Monthly. consolidated, itemised invoicing; and
Real-time spend visibility.
NSPdirect enables services to offer postal needle and syringe availability as a component of the needle and syringe programme to increase coverage, and reach.
We have printed a practitioner's guide to NSPdirect, that we are happy to send out, to order it click here.
How does it work?
When your area or service joins the scheme, Exchange Supplies will create a set of secure activation codes that are unique to your scheme. The codes can be distributed, by local services, to those people who inject drugs, that want to be able to set up an online account on exchangesupplies.org to order equipment.
The commissioner will have complete control of the parameters that govern the account, including:
Postcode areas that equipment can be delivered to;
Products that can be supplied;
Maximum order value; and
Time before voucher needs to be renewed by the client re-confirming / updating their demographic details.
So that activity data reporting from NSPdirect can be harmonised with current datasets, the account creation process will ask for customisable demographic data such as:
First 3 letters of postcode;
Date of birth (DDMMYYYY); and
Drug(s) of choice.
The client will be encouraged to provide positive consent for that data to be shared with the commissioner / service provider during registration, and — as with all UK needle exchanges — they will have the option to use the service anonymously, without any of their personal data being reported with the transaction data. All data transfer to / from the Exchange Supplies website is encrypted, and all personal data is securely stored in the UK.
Once logged in, the client will be taken to the page listing the products available for free delivery, which will be formatted like this (click to view), and the 'price' will be listed 'Free'.
This product list would normally be the products currently available via the existing pharmacy needle and syringe programme, plus if required, additional products such as Naloxone.
For ease of repeat ordering, client account holders once logged in, will be able to see their personal order history, select favourites, and repeat previous orders.
Exchange Supplies will provide full transaction reports, with data that will be at least equivalent to current pharmacy NSP data collection.
All NSPdirect orders will be billed monthly, on a separate consolidated invoice, listing full details of all transactions with client address redacted to protect confidentiality (we will provide order number and first 3 digits of postcode so that a full audit is possible).
How much does it cost?
We anticipate that NSPdirect provision will cost the same as, or less than, pharmacy needle and syringe provision. Equipment will be supplied through NSPdirect at your current competitive prices. There is no annual retention or licence fee, nor any per-transaction costs. The only additional costs will be a reduced carriage charge of £3+VAT for orders placed by clients, for equipment with a net value of less than £25.
NSPdirect has been developed in response to the COVID19 pandemic, and is live with the feature set above. We plan to add additional features including:
The ability for clients to pay separately for additional harm reduction items to be included in their order;
Automatic upload of transaction data to recording systems such as NEO;
Customisable registration dataset fields; and
A subscription service, in which clients can set periodic deliveries, fully customisable with pause, bring forward, and stop options, offered by email prior to dispatch;
Encouragement to allow us to share email addresses with local service providers, to facilitate targeted messaging; and
Additional customisable information to be added to landing pages, and confirmation emails.
For further information, please contact your Exchange Supplies account manager, or email:
Exchange Supplies is an organisation with our roots in the provision of confidential drug services, and we absolutely understand the need for discretion in the outer packaging of our goods when shipping to individual customers.
If you tick the discreet packaging tick box your order will be shipped in plain packaging, looking just like any other mail order package. There will be no branding, stickers, logos, or stamps on the outside that would enable someone to guess what the contents are. For UK orders we usually use Royal Mail tracked service as this is likely to draw less attention than an orange TNT lorry.
Overseas orders will have a label on the outside containing a customs notification declaring the contents.
Exchange Supplies is an organisation with its foundations in the provision of confidential healthcare to a patient group who care more about their confidentiality than any other - injecting drug users.
So you know we really mean it when we say we take your privacy, and right to confidentiality, very seriously. We dispatch goods to individuals in plain packaging.
We do, of course, collect information about you when you give it to us on the phone or through the website. When placing an order you will be required to supply your credit card or bank details but these will only be stored until your order has been despatched. We can only access these again by logging onto a secure server to assist us should there be a dispute with your payment. We respect your privacy and will not divulge data you supply to us for payment and delivery of goods without your permission, all data is stored in accordance with the Data Protection Act.
Please note that we are required by the carriers to give the mobile number and email address you supply to them. They may share this with the customs authorities in your country.
We have taken all reasonable care to protect your data and our system. Of course, if someone were to break into our password protected system and steal or corrupt data, that is a criminal act, and they would be liable for their actions and not us.
Exchange Supplies returns policy
By placing an order online, you are committing to buy the products you have selected.
If we supply you with incorrect (or faulty) goods please get in touch straight away so we can correct our mistake and supply the correct product(s).
Your assistance in returning the goods sent in error will be required, and we will, of course, cover the agreed associated shipping costs. We will normally arrange collection, or ask you to post the goods back by recorded delivery. If you choose to return goods using any other method, we reserve the right to only refund what it would have cost us to arrange collection by our courier.
If after delivery you want to cancel the order, please contact us so we can discuss the practical arrangements for returning the goods. We are an ethical business, and strive to offer the highest levels of customer service, but we have to reserve the right, at our discretion, to:
charge a restocking fee
not refund outbound carriage costs (based on the actual cost to us)
make you pay for return of the goods in a saleable condition.
Exchange Supplies terms & conditions for customers, and use of our website and its contents
The price payable for the goods is that as set out at the time you place your order and should coincide with those prices listed within the website. VAT, where applicable, is included in all prices displayed online. We reserve the right to adjust these prices without warning or prior notice. Errors and Omissions are unlikely because the webshop is integrated with our accounts system, but we have to stipulate that they are excepted (E&OE).
Some customers are exempt from VAT, the prices given in a web order may still show VAT, however, this will be deducted prior to dispatch.
We strongly recommend that you use a delivery address that is generally occupied during normal working hours (Monday to Friday, 09.00 to 17.30). If we have to organise redirection of your goods once dispatched, or pay for the goods to be returned to us, we reserve the right to pass on any additional costs to you.
We will not be liable for any return postage costs unless the goods are dispatched faulty or the incorrect items are sent to you.
If you are unhappy with any goods we supply, please call us on 01305 262244 and we will endeavour to resolve your complaint quickly.
Your order will not be dispatched until we have received clearance from your credit card company.
If all or any of your order is not ready for dispatch we will not take any money from you until the goods are ready to go.
Please also see our returns, privacy and delivery policies.
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