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NHS Supply Chain 

NHS Supply Chain supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The new operating model for NHS Supply Chain is aligned to Lord Carter’s vision, which identified unwarranted variation in procurement across the NHS. The design of a new supply chain service will help the NHS deliver clinically assured, quality products at the best value through a range of specialist buying functions. It will leverage the buying power of the NHS to negotiate the best deals from suppliers, with the aim to deliver savings of £2.4 billion back into NHS frontline services and patient care by financial year 2022/23.

The new model includes 11 specialist Category Tower Service Providers (CTSPs) delivering Medical, Capital and Non-Medical products and services and three enabling services for Logistics, Supporting Technology and Transactional Services. Oversight and operational management of the new model will be delivered by a new management function Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL), part of the NHS family.

The new model will be fully operational by April 2019.

 

How the new model will benefit NHS organisations?

  • Savings channelled back to frontline services NHS organisations will pay less for everyday hospital consumables and equipment, releasing funds to support other areas of work
  • More time released for core clinical activities Central sourcing and evidence-based clinical evaluation reduces the need for NHS organisations to resource this activity
  • Greater NHS clinical involvement in purchasing decisions Clinicians will influence product specifications, clinical criteria, range management and product evaluation
  • More effective introduction of new products Links with national research bodies and regional networks will enable a more effective introduction of new innovative products to the catalogue

 

For more information visit www.supplychain.nhs.uk

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