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NHS Supply Chain at HCSA annual conference 2014

Monday 24 November 2014

Sold out two weeks before the event, the HCSA annual conference in Central Manchester brought together NHS procurement professionals for two days of thought-provoking and insightful sessions demonstrating the high level of capability in the NHS procurement community.

David Pierpoint, Managing Director of Customer Engagement for NHS Supply Chain ran a session on the second day of the conference to share with delegates evidence and learnings from key workstreams supporting the delivery of £150m cash releasing savings by March 2016.

For those who may have missed the session, David covered the following areas:

  • The importance of engagement with procurement programmes happening from top down as well as bottom up to accelerate savings.
  • Key areas focused on by NHS Supply Chain over the last 12 months to accelerate the rate of savings such as:
    • Price investment by NHS Supply Chain and suppliers
    • Improving the visibility of comparable products for customers
    • Working with suppliers on solutions to mitigate price increases and sustain savings for the long term.
  • Recognition that like all other areas of the NHS, NHS Supply Chain is evolving its approach to further accelerate savings with:
    • Greater rationalisation
    • Volume aggregation at regional and national level
    • Commitment contracts being used increasingly over 2015.
  • Sharing of good practice especially around how good engagement can maximise the value for everyone involved, using examples of the desk top stationery core range and Working Together Programme and Shelford Group collaborations.
  • Building on these learnings and evidence, the next phase of core range development was also covered with exam gloves and patient dry wipes a couple of the key areas focused on.
  • The opportunity to achieve greater savings by sharing medical capital equipment plans was highlighted with high value spend areas like patient monitoring and anaesthesia in particular being managed in a very ad hoc way.
  • Maintenance was also covered with key emphasis on allowing more time for renewal of maintenance agreements can improve value for money and avoid situations where it can end up costing more than the equipment itself.
  • Summing up, greater visibility of future demand across the NHS can enable greater savings through improved commitment and demand management. This is fundamental to helping the NHS deliver the savings and efficiencies it needs from procurement to achieve a cost base that is sustainable over the long term.

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