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NHS Supply Chain supports the Department for Education to provide defibrillators for the UK’s schools

Wednesday 26 November 2014

NHS Supply Chain is pleased to announce that it has entered into an innovative agreement with the Department for Education (DfE). As part of the Defibrillators for Schools project, NHS Supply Chain has been announced as the chosen route to market allowing schools across the United Kingdom to benefit from access to life saving treatment should the need arise. Up to now very few schools have defibrillators as standard and this agreement means that all state schools will soon have easy access to a vital piece of medical equipment.

The agreement will see schools across the United Kingdom offered defibrillators at a price to encourage high take up rates and prevent unnecessary losses from undetected cardiac conditions. NHS Supply Chain has engaged with defibrillator suppliers to find the most appropriate supplier and help protect school children through an e-auction. The announcement follows active engagement with the DfE in order to find the right approach to protecting school children.

Andy Brown, Managing Director, Capital Solutions, NHS Supply Chain: said: “NHS Supply Chain is delighted to be supporting the Department for Education in this important initiative and bring its buying expertise and power to benefit schools.

“By conducting an e-auction NHS Supply Chain is ensuring that schools can access this technology at the very best price as they benefit from NHS Supply Chain’s buying power.

“I would encourage any interested schools to contact NHS Supply Chain to find out more”.

Media enquiries:

Mark Fox (NHS Supply Chain)
07710 966 450

Joanna Morrison
07776 457 201

Notes to editors

The Defibrillators for Schools project is a partnership between NHS Supply Chain and the Department for Education.

Following the Department for Education’s announcement on 30th April 2014 that it was planning to provide schools with the option to get a defibrillator, NHS Supply Chain has been drawing up proposals to bring this to fruition. On 8th September David Laws (Minister of State for Schools) approved the NHS Supply Chain and Department for Education partnership to take forward the Defibrillators for Schools project.

An e-auction is an online bidding process whereby potential suppliers can put in revised costing until a final cut off time. This allows NHS Supply Chain to pass on significant savings to public bodies using its services.

Schools wishing to purchase a defibrillator through this programme are able to do so by contacting NHS Supply Chain by emailing or telephoning 0113 385 4858.

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All information in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

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 346,000 nationally available, transactable lines 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.

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:

  • Capital equipment, including finance and maintenance
  • Dental
  • Audiology
  • Catering, including food
  • Infection control
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Theatres.

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs over 2,400 staff across seven sites.

Delivering value to the NHS