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NHS Supply Chain offers even more flexibility and choice for trusts through new Leasing Solutions Framework

Tuesday 16 September 2014

NHS Supply Chain is proud to announce that it has recently awarded a new Leasing Solutions framework. Refined over the last five years, the new framework gives trusts the ability to access equipment on terms that best meet their needs. Lease arrangements are available over six different equipment groups, for both operating and finance lease formats.

Over 80 acute NHS trusts have accessed NHS Supply Chain’s Leasing Solutions framework since August 2009, facilitating nearly 400 leases with a value of almost £65 million. This figure is set to rise as more trusts realise that using NHS Supply Chain’s framework could result in further savings on their leasing arrangements.

NHS Supply Chain’s Leasing Solutions offer the flexible no retainer fee structure allowing trusts to access the framework on a project by project basis when required.

NHS Supply Chain understands the NHS’s need to reduce costs so has capped its arrangement fee. The one-off fee is simple to understand and fully transparent, ensuring it remains competitive against other providers.

The Leasing Solutions framework can be used to fund the purchase of assets sourced either directly by the Trust or via the framework agreement, ensuring flexibility regardless of the route to purchase.

NHS Supply Chain’s specialist team of experts is always on hand to support trusts from start to finish. From identification of the asset requirement, through the lease quotation process, the award stages, equipment acceptance and lease commencement, NHS Supply Chain is on hand to help trusts save money.

On-going support is provided in the form of lease portfolio reporting, within which the trust will be notified of agreements due to expire. This will provide sufficient time for a measured evaluation of the options available upon lease expiry.

The leasing solutions framework aims to provide trusts with flexibility to continually update or replace assets and procure the latest technology on the most cost effective terms.

Jonathan Smith (Buyer, leasing) NHS Supply Chain said of the extension: “Through consultation with both NHS trusts and the medical equipment leasing market NHS Supply Chain has developed a fully compliant Leasing Solutions framework governed by Supply Chain standard leasing specific terms and conditions, designed to provide both benefit and protection for all parties.

“We are offering NHS trusts the opportunity to benefit from optimum terms and conditions for equipment leasing. The Leasing Solutions framework provides flexibility in leasing arrangements whilst covering a wide range of assets meeting the NHS’s varying equipment needs.

“With full service support provided and a fully compliant quotation tendering process, we are ideally placed to meet trusts’ needs for modern and cost efficient equipment on terms that suit them.

“Our leasing solutions framework goes from strength to strength and continues to offer trusts the opportunity to save considerable amounts of money”

ENDS

Media enquiries:

Mark Fox (NHS Supply Chain)
07710 966 450
mark.fox@supplychain.nhs.uk

Joanna Morrison
07776 457 201
joanna.morrison@dhl.com

Notes to editors

About NHS Supply Chain

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All information in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of 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). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

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 346,000 nationally available, transactable lines ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

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. http://www.supplychain.nhs.uk  

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