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New product categories in expanded Surgical Implants framework

Wednesday 6 December 2017NHS Supply Chain has launched an updated framework for Surgical Implants for men and women’s health which expands the range and choice of products available to NHS trusts.

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£250 million cash releasing savings achieved for the NHS

Thursday 26 October 2017NHS Business Services Authority and NHS Supply Chain are pleased to announce that as of the end of September 2017 they have achieved over £250 million cash-releasing savings which should assist Trusts in maximizing their procurement budgets. These cash-releasing savings have been delivered against the £300 million target set for September 2018 by the Department of Health.

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NHS Supply Chain publishes Sustainable Development Report

Thursday 20 July 2017NHS Supply Chain is pleased to announce the launch of its 2015-16 Sustainable Development Report. The report outlines the commitment to deliver sustainability benefits for NHS customers, placing strong emphasis on the progress made in ethical procurement and transparency.

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Ethical procurement a key part of surgical instruments framework

Tuesday 21 February 2017The launch of NHS Supply Chain’s new surgical instruments framework highlights its strong commitment to ethical procurement.

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Intense stakeholder engagement to design NHS Supply Chain’s new infection control frameworks

Wednesday 18 January 2017NHS Supply Chain has worked closely with stakeholders to scope and design their new skin disinfection frameworks. Now two framework agreements, Skin Cleansing, Disinfection & Care and Skin Disinfection & Antimicrobial Cleansing, bring together products from seven previous frameworks.

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NHS Supply Chain’s new Maintenance framework reflects customer needs

Friday 14 October 2016NHS Supply Chain is pleased to launch a new framework for the Maintenance, Repair and Calibration of Medical Equipment.

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NHS Supply Chain’s new Medical IT framework offers Trusts an expanded portfolio

Monday 10 October 2016A wide range of products available to complement core PACS and RIS systems.

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Fleet renewal programme for NHS Supply Chain

Monday 8 August 2016NHS Supply Chain has commenced taking delivery of its whole fleet renewal programme including 120 new vehicles from DAF Trucks. The new DAF fleet represents a substantial commitment from NHS Supply Chain to deliver a great service to the NHS, enhancing both operational safety and efficiency of time critical deliveries.

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NHS Supply Chain agrees commitment deal for advanced radiotherapy systems with Accuray

Thursday 21 July 2016NHS Supply Chain has agreed a commitment deal with Accuray to provide up to seven TomoTherapy® Systems for the NHS. The TomoTherapy® system is specifically designed for image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). This enables physicians to efficiently deliver highly accurate, individualised dose distributions which precisely conform to the shape of the patient’s tumour while minimising doses to normal, healthy tissue.

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The NHS Core List – next phase offers national savings of up to £2.87m*

Tuesday 19 July 2016The NHS spends over £22bn (about 30% of its overall operating cost) every year on goods and services. NHS Supply Chain, under the guidance of the NHS Business Services Authority, is tasked with utilising this considerable combined purchasing power through product standardisation and rationalisation. Achieving greater commitments of spend through central aggregation will save money that can be put back into front-line services.

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NHS trusts to benefit from latest NHS Supply Chain deal with Elekta Ltd

Monday 9 May 2016The new deal will help deliver world class cancer care and significant savings for the NHS.

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New equipment types in expanded and renewed Architectural Surgical Medical Systems framework

Monday 7 March 2016New additions to renewed framework make accessing innovative equipment easier than ever.

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Unique NHS Supply Chain and NHS Litigation Authority collaboration receives prestigious Go Award nomination

Tuesday 16 February 2016NHS Supply Chain is proud to announce that it has been jointly nominated with the NHS Litigation Authority for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards which will take place on 8 March 2016.

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NHS Supply Chain launches new national framework to provide Imaging, Radiotherapy and Endoscopy Equipment

Thursday 14 January 2016NHS Supply Chain launches new national framework to provide Imaging, Radiotherapy and Endoscopy Equipment

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NHS Supply Chain agree national commitment deal to deliver vital cancer treatment systems to NHS trusts

Tuesday 24 November 2015NHS Supply Chain agree national commitment deal to deliver vital cancer treatment systems to NHS trusts

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Ground breaking study highlights the benefits of newer radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging equipment for patient safety and the NHS

Monday 16 November 2015Ground breaking study highlights the benefits of newer radiotherapy and diagnostic imaging equipment for patient safety and the NHS

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NHS Supply Chain delivers sustainability benefits for NHS customers

Wednesday 5 August 2015NHS Supply Chain is pleased to announce the launch of its annual sustainability report.

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NHS Supply Chain Customer Board announces new structure

Tuesday 2 June 2015Four local Customer Boards and a Clinical Reference Board established to drive the hospital efficiency agenda within the NHS

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NHS Supply Chain to offer sight saving retinal scanners across England following successful rollout in Wales

Friday 13 February 2015NHS Supply Chain is offering hospitals across England access to industry leading retinal screening equipment which has the potential to save the eyesight of more than 400 people per year.

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NHS Supply Chain supports the Department for Education to provide defibrillators for the UK’s schools

Wednesday 26 November 2014NHS Supply Chain is pleased to announce that it has entered into an innovative agreement with the Department for Education (DfE).

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NHS Supply Chain to launch innovative Mobile and Strategic Clinical Solutions national framework agreement.

Monday 6 October 2014NHS Supply Chain is launching the first national mobile and clinical solutions framework of its kind in December.

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Driving sustainable national savings for the NHS

Wednesday 17 September 2014NHS Supply Chain has lowered its national prices by over £11.9 million across eight key product areas between February and August 2014 *

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NHS Supply Chain offers even more flexibility and choice for trusts through new Leasing Solutions Framework

Tuesday 16 September 2014NHS Supply Chain is proud to announce that it has recently awarded a new Leasing Solutions framework.

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NHS Hearing Aid framework agreement renewed: new products, technology and savings

Thursday 11 September 2014NHS Supply Chain’s renewed Hearing Aid and Accessories framework agreement that launched in August offers trusts high quality products and even better value.

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NHS Supply Chain welcomes launch of new eProcurement Strategy

Thursday 8 May 2014The new strategy is designed to support trusts in improving NHS procurement activity.

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NHS Supply Chain supports NHS trusts to improve Hand Hygiene

Monday 28 April 2014NHS Supply Chain's new hand hygiene framework agreement sees an increase in both the range of products available and the numer of suppliers, offering trusts greater choice and significant savings opportunities on a number of product lines.

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Reducing the impact of NHS purchasing on the environment

Wednesday 23 April 2014NHS Supply Chain’s recent Sustainability Report highlights the milestones achieved.

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Driving procurement efficiencies to deliver £150 million in cash releasing savings back into the NHS

Tuesday 1 April 2014NHS Supply Chain is committed to working with its suppliers to further reduce costs at the request of the Department of Health (DH) and the Cabinet Office (CO) to protect front-line patient services.

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NHS Supply Chain offer new Pathology product range

Thursday 6 February 2014NHS Supply Chain has launched a new Small Laboratory Equipment and Accessories framework agreement, offering 48 new categories of equipment and accessories from 15 suppliers.

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NHS Supply Chain launches new Sustainable Development Strategy

Thursday 17 October 2013NHS Supply Chain launches new Sustainable Development Strategy for 2013-2016.

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NHS Supply Chain working with suppliers to create efficiences for the NHS

Monday 7 October 2013NHS Supply Chain recently held the second in a series of Supplier Partnership Workshops. Building on the success of the first event in June, the Workshop provided NHS Supply Chain and its suppliers with an open forum to discuss new ways of reducing costs to generate greater efficiencies for the NHS.

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Department of Health (DH) signs Varian deal through Capital Equipment Fund operated by NHS Supply Chain

Monday 26 August 2013The NHS Supply Chain bulk buy discount deal enables savings to be passed back to the NHS whilst modernising the asset base and improving patient outcomes.

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NHS Supply Chain site win prestigious national award

Thursday 8 August 2013NHS Supply Chain’s Bridgwater site has been awarded the Investors in People (IIP) Bronze award in recognition of the business’ commitment to developing, supporting and motivating staff.

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NHS Supply Chain welcomes publication of NHS Procurement Strategy

Monday 5 August 2013CEO, Nick Gerrard welcomes the publication of the NHS Procurement Strategy

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NHS Supply Chain trials revolutionary prototype hybrid vehicle

Monday 17 June 2013NHS Supply Chain has commenced a trial of a prototype series hybrid vehicle - the first of its kind in the UK.

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NHS Supply Chain’s PACS and RIS Exhibition packs a real punch

Wednesday 29 May 2013NHS trusts were recently invited to attend our unique PACS and RIS exhibition and conference in Nottingham.

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NHS Supply Chain launches new strategic sourcing programme to suppliers

Thursday 23 May 2013NHS Supply Chain launches new strategic sourcing programme to suppliers

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NHS Supply Chain announces results for meat products

Friday 1 March 2013NHS Supply Chain announces results for meat products

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Get to the heart of procurement with NHS Supply Chain

Wednesday 27 February 2013NHS Supply Chain welcomes National Heart Month

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NHS Supply Chain goes on the road to get to the point of clinical safety

Tuesday 26 February 2013NHS Supply Chain goes on the road to get to the point of clinical safety

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NHS Supply Chain supports growing appetite for sustainable hospital food

Monday 7 January 2013NHS Supply Chain supports growing appetite for sustainable hospital food

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NHS Supply Chain gives local youngsters a chance to shine

Thursday 29 November 2012By working with The Prince's Trust on their Get Into Logistics programme, NHS Supply Chain gives local youngsters a chance to develop work based skills and experience in Runcorn

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NHS Supply Chain goes on the road to promote Safer Sharps campaign

Wednesday 28 November 2012NHS Supply Chain has launched a roadshow of events to raise awareness of the forthcoming EU Directive on the prevention of sharps injuries across healthcare professionals.

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NHS Supply Chain CIPS award recognises procurement expertise

Tuesday 13 November 2012NHS Supply Chain received certification from the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply (CIPS) today in recognition of the business’ delivery of globally recognised procurement standards.

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Campaign for ethical trading in the NHS gathers pace

Thursday 1 November 2012A new training programme supporting NHS staff to ethically procure goods and services was launched today, 1 November 2012.

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First computed tomography (CT) scanner purchased through NHS Supply Chain’s and Department of Health’s capital fund

Tuesday 2 October 2012Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has become the first NHS trust to benefit from the £300 million capital funding partnership between NHS Supply Chain and the Department of Health (DH) launched in May 2012.

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NHS Supply Chain reduces carbon emissions by 26 per cent

Thursday 9 August 2012The publication of NHS Supply Chain’s fourth annual sustainability report shows a significant reduction in the carbon footprint of the organisation over the past three years.

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Smarter, better, procurement; NHS Supply Chain welcomes the Department of Health’s ‘Raising our Game’ guidelines

Friday 1 June 2012The Department of Health (DH) has announced that smarter collaborative buying could save the NHS in excess of £1.2 billion over the next four years.

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Buying smarter could save the NHS £1.2bn

Monday 28 May 2012New ways of buying supplies and medical equipment could save the NHS £1.2 billion to reinvest in patient care, Health Minister Simon Burns announced today.

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NHS Supply Chain plants for a greener future

Thursday 12 April 2012NHS Supply Chain recently worked with NHS Forest to plant 40 trees in the north west to help offset the business’ carbon footprint.

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Smart Product Innovations Direct to Trusts Through NHS Supply Chain’s Improved Innovation Scorecard

Wednesday 4 April 2012NHS Supply Chain’s refreshed Innovation Scorecard has been made simpler for suppliers to use, whilst still offering the quickest route to market.

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NHS Supply Chain to launch new PACS and RIS framework

Tuesday 27 March 2012NHS Supply Chain has today announced that it is working with the Department of Health, Royal College Of Radiologists Imaging Informatics Special Interest Group, NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) and the National Imaging Clinical Advisory Group (NICAG) as it develops and launches a new framework for Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Radiology Information Systems (RIS).

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Greener, Leaner, Cleaner

Thursday 27 October 2011NHS Supply Chain’s recent Sustainability Report shows evidence of significant reductions

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NHS Supply Chain Welcomes the Public Accounts Committee Report into Managing High Value Equipment in England

Tuesday 25 October 2011NHS Supply Chain responds to the most recent Public Accounts Committee report.

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More Collective Buying Power Could Drive Significant NHS Savings

Wednesday 7 September 2011NHS trusts face replacing half of all CT and MRI scanners over the next four years at a time when they have to deliver a 17% cut to their equipment budget a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inquiry heard today.

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NHS Supply Chain is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Sharratt as Chair of its Customer Board

Tuesday 30 August 2011The NHS Supply Chain Customer Board is being set up with the support of Sir David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive, and Peter Coates, Commercial Director, PICD, Department of Health

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Sampling a new NHS where change and improvement can flourish

Thursday 30 June 2011A three month trial on co-ordinating the provision of selective samples to hospitals and clinics has been extended by the NHS Supply Chain.

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NHS Supply Chain welcomes National Audit Office report on managing high value capital equipment

Wednesday 30 March 2011Today's National Audit Office (NAO) report on NHS trusts planning, procurement and use of expensive medical equipment has been welcomed by NHS Supply Chain.

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Innovation scores 10 in NHS Supply Chain’s drive towards better patient led outcomes

Monday 21 February 2011NHS Supply Chain introduces ten innovative products to help NHS staff make the best available use of technological breakthroughs in the health field

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Bury business shows that it is 'easy being green'.

Monday 13 December 2010In a bid to create a greener workplace, staff at Bury St Edmunds distribution centre have improved their recycling and saved more than 238 tonnes of carbon by reducing energy used and delivery miles travelled.

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Maidstone business shows that it is 'easy being green'.

Monday 13 December 2010In a bid to create a greener workplace, staff at Maidstone distribution centre have improved their recycling and saved more than 360 tonnes of carbon by reducing energy used and delivery miles travelled.

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Recycling as much waste as forty-four elephants

Monday 13 December 2010In a bid to create a greener workplace, staff at a Normanton distribution centre have improved their recycling and saved 189 tonnes of waste going to landfill - that's equivalent to the weight of forty-four adult elephants.

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Reducing 10,400 delivery miles across Bristol and Bath hospitals

Monday 13 December 2010NHS Supply Chain has helped hospitals in Bristol and Bath save more than 10,400 delivery miles through its carbon reduction programme - that's about the distance from Bridgewater to Sydney in Australia.

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Reducing the impact of NHS purchasing on the environment

Monday 13 December 2010NHS trusts should employ more sustainable practices across their supply chains, advises NHS Supply Chain as it publishes its second sustainability report today.

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NHS Supply Chain ensures that hospital food is sustainable

Monday 13 December 2010NHS Supply Chain is working hard to ensure that food ordered through it is the freshest, has the longest shelf-life and is sourced considering sustainable practices as it unveils its latest tender criteria today.

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Alfreton based NHS Supply Chain wins national healthcare award

Monday 6 December 2010Alfreton based, NHS Supply Chain has won a prestigious national healthcare award for its innovative project that saves hospitals money when buying medical equipment, like MRI scanners.

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NHS Supply Chain wins national procurement award

Monday 6 December 2010NHS Supply Chain, the national procurement and supply chain contract operated by DHL has won a healthcare procurement award from leading trade title, Health Service Journal (HSJ).

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New pain management solutions offer respite for thousands

Friday 22 October 2010NHS Supply Chain's new neuromodulation contract offers a variety of strategic pain management solutions for sufferers of conditions that vary in severity. It has the capacity to benefit thousands of patients through one of the three forms of treatments that are available.

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Local students on the road to success

Friday 1 October 2010Results have been published for six Advanced IT Diploma, sixth form students from Heanor Gate Science College in Heanor and Mill Hill School in Ripley, Derbyshire. The students who have all acheived outstanding results had the opportunity to experience first hand how an established organisation such as NHS Supply Chain operates. It's a rare glimpse of how so many different and complex functions are seamlessly united through various IT applications which caters to business needs.

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Nurses' expert input needed for NHS product selection

Tuesday 10 August 2010NHS Supply Chain is seeking nurses to join its various Task Forces to play a key role in helping the organisation evaluate prospective products and understand current clinical need.

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NHS hearing aid contract relaunched: more choice, technology and savings

Wednesday 7 July 2010NHS Supply Chain's renewed hearing aid and accessories contract that launches on 1 August offers innovative technology, and more choice. Wtih collaboration from the Department of Health (DH) and patient groups, it is the most thorough tender exercise that NHS Supply Chain has undertaken on hearing aids and accessories.

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NHS Supply Chain contract saves trusts more than £200 million

Friday 25 June 2010NHS Supply Chain announces today that it has calculated that it has saved trusts across England and Wales more than £200 million through its operation of the national procurement and supply chain contract. These savings have been achieved by delivering both improved product prices and through efficient supply chain service delivery.

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Reducing HCAIs with single use tourniquet

Monday 10 May 2010NHS Supply Chain has introduced an innovative disposable tourniquet called Tournistrip to combat the risk of healthcare acquired infections (HCAIs)

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National road show aims to improve supply of digital mammography

Monday 26 April 2010NHS Supply Chain hosts the first national digital mammography road show on 27 April that will bring together NHS trusts and suppliers to help improve the procurement and implementation of the Government's Digital Mammography Programme.

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NHS Supply Chain launches new leasing contract

Tuesday 6 April 2010In a tough financial environment where capital budgets are constrained, NHS Supply Chain's new leasing contract launched today offers NHS trusts access to fund new medical treatment.

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Helping dentists meet HTM 01-05 decontamination requirements

Friday 12 March 2010NHS Supply Chain has launched the first national dental decontamination contract offering products guaranteed to meet HTM05 standards.

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NHS Supply Chain provides free SaniPost hand sanitiser stations to NHS trusts

Tuesday 2 February 2010NHS trusts will find it easier and more efficient to fight infections as NHS Supply Chain offers SaniPost hand sanitiser stations to hospitals across England and Wales for free.

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Improving the supply of continence products to patients

Monday 18 January 2010Managing the treatment of continence patients will become easier and more efficient from today as NHS Supply Chain enhances its home delivery service (HDS).

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Transforming supplies management will deliver efficiency savings for trusts

Wednesday 16 December 2009Transforming supplies management will revolutionise the way hospitals manage their (product) supply chains has been launched at North Middlesex.

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NHS Supply Chain leads the way for innovation

Monday 9 November 2009Following the launch of its new process - Innovation Scorecard - encouraging suppliers to register innovative products for contract consideration, NHS Supply Chain has compiled a list of its 'Top 10 innovations of 2009'.

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Fast-tracking innovative products into the NHS

Wednesday 14 October 2009Suppliers will be given the opportunity to fast-track innovative products into the NHS today through the launch of NHS Supply Chain's Innovation Scorecard.

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Pressure Area Care - e-Auction delivers huge savings

Monday 5 October 2009A mini-competition which utilised the e-Auction tool for Pressure Area Care at Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, has resulted in savings of 66.7%.

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NHS Supply Chain takes over leasing functions from NHS PASA

Tuesday 1 September 2009NHS Supply Chain is to become a 'one-stop-shop' for procuring, financing and maintaining capital equipment today as it takes over the responsibility of NHS leasing from the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA)

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New flavour for ready prepared meals contract

Wednesday 5 August 2009The new NHS Supply Chain ready prepared meals contract provides an improved choice of meals, nutritional information and an enhanced service to NHS trusts and healthcare providers.

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Footwear contract helps NHS trusts order more efficiently

Tuesday 4 August 2009NHS Supply Chain has launched a brand new healthcare footwear contract which will eliminate the time consuming process that NHS trusts and healthcare providers face when purchasing healthcare footwear.

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NHS Supply Chain announces new breathing circuits and filters products to aid clinical performance

Tuesday 4 August 2009NHS Supply Chain has announced details of a contract extension with a number of suppliers that introduces new clinical products and significant price reductions across a range of breathing circuits and filters.

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Local supplier helping Kent school children acheive 5-a-day

Thursday 18 June 2009Hundreds of school children in Kent will receive free tomatoes from Kent supplier, Thanet Earth, from today as part of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme operated by NHS Supply Chain.

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Runcorn employees get on their bikes to save the environment

Friday 12 June 2009NHS Supply Chain has launched a cycle scheme for its employees in Runcorn which is on track to save over five tonnes of carbon per year.

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NHS Supply Chain to improve its product information with GS1 UK Data Pool

Wednesday 3 June 2009GS1 UK, the independent global supply chain data standards and solutions organisation, today announced that NHS Supply Chain has signed up to the GS1 UK Data Pool to synchronise product data with its suppliers.

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Handryer pilot launched to combat HCAIs

Thursday 21 May 2009An innovative hand dryer aimed at cutting the risk of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) has been launched for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations by NHS Supply Chain

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Enabling NHS trusts to order products more efficiently

Monday 6 April 2009NHS Supply Chain has given its online catalogue a makeover so that NHS trusts spend less time on ordering supplies and more time on patient care.

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NHS Supply Chain ends contract with Novation statement

Wednesday 25 February 2009NHS Supply Chain has confirmed today that it has mutually agreed with Novation to end the consulting services agreement in July 2009. Novation was engaged by DHL to help establish the procurement structure and processes for NHS supply at the start of the contract in October 2006.

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NHS Supply Chain acheives highest service level to date

Monday 2 February 2009After two years in existence, NHS Supply Chain has outperformed initial key performance indicators and the newly developed 'on time, in full' (OTIF) measure to acheive its highest service level to date in 2008 at 98.58%.

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'Sustainability should become the norm, not the exception' says NHS Supply Chain

Tuesday 18 November 2008In its first Sustainability Report released today, NHS Supply Chain identifies its acheivements in the area of sustainable development over the last year and sets out its targets for 2008/9.

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NHS Supply Chain offers exclusive life support pouch for premature babies

Monday 2 June 2008NHS Supply Chain has today announced the launch of a new and exclusive infant protection product known as BLiSP - Baby Life Support Pouch, via its supply chain route.

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NHS Supply Chain offers clean sweep in super bug crackdown

Wednesday 21 May 2008The battle against MRSA continued this week with the launch of a new range of diagnostic and prevention products from NHS Supply Chain

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NHS Supply Chain's imaging contract creates healthy picture

Thursday 8 May 2008In just four months, NHS Supply Chain's diagnostic imaging contract has brought great benefits to the NHS in the procurement and supply of this critical medical equipment.

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NHS Supply Chain trials hybrid vehicle

Tuesday 22 April 2008NHS Supply Chain, the 10-year partnership between the Department of Health and DHL, today unveiled a new hybrid vehicle at the Commercial Vehicle Show in Birmingham. The vehicle is being tested in the UK to forge new progress in sustainable fleet management.

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NHS Supply Chain opens new distribution facility to support organic business growth

Thursday 17 April 2008NHS Supply Chain will be opening a major new RDC (Regional Distribution Centre) in the Midlands on 14 July 2008.

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NHS Supply Chain launches new online catalogue

Tuesday 23 October 2007NHS Supply Chain is launching a new online catalogue that enables NHS trusts to order goods electronically and personalise their shopping experience.

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