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Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL)

NHS Supply Chain has a management function called Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL). Established on 1 April 2018, the new operating model will leverage the collective buying power of the NHS to provide clinically assured products at the best value, to meet the diverse needs of NHS organisations. £2.4 billion savings is planned to be delivered in FY2022/23.

Our Purpose:

The SCCL will use the strength of the NHS to get the best deals from the supply chain as patients and the public deserve.

Our Vision:

The SCCL will be an extended part of trust procurement teams, working for the NHS to collaboratively deliver improved quality.

Our Values:

  • The NHS working with the NHS
  • Responsive to the changing world
  • Commercially astute and relentlessly competitive
  • Clinically engaged and focussed on outcomes.

This page is a 'timeline' of announcements and updates just before and during the first year of the new operating model.


25 February 2019

New NHS Supply Chain: Logistics service provider goes live

We are pleased to announce that on Sunday 24 February 2019, Unipart Logistics became responsible for delivering the logistics service for NHS Supply Chain as NHS Supply Chain: Logistics.

With the new provider now fully operational, all critical elements of the new operating model for NHS Supply Chain are now in place to support the delivery of safe, fit for purpose, value for money products to the NHS. This will enable our ambition to realise savings of £2.4 billion for the NHS in FY2022/23.

Unipart Logistics are part of the Unipart Group, one of Britain's largest employee owned companies. They bring experience of highly sophisticated supply chain environments which they utilise across a range of sectors including health. They also bring with them a strong track record of helping NHS organisations succeed.

NHS Supply Chain: Logistics manages all aspects of the logistics service from inventory management to the delivery of every day consumables and high value healthcare products to providers. In its role as the provider for NHS Supply Chain: Logistics, Unipart Logistics will also provide the Home Delivery Service (HDS) to private individuals and care homes in partnership with Movianto - a company which offers dedicated and networked transport services within the healthcare sector.

NHS Supply Chain HDS customers have been advised that all components of their service will remain the same including their contact points.

Unipart Logistics will aim to build on and, in the longer term, continuously improve the service and systems DHL developed for NHS Supply Chain in the preceding 12 years.

Jin Sahota, CEO of NHS Supply Chain said, 'I would like to extend huge thanks to DHL for all that they have achieved for NHS Supply Chain during more than a decade at the helm. I am pleased that they will continue to contribute to the NHS, not least as category tower suppliers.'

'Being part of the new NHS Supply Chain represents an excellent opportunity for Unipart Logistics to make a difference to the NHS, helping us to deliver on our ambitious savings and efficiency targets for the next few years. It is exciting for us to have Unipart's extensive expertise on board.'

Frank Burns, MD of Unipart Logistics stated 'It has been a long-held strategy for Unipart Group to contribute to the NHS on a national scale and being part of NHS Supply Chain provides this opportunity. We look forward to building on the existing strengths of the organisation and introducing further improvements and innovations by applying 'The Unipart Way' with a 'whole supply chain view' to help achieve NHS Supply Chain's priorities.

We will bring to bear our group philosophy of understanding the real and perceived needs of our customers, serving them better than anyone else and through working in partnership with suppliers.


2 January 2019

VAT registration changes for NHS Supply Chain

VAT changes background

From 1 April 2019 the entity responsible for the NHS Supply Chain procurement; Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL) will be VAT registered independently of the NHS and will therefore exist outside the English NHS divisional VAT registration.

This change will require NHS Supply Chain to charge VAT on the supplies it makes into the NHS (and other third party organisations). These changes will only apply to English NHS organisations within the English NHS divisional VAT registration, as non NHS organisations and NHS organisations outside England already receive VAT invoices, where applicable.

Key changes

  • NHS Supply Chain will be a new entity
  • The VAT cost (which has previously not been visible) will now become itemised and visible to the NHS.

The current practice of providing a separate statement of VAT, where HMRC does allow NHS organisations to recover VAT, can then cease as there will be visibility on where VAT is effectively incurred.

How this change impacts you

We would like to understand how this change impacts your organisation and to work with you to ensure a seamless transition is achieved. In order to understand any potential impact, we would ask you to cascade the survey link to your Accounts Payable Management.

This is a short survey and will take no longer than a few minutes to complete.

Any questions?

If you have any questions regarding these VAT registration changes, please see our FAQs document.

Should you require further information, please email VATqueries@supplychain.nhs.uk


6 September 2018

Who are the Category Tower Service Providers?

All of the Category Tower Service Providers (CTSPs) for the Medical, Capital and Non-Medical Towers are now live.

The 11 CTSPs have been working closely with the programme team to develop frameworks which will ensure delivery of clinically evaluated, quality products at the best possible value.

The Category Towers: A Summary

5 September 2018

Delivering a new Operating Model for NHS Supply Chain - contract award for Logistics Services

The Department of Health and Social Care's Procurement Transformation Programme (PTP) is pleased to announce the award of a major contract for logistics services to Unipart Group Limited.

This contract award represents the final piece of the jigsaw in shaping the new NHS Supply Chain, through which all NHS organisations can purchase clinically assured, quality goods and consumables for patient care at the best possible value.

Unipart Logistics, part of Unipart Group Ltd, is a major global logistics provider with many years' experience in complex supply chain environments. Unipart Logistics provide a wide range of innovative supply chain services to technology, automotive, retail / FMCG, utilities, mobile and other sectors.

From the end of February 2019, Unipart Logistics will commence the provision of delivery services to NHS Trusts and also facilitate the Home Delivery Service in partnership with Movianto UK, a company who offer dedicated and networked transport services within the healthcare sector.

Frequently Asked Questions


5 July 2018

Capital and Non-Medical Category Towers now live

The four remaining Capital and Non-Medical Category Towers as part of the new Operating Model for NHS Supply Chain are now live. The contracts were awarded in January this year by the Department of Health and Social Care to DHL Supply Chain Limited, Akeso & Company Limited, Foodbuy and NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative. For further information, please see:

Capital and Non-Medical Category Towers now live


26 June 2018

Supporting Technologies and Infrastructure Services

The Department of Health and Social Care's Procurement Transformation Programme (PTP) has awarded one of its major enabling services contracts for Supporting Technologies and Infrastructure Services to DXC Technology.

DXC Technology is a world-leading independent, end-to-end IT services company, with a significant track record in serving nearly 6,000 private and public sector clients from a diverse array of industries across 70 countries.

The award of this contract is the latest step towards implementing a new operating model for NHS Supply Chain, through which NHS organisations can purchase clinically safe, high quality products and consumables for patient care at the best possible value.

Supporting Technology and IT Infrastructure service is an enabling function that will form part of the infrastructure to support the NHS to generate savings of £2.4 billion in FY2022/23 through the new NHS Supply Chain operation.

The contract has been awarded for four years, with the option to extend for up to two further years.

DXC Technology will take over responsibility for Supporting Technologies and Infrastructure Services for NHS Supply Chain from February 2019. In the preceding six months they will work with DHL Supply Chain Limited, the incumbent provider, to make sure that a seamless transition is experienced by all.

For further information, please see the following:

Full Department of Health Announcement

Frequently Asked Questions


8 May 2018

Medical Category Towers

We're pleased to announce that our Medical Category Towers are now live


5 April 2018

Contract extension for Enabling Services

The Department of Health and Social Care has decided to extend the current contract, only so far as it applies to the enabling services, Logistics, Information Technology and Transactional Services, with the incumbent DHL, beyond October 2018. The extension will result in phased operational service commencement dates for these services over a period of six months. Additionally, the Department of Health and Social Care has decided to perform the Transactional Services in house as a single financial management structure, delivered centrally, post contract extension.

All other elements of the Operating Model for NHS Supply Chain (previously known as the Future Operating Model) have been progressing at pace. The management office has now been established and has gone live on 1 April 2018. The Category Tower Service Providers are due to go live and will begin to realise the delivery of procurement savings for the NHS as planned in May (Medical Category Towers) and July 2018 (Capital and Non-Medical Towers).

Does the extension of enabling services impact current NHS Supply Chain Customers and Suppliers?

The answer is no. Nothing will change for suppliers and customers of NHS Supply Chain as Logistics, Information Technology and Transactional Services will continue to be delivered throughout the extension period. Please check the news section on the NHS Supply Chain website for updates on time lines.

Contract extension - questions and answers

Please contact your NHS Supply Chain Account Manager or contact us if you have any questions.


8 January 2018

Department of Health Announcement

The awards for the Capital and Non-Medical Category Towers have now been announced.

Capital and Non-Medical Category Towers Q&As


October 2017

Department of Health Announcement

The awards for the Medical Category Towers have now been announced.

Medical Category Tower Q&As


Autumn / Winter 2017

Jin Sahota, CEO, NHS Supply Chain, talking in December 2017 about the Future Operating Model (video content is best displayed using the Chrome browser).

What will be changing?

The new NHS Supply Chain operating model is being introduced in a way that minimises impact on operations. Ordering from the online catalogue, customer services, deliveries and account managers will all remain the same.

Over the transition period and in particular when Category Tower Service Providers go live in May and July you will begin to hear from the new providers about their priority areas for product optimisation.


I am a supplier, how can I get involved?

Suppliers to the NHS play a key role in the new operating model for NHS Supply Chain. You will be kept up to date with any new developments via a supplier newsletter, Supplier Relationship Management meetings and general Q&As.

See our Suppliers pages for more information.

I am a customer, how can I get involved?

Customer Account Managers will adopt a business partnering relationship with trusts working together to make sure the best products at the best possible price are procured for clinicians, patients and the public.

There will be opportunities for trusts to get involved through Customer Advisory Groups and Clinical and Product Assurance work.

View the latest Q&As for customers

Other information

For information about job vacancies in the SCCL and NHS Supply Chain visit the NHS Jobs website.

Download the Future Operating Model handbook for more information about the origins and structure of the Future Operating Model.


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