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


Chris Sharratt - Chairman of the Customer Board

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Chris Sharratt has been appointed as Chair of NHS Supply Chain’s new Customer Board which has been established with the support of Sir David Nicholson and Peter Coates.

Chris has been selected for his vast experience and expertise and is now at the helm of the Customer Board as the Chairman.

His role is to help NHS Supply Chain engage with their customers to identify and promote ways to deliver savings and to enable efficiencies ensuring that NHS Supply Chain is delivering in line with the needs of today’s NHS. Chris has dedicated over 40 years to the NHS, most recently as Chief Executive at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

Chris Sharratt says, “I’m very much looking forward to engaging with trusts nationally to determine how we can make a notable difference to NHS procurement in order to generate savings. By interacting with trusts through the Customer Board we will be able to actively develop work streams which can help contribute to trusts cost improvement

Chris continues, “This new challenge will give me the opportunity to utilise first hand experience that I have gained by facing the challenges that the NHS is currently under.

By chairing the Customer Board I can help NHS Supply Chain make a real contribution to trusts efficiency efforts.”

Chris has initiated a series of focussed development groups which are underway in various regions across England. The intent of these development groups is to proactively influence the Customer Board agenda, prior to its launch in October this year.

Sir David Nicholson concludes, “NHS Supply Chain has shown great commitment to providing savings to NHS trusts. The new Customer Board is being developed to allow open and constructive communication between the NHS and NHS Supply Chain, with the ultimate aim of actively influencing the strategy of NHS Supply Chain to enable greater savings to be delivered directly to the NHS.”

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About NHS Supply Chain

  1. NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of the NHS Business Services Authority. 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) in October 2006. It aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.
  2. NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 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.
  3. 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 40 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately.
  4. 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.
  5. NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include theatres, dental, audiology, catering including food, infection control, orthopaedics, rehabilitation and capital equipment including finance options and maintenance agreements. Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff.



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