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NHS Supply Chain highly commended at procurement awards

Thursday 6 November 2014

Our inventory management solution, eDC Gold was highly commended, in the best product for improving working practices category, at the 2014 Building Better Healthcare awards in London.

With an estimated £1bn of the NHS budget  attributed to consigned and high value stock NHS Supply Chain recognised that managing this cost effectively within specialist surgical areas, such as orthopaedics and cardiology, brings complex and widespread challenges for Trusts. Such challenges can affect a Trusts ability to deliver against their strategic objectives, be time consuming and potentially far more costly than they need to be.

Common challenges NHS customers have shared

  • Specialist surgical areas require more complex and tailored data usage and inventory reporting - which can take extra time and resource.
  • Limited inventory systems capability - leading to sub-efficient materials management processes, lack of inventory visibility and control, plus unnecessary clinical involvement.
  • Lack of accurate stock level and expiry data - resulting in inefficient inventory levels, potential financial liability and increased clinical compromise.

Response to these challenges

NHS Supply Chain developed the unique and cost efficient inventory management solution eDC Gold, to bring greater visibility and control to the management of high value, consigned stock in specialist surgical areas such as Orthopaedics and Cardiology.

What is eDC Gold?

eDC Gold was developed on NHS Supply Chain’s eDC demand management system, which is already used by the majority of NHS Trusts and is primarily focused on low value/high volume products. eDC Gold introduces the additional inventory management functionality required for high value/low volume product categories, such as Orthopaedics, which require an enhanced level of inventory management.

eDC Gold not only tracks stock levels but stock movements as well, telling the trust where stock is, where it has been used (i.e. location, consultant, patient), which products are owned and which are consignment. This enables consumption by location to be better understood.


The results from pilots held with Mid Cheshire and Northern Lincolnshire & Goole trusts were impressive. £5,000 a month was saved through reduced stock obsolescence, equating to 9% of managed spend. Clinical time spent on stock management reduced by 74 per cent and product call processes by 92 per cent. Mid Cheshire secured 20 days a year back to Clinical and Finance teams following the implementation of eDC Gold.

The Department of Health’s eProcurement Strategy, launched in May, referenced the benefits of eDC Gold in the drive to data transparency in the NHS. eDC Gold is available to NHS customers contracting their orthopaedic and cardiology product spend through NHS Supply Chain.

For more information

To find out more about eDC Gold and how it could help you please speak to your NHS Supply Chain Account Manager and visit:

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