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NHS Confed Conference

15 June 2021 - 17 June 2021 Online

The NHS Confederation held a virtual NHS Confed Conference for its members, partners and the wider health and social care system on 15-17 June 2021.

NHS Supply Chain’s session on 16 June at 11am explored ‘Understanding the true value of e-commerce solutions for system working’, speakers included:

  • Heather Bremble – Procurement Systems Manager, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • David Melbourne, Programme Director – NHS Birmingham & Solihull Integrated Care System
  • Colin McCready – Acting CEO, NHS Supply Chain
  • Mark Vallentine – Technology Engagement Partner, NHS Supply Chain

As the NHS moves further towards implementing ICS structures, finding ways to embed collaborative system wide working is becoming increasingly important.  Recognising the opportunities this presented, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust implemented a new materials management system across their non-acute settings which centralised materials management and ordering via NHS Supply Chain’s e-commerce solution EDC. 

This session explored how staff and patients have benefited, as well as exploring the role of e-commerce from an ICS perspective. NHS Supply Chain also shared its plans to support and develop their service to meet the evolving needs of the NHS.