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New equipment types in expanded and renewed Architectural Surgical Medical Systems framework

Monday 7 March 2016

NHS Supply Chain continues to adapt to meet NHS trusts’ needs by launching an updated Architectural Surgical Medical Systems Framework (ASMS). This consists of various lots including operating tables, stretchers, trolleys and medical lasers. New elements in the framework such as diagnostic imaging tables, ultra-clean ventilation canopies and examination lights enlarge customer choice. It also boasts a wide range of industry-leading suppliers available across all lots allowing a wide range of needs to be met through a comprehensive solution.

This framework also dispenses with the need for trusts to undertake their own tendering exercises and administrative tasks linked with equipment updates, speeding up the process of delivering information to trusts. With this range of benefits, utilising the renewed framework represents one of the easiest ways to purchase equipment for the NHS. 

Another key development is the ability to bring together in one place all additional supporting documentation needed to complete a professional procurement. These range from the PPQ (pre-purchase questionnaire) right through to the required infection control information. NHS trusts can benefit from exclusive access to the Department of Health’s Capital Equipment Fund in order to secure additional savings when using this framework.

Jason Lavery, Trading Director for NHS Supply Chain, Capital Solutions said of the new framework: “We are excited to be offering one of the most wide-ranging and easy to use frameworks with proactive account management to support customers. By offering equipment such as MRI-conditional trolleys and diagnostic imaging tables and increasing the breadth of products and options available, all trusts can benefit from easier than ever access to up to date equipment.

“With no-one else offering such an extensive range, NHS Supply Chain is ideally placed to assist trusts in the cost effective, timely and appropriate replacement of capital medical equipment.  

“By utilising NHS Supply Chain, our customers can benefit from our experience, scale and passion, allowing them to concentrate on patient care whilst saving time and money.”

The framework is now live.


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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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