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Alfreton based NHS Supply Chain wins national healthcare award

Monday 6 December 2010

  • Initiative has saved hospitals more than £60 million on medical equipment
  • Winner of prestigious award out of more than 1,000 entries

Alfreton 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.

Through its initiative, the national organisation which is operated by DHL calculates it has saved the NHS more than £60 million.

Jason Lavery, trading manager for capital equipment at NHS Supply Chain says, “I’m so proud that our hard work has been recognised. At NHS Supply Chain we endeavour to develop new ways of working that will help save hospitals time and money. Our capital project has helped provide life-saving equipment at much lower costs.”

The awards run by the leading magazine, Health Service Journal reward the best innovation, ideas and dedication found throughout the healthcare sector.

Alastair McLellan, the editor of Health Service Journal says,” The NHS remains an inspiration for health systems across the world. In the toughest year for the NHS for over a decade, the HSJ Awards prove once again that the service remains a centre of excellence.”

Jason explains how he led the project to success, “We set out to identify a full database of imaging equipment in England. This enabled us to set up a contract that provided hospitals with a single source to buy from. Before we did this, a lot of hospitals sourced large scale equipment themselves which could have led them to overspend by hundreds of thousands of pounds.”

Jason continues, “Through using the purchasing power of the entire NHS, we can provide these critical machines at a much lower cost. This saves each hospital vital money that can be spent elsewhere on treating patients.”

From conception in 2006 to the present day, Jason and his team calculate they have achieved NHS savings of over £60 million and have become the method by which almost 50% of all capital equipment within the NHS is procured.


Notes to editors

Media enquiries

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Photographs of Jason Lavery; and the NHS Supply Chain team collecting the award available on request.

HSJ Awards
The Health Service Journal Awards are recognised as a huge accolade and are organised by leading weekly magazine Health Service Journal. For more information on The Health Service Journal Awards go to

The Health Service Journal Awards 2010 is organised by Health Service Journal and is part of Emap Inform. For more details about Health Service Journal see

About NHS Supply Chain
NHS Supply Chain is a government contract operated by DHL since 2006. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). It is operated by DHL as agent of the NHS Business Services Authority on behalf of the Department of Health. It aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

The NHS Supply Chain contract manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 600 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 620,000 products ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery – this saves up to £1 per product in back office administration costs and removes up to 60 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately.

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • theatres
  • dental
  • audiology
  • catering, including food
  • infection control
  • orthopaedics
  • rehabilitation
  • capital equipment, including finance and maintenance

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff across eight locations.

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