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NHS Supply Chain’s PACS and RIS Exhibition packs a real punch

Wednesday 29 May 2013

NHS trusts were recently invited to attend NHS Supply Chain’s unique Picture Archiving and Communications Systems (PACS) & Radiology Information Systems (RIS) exhibition and conference in Nottingham. Suppliers from all eight lots on the new framework exhibited their products and provided live demonstrations of new equipment and service options directly to NHS trusts, who are all in the process of refreshing their PACS & RIS services.

Professor Erika Denton, National Clinical Director for Diagnostics at NHS England and Alasdair Thompson PACS Programme Head at Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) attended the event as guest speakers and provided expert knowledge and detailed insight into the landscape, and highlighted what trusts can expect in the coming twelve months.

Professor Denton says, “There are 86 trusts leaving the national contract in June and a further 42 leaving over the next three years. It is vital that trusts utilise innovative opportunities such as this PACS & RIS event hosted by NHS Supply Chain to act in a timely way. It typically takes two years to procure new PACS services and this coupled with the lengthy transitional period required means that effective planning is crucial to a seamless transition. By utilising alternative procurement opportunities such as NHS Supply Chain’s framework, which was launched in November last year, trusts are able to have access to full end to end managed solutions that could save trusts both time and money.”

Andy Brown, Managing Director of Business Solutions at NHS Supply Chain says, “We are delighted to have been able to organise and host this major event for the PACS community, to bring some clarity and efficiency to the procurement and replacement process of PACS systems across the NHS. We are pleased that so many NHS trusts and suppliers were represented and we hope that it was a fruitful, effective and informative day and that both trusts and suppliers got some real value from attending.”

“It’s very important that a major systems replacement programme that affects trusts across the NHS is handled in a coordinated way, with the best solutions provided to trusts at a pace that suppliers can handle and fulfil. NHS Supply Chain is committed to supporting the NHS in the effective replacement of the PACS and RIS systems by managing the transition in the most effective manner,” concludes Andy.

Alasdair Thompson, PACS Programme Head at Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) concludes, “It’s been refreshing to see an event which was geared up to specifically focus on trusts that are still going through the procurement process. The exhibition provided trusts with the opportunity to consult directly with suppliers and learn more about the upcoming challenges and solutions.”

To view the presentations made by Professor Erika Denton, Alasdair Thompson, Andy Brown and Rory Dennis and for further information about the PACS & RIS framework and the event please visit:


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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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