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NHS Supply Chain agrees commitment deal for advanced radiotherapy systems with Accuray

Thursday 21 July 2016

NHS Supply Chain has agreed a commitment deal with Accuray to provide up to seven TomoTherapy® Systems for the NHS. The TomoTherapy® system is specifically designed for image-guided intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT).  This enables physicians to efficiently deliver highly accurate, individualised dose distributions which precisely conform to the shape of the patient’s tumour while minimising doses to normal, healthy tissue.

This deal will support the NHS in increasing access to the number of cutting edge cancer treatment systems available in the country, enabling more patients to benefit from treatment using state-of-the-art technology.  

Commenting on the deal, Andy Brown, Managing Director of Capital Solutions, NHS Supply Chain said: “NHS Supply Chain is committed to offering high-quality, cost effective radiotherapy treatment systems to the NHS to support trusts in improving patients’ access to new and effective treatment. Our latest deal with Accuray will help us achieve this objective and give trusts the ability to maximise their capital budgets.’’

Lionel Hadjadjeba, Corporate Senior Vice President, President Worldwide Commercial Operations at Accuray  added:  “This deal with NHS Supply Chain underscores customer confidence in the TomoTherapy® System as a mainstream radiation therapy device which can be counted on to provide highly precise treatment delivery to a wide range of cancer cases. We are committed to working with NHS Supply Chain and clinicians in the region to help ensure cancer patients are able to benefit from the innovative approaches to treatment the system provides.” 

This commitment will help the NHS to meet the recommendations of the Independent Cancer Taskforce on providing wider access to high quality radiotherapy treatment in order to provide the best patient possible care by using innovative equipment. It will also help NHS trusts maximise their capital spend in a time of increasing pressure on departmental budgets.  

Under the terms of this latest deal from the Department of Health Fund the Accuray TomoTherapy® machines are available via the NHS Supply Chain framework and the unique savings opportunities will benefit NHS trusts by providing access to reduced prices.

NHS trusts should contact their regional account managers at http://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/accountmanagers for more information.

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07710 966 450
mark.fox@supplychain.nhs.uk

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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.
www.supplychain.nhs.uk

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