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External Contract Announcement

Tuesday 23 December 2014

The Department of Health is currently reviewing how it can assist trusts to get best value across the whole of their £22bn non-pay spend given the financial pressures that the NHS is facing. The NHS Supply Chain contract is part of this review. The NHS Business Services Authority had previously advised NHS Supply Chain that the contract would not be automatically extended for five years in its current format and that all options were being explored, which may include a shorter extension to the contract.

To inform their exploration of the options available, the Department of Health has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN), asking for expressions of interest as to how a future Procurement and Supply Chain operating model could be configured. DHL will be responding to this PIN and sharing its vision for a revised model to continue to meet the demands of the NHS in the future.

NHS Supply Chain continues to focus on its plan to deliver £150 million cash releasing savings for the NHS by the end of the 2015/2016 NHS financial year and the management of the Department of Health’s Capital Equipment Fund to help its customers deliver their cost improvement plans. NHS Supply Chain continues to work with its customers to help deliver value and is pleased that customers have recognised this through an improvement in overall satisfaction from 7.2 to 7.7 in the annual customer satisfaction survey. NHS Supply Chain will continue to look at creating additional efficiencies with suppliers and through its internal processes to help meet the savings challenge.

Find out more on the NHSBSA website

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