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NHS Supply Chain takes over leasing functions from NHS PASA

Tuesday 1 September 2009

Delivering further ‘value for money’ for trusts as responsibility transfers today

NHS 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).

NHS Supply Chain will continue running the current national framework agreement for the supply of operating leases on behalf of NHS PASA.

“NHS trusts will be able to further improve their efficiency and cost savings through NHS Supply Chain as the responsibility for NHS leasing is transferred,” said Roger West, Procurement Director at NHS Supply Chain.

“We will maintain the high quality service for NHS leasing customers and are committed to improving NHS lease contracting through ongoing development and continuous improvement.”

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Its aim is to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS so that resources are released to focus on quality frontline patient care, manage costs and achieve sustainable value.

The NHS leasing framework agreement provides access, via an operating lease, to the majority of medical and non-medical assets with an individual or combined purchase value of £1,000 upwards. The current framework agreement has been extended until 31 March 2010 and has a further option to extend until 31 March 2011.

Roger added, “We have already started work to introduce new contracts from April 2010 that will allow NHS trusts to use NHS Supply Chain as a one-stop shop for procuring, financing and maintaining their capital equipment. This is a further example of how we are making it easier for customers to achieve better value for money.”

The main benefits of the framework agreement for both the NHS and healthcare industry are improved efficiency, reduction in risk and cost savings.

Improved efficiency

  • A reduction in time taken to establish an operating lease (from 77 to approx.15 days
  • No need to go through the often lengthy EU procurement process as this has already been
    undertaken
  • A simplified process of market comparisons

Reduction in risk

  • All lessors have been commercially evaluated and selected for inclusion on the framework
    agreement (full list in notes to editors)
  • Full compliance with predetermined contract terms and conditions and EU procurement law

Cost savings

  • Administration cost savings resulting from process efficiency and standardisation
  • Potentially improved rental rates
  • Ability to integrate the framework agreement into NHS bodies’ equipment acquisition strategy

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Notes to Editors
NHS leasing framework agreement lessors 11 suitably qualified financial institutions (lessors) capable of funding operating licenses for a variety of medical and non-medical assets were awarded places on the framework agreement.

The appointed lessors are: Barclays Asset Finance, CHG-Meridian UK Ltd, Cisco Systems Capital, Close Business Finance Ltd, Cranmer Lawrence, De Lage Landen Leasing Ltd, GE Healthcare Financial Services, Johnson and Johnson Finance Ltd, Singers Healthcare Finance Ltd, SG Equipment and Finance Ltd, Siemens Financial Services Ltd.

About NHS Supply Chain
NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA). Its aim is to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS so that resources are released for customers to focus on quality frontline patient care, manage costs and achieve sustainable value. NHS Supply Chain provides its services to over 600 NHS trusts and private healthcare providers and offers over 620,000 products. It manages the entire supply chain process for medical consumables - from the sourcing of products, right through to their delivery and supply.

Key services include:

Procurement
By ordering through NHS Supply Chain, trusts negate the need to tender themselves through EU processes (OJEU). This saves trusts time and money on the lengthy tendering process.

Logistics
NHS Supply Chain arranges the delivery of products to the required location.

E-commerce
NHS Supply Chain offers an electronic system to manage all transactions, including an online catalogue, online ordering and an e-billing system.

The range of over 620,000 products includes:

  • theatres
  • nursing
  • food and facilities
  • clinical markets
  • capital equipment.

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in eight locations.
http://www.supplychain.nhs.uk.

For more information please contact:

Andrew Brentnall on 01773 724196 or andrew.brentnall@supplychain.nhs.uk

Joanna Morrison on 07776457201 or joanna.morrison@supplychain.nhs.uk

Leasing team at NHS Supply Chain

Tony Wegner
Trading Manager
Tel:07500 226170
Email: tony.wegner@supplychain.nhs.uk

Andrea Lee-Amies
Leasing Buyer
Tel: 01622 402726
Fax: 01622 402790
Email: andrea.lee-amies@supplychain.nhs.uk

Simone De'Looze
Assistant Leasing Buyer
Tel: 01622 402726
Fax: 01622 402790
Email: simone.burr@supplychain.nhs.uk

Delivering value to the NHS