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NHS Supply Chain delivers sustainability benefits for NHS customers

Wednesday 5 August 2015

NHS Supply Chain is pleased to announce the launch of its annual sustainability report. This year’s report outlines the commitment invested to deliver sustainability benefits for NHS customers and places strong emphasis on minimising the impact of the business on the environment.

The 2014 report focuses on how NHS Supply Chain is helping the NHS:

  • reduce waste
  • improve due diligence around labour standards
  • procure sustainable and nutritional food
  • build supply chain resilience
  • improve the efficiency of deliveries

Key achievements include a 40% reduction in carbon emissions since 2008, helping NHS customers to meet the recommendations of the Department of Health’s Hospital Food Standards Panel Report and briefing over 100 suppliers about requirements for labour standards assurance. Other achievements include improving inbound logistics for key suppliers by reducing vehicle journeys, achieving a recycling rate of 87% from business waste and supporting Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives and being involved in our communities.

In addition to outlining achievements, the report includes case studies which highlight how NHS Supply Chain has achieved its sustainability goals. For example by working closely with Becton Dickinson UK Limited, a supplier to 13 NHS Supply Chain frameworks, NHS Supply Chain improved supply chain efficiency and reduced vehicle journeys. An 18% trailer fill improvement resulted in reduced transportation and labour costs and a decreased carbon footprint.

“This shared approach generated a win-win situation for both parties – an annual freight cost reduction shared by agreement, improved shipment quality and sustainability outcome realising 20% less road miles. This proves that working together works,” explains Kevin Barker, Business Operations Leader, Becton Dickinson.

“Encouraging our team to think and behave in a sustainable way is a key element of our success but also an on-going project to embed a culture,” says Nick Gerrard, Chief Executive Officer, NHS Supply Chain.

“Sustainable development is, of course, about looking forward and this aligns with the NHS Five Year Forward View,” explains Nick Gerrard. “It is more important than ever that we help deliver transformation and sustainability for the NHS.”

NHS Supply Chain’s Sustainable Development Report 2014 is available to download at  


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About NHS Supply Chain

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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 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.

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