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Fleet renewal programme for NHS Supply Chain

Gordon Wall, Head of Supplier operations at the NHSBSA (left) and Tim Slater, CEO at NHS Supply Chain (right)

Monday 8 August 2016

NHS Supply Chain has commenced taking delivery of its whole fleet renewal programme including 120 new vehicles from DAF Trucks. The new DAF fleet represents a substantial commitment from NHS Supply Chain to deliver a great service to the NHS, enhancing both operational safety and efficiency of time critical deliveries.

Gordon Wall, Head of Supplier operations at the NHSBSA said, "This significant investment provides the NHS with a fleet of modern delivery vehicles with numerous environmental, safety and logistical benefits. These will have a considerable impact on continuing efforts to improve customer support and service efficiency".

CEO at NHS Supply Chain, Tim Slater, said, “NHS Supply Chain is an essential part of everyday life for the NHS, providing over 300,000 products to 1000 different customers. Our investment in the new vehicle fleet reinforces our commitment to deliver a great service with vastly increased safety and environmental credentials.”

The new equipment is being introduced over the next few months across NHS Supply Chain’s seven UK locations. The trucks comprise 49 DAF LF 220 FA 14-tonne rigids, 50 DAF CF 250 FA 18-tonners, 16 DAF CF 400 FA drawbar units and five DAF CF 460 FTG 6x2 tractors. 19 new trailers have also been delivered by Gray & Adams including three double-decks.

All chassis are being supplied through DAF Dealer, Ford & Slater in Leicester. The vehicles will all enter service on a  DAF MultiSupport Compliance contract, covering vehicle servicing, tacho-calibration, MOT inspection / certification and legal inspections. DHL will  manage the day-to-day operation of the fleet through its Central Maintenance Control facility in Manchester.

Additional safety equipment includes a ‘look down’ birds-eye view camera system (360° camera), near side detection system for vulnerable road-users, left turn audible warning system, four-camera monitoring system and front / rear proximity warning systems.


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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.

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