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Unique NHS Supply Chain and NHS Litigation Authority collaboration receives prestigious Go Award nomination

Tuesday 16 February 2016

NHS Supply Chain is proud to announce that it has been jointly nominated with the NHS Litigation Authority for the Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards which will take place on 8 March 2016. The organisations have been nominated for the ‘GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year Award – Health Care’.

A unique collaboration between the two organisations saw NHS Supply Chain engage with maternity ward staff to replace equipment to ensure that they can cope with demand for maternity services and continue to provide excellent patient care. With eight and a half million pounds of funding available, through the NHS Litigation Authority, NHS Supply Chain was able to utilise its product knowledge, procurement expertise and extensive frameworks to save the NHS money and ensure wards could access the desired equipment.

The four month project saw NHS Supply Chain ensure that those trusts successful in bidding for the equipment were able to have their exact needs met. NHS Supply Chain was able to aggregate the demand from the trusts and ensure that further discounts of 15.8% were made allowing the money saved to be used elsewhere to improve patients’ experiences.

“We are absolutely delighted that our collaboration with the NHS Litigation Authority on replenishing maternity services equipment has been recognised,” says Andrew Curtis, Regional Business Manager, NHS Supply Chain Capital Solutions, leader of the project. “To be nominated for the Go Awards is a fantastic achievement.”

“We are pleased to have been able to use our experience and scale to support the NHS Litigation Authority in the purchase of this important medical equipment.  This work allowed the trust’s maternity services to save money and concentrate on providing great patient care”, adds Andrew.

Jeanette Beer, Safety & Learning Lead at the NHS Litigation Authority says, “We approached NHS Supply Chain with the aim of introducing new equipment into some maternity wards and they delivered. We are extremely happy that our work with NHS Supply Chain resulted in such savings for the NHS. We exceeded our original aim of making savings and replenishing some equipment and to do so in a short timescale has been  fantastic for NHS trusts and in providing continuity of care”.

The winners will be announced in Manchester on 8 March.

To find out more about this project please speak to your NHS Supply Chain Account Manager.


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Notes to editors

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