Miranda Carter and Emily Lawson to join SCCL Board

23 October 2019

NHS Supply Chain is delighted to announce that Miranda Carter and Emily Lawson have been appointed as Directors to the Board of Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL). They will represent the interests of NHS England and NHS Improvement and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to NHS Supply Chain.

Miranda Carter is currently Director of Provider Transformation at NHS England and NHS Improvement. Miranda joined Monitor in 2004 where she was responsible for the assessment of NHS foundation trust applications and reviewing NHS mergers & acquisitions. More recently she has taken responsibility for the provider transformation and provider policy teams within NHS England and Improvement focusing on the development of the provider sector within systems to support the delivery of the NHS long term plan commitments.

A qualified chartered accountant, Miranda started her career at Deloitte working in the UK and Hong Kong. In 1997 she joined PricewaterhouseCoopers and spent four years in the Transaction Services Department in London focusing on due diligence assignments. Her portfolio of financial experience is wide-ranging and includes mergers and acquisitions, due diligence and initial public offerings (IPOs).

Emily Lawson joined NHS England and NHS Improvement as National Director for Transformation and Corporate Operations in November 2017. She is responsible for a range of enabling corporate functions which support the effectiveness and efficiency of NHS England and NHS Improvement, with a focus on leading the transformation agenda for the organisation.

A Molecular Geneticist by background, Emily has led a number of large-scale organisational change programmes. Before joining NHS England and NHS Improvement, Emily was Chief People Officer at Kingfisher plc where she was part of the international leadership team. Prior to that, she was Group HRD at Morrisons and spent 15 years at McKinsey, where she worked across a variety of sectors leading transformation. She is also Deputy Chair of the 30% club, which aims to increase representation of women on UK plc boards, and to research and support greater diversity in the UK and global institutions.

I am pleased to welcome both Miranda and Emily to the Board. It is further evidence of collaborative working and transparency across the NHS. With their extensive experience in transformation and development I am confident they will help drive the success of NHS Supply Chain.Jim Spittle, Chair
SCCL
I am thrilled to be joining the board of Supply Chain Coordination Limited. My previous experience and current role at NHS England and NHS Improvement will help to boost ideas and increase the buying power of the NHS to ensure more money is available for our frontline services.Miranda Carter, Director of Provider Transformation
NHS England and NHS Improvement
This is an excellent opportunity to continue our collaboration to drive improvements for the NHS and the public. I look forward to working together to consolidate our procurement function which will help trusts save money to reinvest into patient care.Emily Lawson, National Director for Transformation and Corporate Operations
NHS England and NHS Improvement

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About NHS Supply Chain

All information in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales.

Managing more than 4.5 million orders per year, across 94,000 order points and 15,000 locations, NHS Supply Chain systems consolidate orders from over 800 suppliers, saving trusts time and money and removing duplication of overlapping contracts.

Lord Carter’s report into efficiency and productivity in the NHS, published in 2015, identified unwarranted variation in procurement across the NHS, resulting in the need to improve operational efficiencies to transform a fragmented procurement landscape. To undertake this transformation the Department of Health and Social Care established the Procurement Transformation Programme (PTP) to deliver a new NHS Supply Chain.

The new NHS Supply Chain was designed to help the NHS deliver clinically assured, quality products at the best value, through a range of specialist buying functions. Its aim is to leverage the buying power of the NHS to negotiate the best deals from suppliers and deliver savings of £2.4 billion back into NHS frontline services by the end of the financial year 2022/23.

The new model consists of eleven specialist buying functions, known as Category Towers, delivering clinical consumables, capital medical equipment and non-medical products such as food and office solutions. Three enabling services for logistics, supporting technology and transactional services underpin the model.

Key benefits the new NHS Supply Chain will bring NHS trusts and suppliers include:

NHS Trusts

  • Savings channelled back to frontline services
  • Releasing more time for core clinical activities
  • Greater NHS clinical involvement in purchasing decision
  • More effective introduction of new products.

Suppliers

  • Lowering sales and marketing costs
  • Single route into the national market
  • A joined-up approach across the NHS
  • Clear route for innovative products.

On 1 April 2018, a new commercially astute management function called Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL) went ‘live’. A limited company, wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, SCCL is part of the NHS family. The management function is responsible for driving commercial objectives, managing the category towers and enabling services whilst overseeing continuous improvement.