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NHS Supply Chain’s new Medical IT framework offers Trusts an expanded portfolio

Monday 10 October 2016

NHS Supply Chain is pleased to launch its new Enterprise and Departmental, PACS and Information Systems and Associated Goods and Services framework.

Responding to the requirements of NHS trusts over the last four years, the new framework has expanded to complement Trust’s core PACS and RIS systems, catering for many more hospital departments needing a digital solution. Rather than being Radiology-centric, the portfolio now covers any departmental software system required in a clinical environment.

Made up of over 50 suppliers, the new framework now covers a range of digital solutions including:
image management software, departmental information systems, clinical information systems, vendor neutral archiving, document management and specialist apps and software. New additions including e-prescribing, genomics, pathology and other advanced applications complement existing solutions, enlarging customer choice and providing a comprehensive, market-spanning offering.

Matthew Johnson, Senior Buyer Medical IT for NHS Supply Chain, Capital Solutions said of the new framework: “We are excited to be offering an expanded range of digital solutions to support government directives of digital and paperless initiatives. By increasing the breadth of solutions available all Trusts can benefit from increased access to digital solutions to help reach their strategic technology goals.”

The PACS framework also offers an accelerated route to market, saving NHS Trusts valuable time and money. There is no cost to use the framework and Trusts will receive free of charge support throughout the process.

For further information on the framework please contact


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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.

Delivering value to the NHS