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NHS Supply Chain to launch new PACS and RIS framework

Tuesday 27 March 2012

NHS Supply Chain has today announced that it is working with the Department of Health (DH), Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) – Imaging Informatics Special Interest Group, NHS Connecting for Health (CfH) and the National Imaging Clinical Advisory Group (NICAG) as it develops and launches a new framework for Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) and Radiology Information Systems (RIS).

PACS and RIS solutions allow for all digitally acquired patient examinations to be scheduled and stored.  These contracts would typically cover IT hardware and software, professional services, storage and hosting and to complement this, CR readers and electronic transcriptional services will also be included within the NHS Supply Chain framework.  

Professor Erika Denton, National Clinical Director for Imaging, has said that, “It will be beneficial to have a single national framework for the procurement of PACS and RIS solutions.”

She continues, “Following discussions between the DH and NHS Supply Chain it has been agreed that NHS Supply Chain will develop and implement the new national framework. This will provide further choice to trusts as the clock counts down to the end of the local service provider contracts for PACS and related services and as they consider their future service options.”

Dave Burns, Senior Buyer for NHS Supply Chain, commented, “NHS Supply Chain, has been consulting with the DH, NHS CFH and NICAG; we are all in support of one another and recognise the importance of creating an efficient and effective procurement solution for PACS and RIS replacements when existing contracts expire.”

For further information on the framework please contact: Dave Burns via email:


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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.

Delivering value to the NHS