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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 2012

Barnsley 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. 
The cash fund has been instrumental in providing trusts with the ability to source and collaboratively bulk buy high value capital equipment at preferential prices.

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust purchased a new CT scanner through the capital fund in response to increased usage of their existing scanner following the release of NICE guidelines surrounding areas such as colography. Neil McConville, Supplies Manager at the trust said, “Planning capital equipment purchases through NHS Supply Chain presents several benefits for our trust. Not only does it simplify the procurement process, but more importantly it enables our clinical teams to focus on product evaluations rather than the timely and costly procurement process.”

“Not only can we rely on NHS Supply Chain’s frameworks to deliver value for money and significant savings in a turbulent landscape; we have the assurance that the frameworks are informed by a wide number of key stakeholders providing us with the confidence that they meet our needs. Essentially NHS Supply Chain is our principal strategic procurement partner of choice.” concludes Neil.
Andy Brown, Business Solutions Managing Director at NHS Supply Chain says, “We have always sought to develop innovative procurement solutions to help trusts buy more efficiently and the integration of the capital fund into the capital model has meant that greater efficiencies are now being driven.”

NHS Supply Chain’s capital solutions team are currently working with multiple trusts as part of the capital funding partnership. If you’d like any further information about the capital fund or any other capital equipment please visit:


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About NHS Supply Chain

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 in 2006 from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

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.

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. (*source: NHS Supply Chain 2009 value proposition study with Southampton NHS trust)

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 in ten locations.

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