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We aim to deliver savings of over £1bn to the NHS by 2016 through cash releasing opportunities and back-office efficiencies. Through greater collaboration with our customers we can deliver greater savings.

Cost avoidance

  • We provide over 325,000 product lines, procuring a further 386,000 for the NHS to access directly from our suppliers - through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) we tender products and services on a national basis and are compliant with EU Public Procurement regulations so you don't have to go through the tender process yourself - this equates to a cost saving of £40,000 per contract (Atos/OCG 20089 OJEU study).
  • Proven 98.7% service level on delivery - we deliver all your products together in one delivery saving you time and money.
  • Delivery consolidation - your products are picked, packed and delivered in one delivery.
  • E-order to Payment Services - a full suite of integarted systems provided free at point of use to your trust enabling electronic order to payment with one consolidated invoice.

Innovative solutions and products:

  • Our managed inventory service allows your trusts to improve your cash flow through accurate stock control and demand planning. The trusts using this service have identified up to 50% obsolete or at risk stock.
  • Innovation Scorecard - we are committed to supporting innovation and working with both
    existing and new suppliers to bring innovative products to market which will improve patient
    outcomes and assist in the delivery of savings to NHS trusts. The Innovation Scorecard is an
    on-line submission tool for suppliers to submit innovative products,to enable innovative products
    to be available more quickly.
  • Consultation Group s ensure significant clinical input into our national procurement process, providing input on patient safety, product quality and value for money. To learn more, please visit our Clinical Consulation Groups page.
  • We are a trusted Department of Health partner such as on the:
    • National Patient Safety Agency “clean your hands” campaign
    • Innovative product pilots from “design bugs out” programme
    • Nutritional database set up to support “better hospital food campaign”.

Our commitment to sustainable development:

We are committed to preserving the natural environment and achieving a sustainable future.

We recognise the importance of sustainable development in creating a better quality of life now and for future generations.

We acknowledge that as a major employer and provider of services to healthcare organisations, our actions have long-term effects on the environment. For every aspect of our business, we aim to create solutions with inherent sustainability.

We recognise the need to join up economic, social and environmental goals. We are committed to using our core competencies to meet the needs of our stakeholders, benefit society, and minimise our impact on human and natural resources.

For further information please visit our sustainability pages.

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