Value Based Procurement Project Update

2 January 2022

The NHS Supply Chain Value Based Procurement (VBP) project commenced in 2019 and a report highlighting the outcomes from phase one of the project was issued and positively received in February 2021.

Building on the lessons learned from the work to date, NHS Supply Chain are now focusing on the following areas of development to progress the project further:

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  • Delivery of system benefits – working in conjunction with Category Tower Service Providers (CTSPs), NHS customers and ICS’s to create an evidence base of VBP projects.
  • Delivering value – developing a mechanism for contracting for value.
  • Standardising a methodology – establishing a standardised method to recognise efficiency and value benefits.
  • Consistency of approach – in conjunction with NICE and other relevant stakeholders, working to ensure a consistent approach to the procurement of value through innovation.

More details on the current areas of focus for VBP and contact details in each CTSP are provided in this article.

See our Downloads ▼ section to discover the initial project findings in the full report.

Category Tower 1 are looking at potential VBP opportunities and suitable projects within the current frameworks.  

The following opportunities are currently being reviewed:

  • Disposable Infusion Pumps
  • High Pressure Needle Free Devices
  • Bedside Monitoring to aide insertion of NJ Tubes.

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 1 frameworks or if you would like more information on the projects mentioned, please contact:

Delyth Jones

Continuous Improvement Manager

Category Tower 2 are looking at VBP projects that aim to improve the patient pathway by delivering solutions that reduce the need for further treatment or the amount of time a patient needs to spend in hospital. The aim is to provide trusts with a comprehensive catalogue of value opportunities that ultimately improve outcomes for both patients and trusts.

The following opportunities are currently being reviewed:

  • Non-Traumatic Mesh Fixation
  • Algae Mimetic Tissue Adhesives
  • Cardiac Suture Needles
  • Parotidectomy Sealant
  • Antimicrobial Sutures
  • Preformed Breast Reconstructive Mesh.

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 2 frameworks or if you would like more information on the projects mentioned, please contact:

Robert Wilcockson

Senior Category Manager, NHS Supply Chain: Sterile Intervention and Associated Consumables

Wound Closure and Surgical Mesh

Rachael Wilsey

Senior Category Manager, NHS Supply Chain: Sterile Intervention and Associated Consumables

Procedure Packs

Mohammad Khan

Senior Category Manager, NHS Supply Chain: Sterile Intervention and Associated Consumables

Single Use Theatre Protective Clothing / Patient Temperature Management / Single Use Instruments

John Tyrell

National Category Manager, NHS Supply Chain: Sterile Intervention and Associated Consumables

Minimally Invasive Surgery / Examination and Surgeon Gloves

Category Tower 3 are looking at potential VBP opportunities and suitable projects within the current frameworks.  

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 3 frameworks, please contact:

Delyth Jones

Continuous Improvement Manager

Category Tower 4 have developed a dedicated Value Based Solutions team focussed on VBP across the NHS landscape. We are actively engaging with suppliers and health care providers to explore, develop and implement solutions, bolstered by measurable financial data, with a view to standardising relevant metrics in each of the categories.

The following opportunities are currently being reviewed:

  • Patient pathway solutions (with and without Length of Stay reduction)
  • Theatre optimisation and operational efficiency programs
  • Patient education solutions
  • Patient planning software
  • Robotics, navigation and enabling technology for enhance surgical services
  • Custom made and customisable implant ordering services
  • Patient wearables, apps and solutions for early discharge, remote monitoring and virtual appointments
  • Ophthalmic managed services
  • Whole cost improvements in ophthalmic surgery
  • Reduction in carbon emissions and environmental impacts of service delivery to patients.

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 4 frameworks or if you would like more information on the projects mentioned, please contact:

NHS Supply Chain: Orthopaedics, Trauma and Spine, and Ophthalmology

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Category Tower 5 are continually reviewing potential VBP opportunities to offer the NHS savings and improve patient pathways.

Offering support for trusts to pilot and trial initiatives, to ensure they deliver significant added value.

The following opportunities are currently being reviewed:

  • Reduction in CAUTI rates through using Bard Trays
  • Reduced number of false positive urine dips using Peezy mid-stream urine collector
  • Bladder Scanner Advantage Programme
  • Urethrotech Urethral Catheterisation Device.

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 5 frameworks or if you would like more information on the projects mentioned, please contact:

Lauren Field

Senior Category Manager, NHS Supply Chain: Rehabilitation, Disabled Services, Women’s Health and Associated Consumables

Category Tower 6 are currently developing key VBP initiatives around remote monitoring of active devices.

The following opportunities are currently being reviewed:

  • Cardiac Rhythm management
  • Neuromodulation and Audiology devices
  • New approaches to Prostate treatments

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 6 frameworks or if you would like more information on the projects mentioned, please contact:

Lee Taylor

Programme Lead, NHS Supply Chain: Cardio-vascular, Radiology, Endoscopy, Audiology and Pain Management

Category Tower 7 are engaging with NHS Trusts, Royal Colleges, Suppliers, and Trade bodies to progress VBP opportunities across the capital equipment portfolio. This includes service improvements which will save staff time and improve the patient experience, reduce hospital acquired infections and length of hospital stay, reduce scan or procedure times, increase patient throughput and reduce waiting times.

The category tower can support in delivering considerable value to the NHS and would welcome discussions with NHS organisations to identify areas of focus and to work together to implement new solutions to continue to improve the delivery of patient care.

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 7 frameworks, please contact:

Emma Dunn

Capital Trading Manager, NHS Supply Chain: Large Diagnostic Capital Equipment Including Mobile and Services

Category Tower 8 are looking at potential VBP opportunities to determine projects and pilots within the current frameworks. The Renal category is currently being reviewed for potential opportunities with Automated Peritoneal Dialysis to improve patient care, experience and consider potential reduction around the use of single use plastics and other more sustainable and environmentally conscious solutions.

The following opportunities are currently being reviewed:

  • Pan Pathology including Blood Sciences, Genomics and Molecular Diagnostics, Cellular and Digital Pathology, Point of Care Testing, Laboratory Equipment and Temperature Monitoring and Laboratory Instruments and Consumables
  • Liquid Based Cytology Systems (LBC) and High-Risk Human Papillomavirus Testing Systems (HPV)
  • Dental Technologies, Implants and Related Consumables and Services
  • Renal Replacement Therapies Services, Technologies, and Consumables
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG) Equipment and Related Accessories
  • Angiography and Associated Options and Related Services
  • External Defibrillation Devices, Resuscitation and Simulation Manikins and Related Accessories

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 8 frameworks or if you would like more information on the projects mentioned, please contact:

Angiography Team

Dental Enquiries

Defibrillation Team

Electrocardiograph (ECG) Team

Pathology Team

Renal team

Category Tower 9 are committed to reviewing all VBP opportunities within the frameworks and currently have two areas being developed:

  • Increased range and use of rechargeable batteries when the new framework goes live in February 2022
  • Opportunities for expanding and revisiting patient identification wristbands (and peripherals including printers) when this framework is retendered in September 2022.

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 9 frameworks, or if you would like more information on the projects mentioned please contact:

Marie Taylor

Programme Manager, NHS Supply Chain: Office Solutions

Category Tower 10 are committed to providing the best value from our procurement activities and are always looking at creative ways to find savings and drive efficiencies for trusts. An example of a recent project is the new food waste methodology which supports on the key recommendations from the Hospital Food Review. 

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 10 frameworks, please contact:

Category Tower 11 are currently focusing on two VBP opportunities. The initial focus will be on replacing ready to use chemicals with dosed based cleaning chemicals. If successful, this will create significant cost savings opportunities via reduced consumption and will also provide substantial sustainability benefits. The team are currently recruiting the project team from across the NHS and will then develop a value proposition and launch some pilot projects.

If there are any potential VBP projects that you believe fall into the scope of the Category Tower 11 frameworks or if you would like more information on the projects mentioned, please contact:

Clive Stoneham

Senior Category Manager, NHS Supply Chain: Hotel Services

Downloads ▼

  • Value Based Procurement Project (VBP) Report and Findings

    Find out more about the results of our VBP Pilot project in our new findings report.