Healthy Start vitamins in England

If you want to find Healthy Start vitamin distribution points in your area search your postcode here.

Some of the information in the guidance ‘Help pregnant women, new mothers and children get their free Healthy Start vitamins’ (HS52BE) has changed. The fact sheets below explain the changes  (click on the links to open the factsheets).

Statutory responsibility for the provision of Healthy Start vitamins

Selling Healthy Start vitamins

The Health professional’s role

Commissioning Healthy Start vitamins

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Ordering Healthy Start vitamins

  • Local Authorities
  • Foundation trusts
  • NHS trusts
  • Social enterprises
  • Hospital NHS trusts
  • Community interest companies
  • Partnership trusts
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups

can order Healthy Start vitamins by the case from NHS Supply Chain free of delivery charges. Deliveries can be made to multiple delivery points, normally at no extra charge.

  • children’s drops, a case = 12 bottles
  • women’s tablets, a case = 6 bottles.

In exceptional circumstances, e.g. very remote locations, a small delivery charge may be incurred, to be agreed with the customer in advance.

For organisations not listed, a minimum order value of £150 per order may be applied (but no delivery charge would apply).

Reimbursement process

Every quarter, organisations who have supplied the vitamins to families supported by Healthy Start in exchange for green vitamin coupons should download a claim form here. This form will need to be completed, showing how many bottles have been given out and signed by the Director of Finance (or equivalent) of the commissioning organisation (whether it is a CCG, LA, or NHS England). The signed form should then be emailed to  NHS Supply Chain will reimburse the purchasing organisation.

In summary:

1.) Organisations order Healthy Start vitamins from NHS Supply Chain directly

2.) Organisations send in a completed claim form to NHSBSA each quarter

Please note that only the actual cost of Healthy Start vitamins distributed to women and children supported by Healthy Start will be reimbursed. This excludes any administration or additional charges.

In April 2019, the NHS Supply Chain introduced a change to the costs of Healthy Start vitamins. Organisations that are Centrally Funded Customers (CFCs) will be able to purchase the vitamins for distribution at the same cost that NHS Supply Chain procured them for, this is referred to as “Buy Price = Sell Price.” In turn this means that there is a lower cost for Healthy Start vitamins for CFCs. The price of vitamin orders remains the same for organisations that are Non Centrally Funded Customers (NCFCs). To find our more about the changes and how your organisation is funded click here 


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