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Wednesday 27 February 2013

February 2013 marked National Heart Month. The month-long campaign was organised by the British Heart Foundation and aimed to raise awareness and fundraising for heart conditions in the United Kingdom.

To coincide with National Heart Month, NHS Supply Chain is delighted to announce that it has recently launched a new heart valves framework agreement.

This framework offers 242 new lines of equipment, boosting the total offering to circa 650 lines from eight suppliers.

Under the new framework agreement, a wider product range will enable clinicians to utilise the most appropriate product for their patient’s treatment.

Not only will more products be available under the new agreement, but the opportunity for greater savings and personalised solutions for trusts will be possible too.

Jonathan Oram, Buyer at NHS Supply Chain says “Buying heart valves through our new framework will present several benefits to trusts.”

“Not only does our new framework simplify the procurement process for trusts, but more importantly, it enables trust’s clinical support teams to focus on product evaluations rather than timely procurement procedures.”

“We are always striving to develop new procurement processes, which help trusts, buy more efficiently and generate greater savings.”

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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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