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NHS Supply Chain gives local youngsters a chance to shine

Thursday 29 November 2012

The latest government statistics showing almost 1 million 16-24 year olds out of work don’t make for good reading.  However, local employer NHS Supply Chain, a DHL-managed healthcare contract, has recently helped youngsters from the Runcorn area develop new skills and experience to give them a head start in the job market through a partnership programme with The Prince’s Trust and TRS recruitment.

The Get into programme provides short vocational courses that develop young people’s skills in a specific industry sector, such as logistics.  To date, the programme has been extremely successful – with at least 50 per cent of those completing the course moving into employment, and a further 25 per cent going on to further training.

The programme with NHS Supply Chain, funded by the DHL UK Foundation, enabled the youngsters to gain skills and experience in a variety of business functions within the logistics sector, including transport, warehouse operations and administration.  Towards the end of the three week programme, trainees were interviewed by TRS recruitment with all of them securing job opportunities with the company, ranging from a role as a traffic clerk through to rotating warehouse shifts. 

“The Prince’s Trust’s Get into programme is a fantastic opportunity for young people to develop vocational skills and experience to help them be successful in the current job market” explains Ann-Marie Holding, General Manager at NHS Supply Chain’s Runcorn distribution centre. 

“We’re really pleased to have been able to take part as a business and support local youngsters to improve their future job prospects.  The commitment and enthusiasm of all the participants was fantastic to see.  It just goes to show what can be achieved when young people are given a real chance to shine.”

NHS Supply Chain is looking to repeat the Get into Logistics programme next year.

Peggy Desforges from The Prince’s Trust, said: “We recognise that this is a tough time for young people in Runcorn and they need support and guidance to help them into work.

“Programmes like Get into Logistics give participants real on the job experience and, thanks to NHS Supply Chain, our young people can work with their practitioners to equip them with the skills they need to get into the logistics industry.”




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About NHS Supply Chain

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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 600,000 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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