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Pressure Area Care - e-Auction delivers huge savings

Monday 5 October 2009

e-Auction cuts Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust’s mattress rental costs by more than half

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

Managed and executed by NHS Supply Chain under the national framework agreement for Pressure Area Care, the mini-competition addressed the hire and management of pressure area care mattresses, based on approximately 140 alternating pressure replacement mattresses on site at any one time.

As part of the mini competition process, five suppliers, including the incumbent, were invited to take part in a bespoke e-Auction which was managed by the NHS Supply Chain procurement team in Normanton, the NHS Supply Chain finance team in Alfreton and viewed by Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust.

Commenting on the e-Auction, Marie Streak, Procurement Project Buyer for Pressure Area Care at NHS Supply Chain, said: “The e-Auction generated a highly competitive situation and produced a superb end result for the trust.

“Lasting over two hours, the e-Auction resulted in a change of supplier to Talley Medical Ltd. and a much improved daily rate which will deliver significant savings against current prices. This is an excellent result for our customer and significantly cuts their rental costs for alternating pressure replacement mattresses.”

Concludes Marie: “This a very important result for NHS Supply Chain in the development of our mini-competition and e-Auction capabilities, which will deliver important learning, not just in terms of our existing Pressure Area Care contract, but across our general national portfolio.”

The trust’s Head of Procurement, Caroline Simpkin, said “Marie and her team supported us throughout the whole process, from putting together the specification, supplier demonstrations and the mini-competition, as well as running the e-Auction. This is the first e-Auction that has been run specifically for the trust and we were extremely pleased with the way the tender was handled and with the outcome. It is certainly something that we would consider doing again.”


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Notes to Editors

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:

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.

NHS Supply Chain arranges the delivery of products at the required location.

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

Delivering value to the NHS