One year on
In the Nov/Dec issue of National Health Executive magazine Jin Sahota talks about how the new NHS Supply Chain is transforming the landscape in its first year.
On 1 April 2018, a new management function, Supply Chain Coordination (SCCL) went live following a multi-year programme, one of the largest transformation programmes in the public sector.
The aim was to deliver a new operating model for NHS Supply Chain by changing the procurement landscape from one which was largely fragmented, highly complex and confusing to one which helps the NHS deliver clinically assured, quality products at the best value, through a range of specialist buying functions.
In its first year of operation, 13 new specialist contracts were awarded and embedded worth £1.5bn, in addition £2.2bn of services and assets was transferred to SCCL, the new commercially astute, government owned, management function.
The objectives of the new model were to harness the spending power of the NHS across Acute, Community and Home Care customers, delivering £2.4bn in savings directly to NHS trusts over a five-year period. Two key challenges in achieving this were to deliver a compelling offer to our customers that would bring together the collective buying power of the NHS to procure products and services through the NHS Supply Chain and transform the organisation, ensuring a seamless experience for both customers and suppliers.
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NHE Nov/Dec 2019How the new NHS Supply Chain is transforming the landscape