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NHS Supply Chain launches new national framework to provide Imaging, Radiotherapy and Endoscopy Equipment

Thursday 14 January 2016

Framework could deliver up to £50 million in savings for the NHS in 2016

The latest Imaging, Radiotherapy & Endoscopy Framework from NHS Supply Chain covers over 24 equipment categories and has also been expanded, by demand from the NHS, to include brand new procurement solutions, all under one standard set of terms and conditions.

The first of these; the new hybrid theatres category, recognises the move towards innovation in the management of equipment to deliver improved healthcare outcomes. The second new and technologically advanced category is the addition of surgical navigation systems. Both of these innovative categories have been designed to ensure the NHS has access to the latest equipment and solutions that will save patient bed time and ultimately improve healthcare outcomes.

Under the same agreement, the dedicated endoscopy team has a single procurement process across a range of endoscopy requirements. This will facilitate both the individual requirements of each NHS trust and also the National Bowel Screening Programme in delivering vital savings in the national cancer strategy.

The availability and use of this framework can help make savings within the NHS as it enables exclusive access to the Department of Health’s Capital Equipment fund to lever national demand. This can range from multiple trusts, with similar buying requirements combined into one single order, right through to the team managing the risk of bulk procurements over a longer time frame, to secure bigger savings for the NHS.

The other major development in this agreement has been the ability to bring together in one place, for the first time, all of the additional supporting documentation needed to complete a professional procurement. These range from the PPQ (pre-purchase questionnaire) to the required infection control information, right through to the technical specifications and IT connections information.

Removing the duplication of requests for standard procurement documents across the system is envisaged to save thousands of hours in both clinical and procurement time across the six year time frame of the agreement.

Jason Lavery, Trading Director for the Capital Solutions team at NHS Supply Chain commented: “This framework forms the foundation of the services we provide, delivering the highest level of support and savings directly to the NHS.”

“We all value the NHS; our scale, experience and passion support the planning, purchase and management of medical equipment, saving time and money for the NHS to concentrate on patient care”.


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About NHS Supply Chain

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

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL and managed by 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). The initial contract which was due to expire in October 2016 has been extended for a further two years until October 2018.

NHS Supply Chain is working closely with the NHSBSA, to build on the savings already achieved to deliver £300m of the opportunities for procurement efficiency savings as highlighted in Lord Carter’s interim report: Review of operational efficiency in NHS providers.

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 316,000 nationally available, transactable lines ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and surgical equipment. In addition, it can help you plan your investment in medical capital equipment such as MRI scanners, linear accelerators and patient monitors.

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:

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

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

Delivering value to the NHS