Value Based Procurement Project Delivers Key Findings

21 December 2020

In total we had 27 submissions as part of our Value Based Procurement (VBP) project.

Originally 13 projects were selected to be pilots but due to COVID-19 this was reduced to 10. Subsequently two pilots failed to demonstrate supplier claims, leaving the remaining verified eight who all demonstrated clinical and efficiency benefits.

Value Based Procurement (VBP):

  • generates opportunities to release capacity which offers choice for NHS organisations
  • is supported by finance and procurement teams in trusts with the view that it should deliver tangible, measurable benefits that make a positive impact on patient care and increase efficiency.

Key findings of the report include:

  • clinical support and engagement are critical to the adoption of VBP
  • a need for common understanding of value between buyers and suppliers
  • assurance from suppliers to substantiate claims will aid VBP adoption for NHS trusts.

Several case studies to demonstrate the delivery of value will be shared in early 2021 along with the full project report.

30 July 2020

Value Based Procurement Report – Autumn 2020

In recent months, everyone within NHS Supply Chain and SCCL has been solely focused on supporting the NHS through the COVID-19 crisis. Consequently, we were unable to move forward with our Value Based Procurement (VBP) project.

We now are in a position to re-focus our attention on VBP and are currently in the process of writing a report which will share the findings of the project and how we aim to move forward implementing VBP within NHS Supply Chain. We will hopefully be able to share the report this Autumn.

The impact that each solution has in terms of delivering tangible and measurable results is being assessed. There is specific consideration for change management issues required to implement VBP and the implications for adopting it ‘Post COVID-19’.

This includes how the project re-engages with system stakeholders, builds on the support and momentum achieved, and ensures the project remains aligned to the emerging needs of the NHS.

Brian Mangan

Value Based Procurement (VBP) Project Lead