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NHS Supply Chain

NHS Supply Chain are part of the NHS family and manage the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales.

Managing more than 4.5 million orders per year, we deliver over 28 million lines of picked goods to the NHS annually, across 94,000 order points and 17,465 locations, consolidating orders from over 930 suppliers. This enables us to bring value to our customers, saving NHS trusts time and money in removing duplication of overlapping contracts.

Our NHS Supply Chain operating model is aligned to reducing unwarranted variation in procurement across the NHS.

The design of the supply chain service is intended to 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, aiming to deliver savings of £2.4 billion back into NHS frontline services by the end of the financial year 2022/23.

The model includes 11 specialist category buying functions delivering clinical consumables, capital medical equipment and non-medical products such as food and office solutions. Enabling services for logistics and supporting technology underpin the model. The specialist buyers are procurement experts who will ensure that they are delivering quality products, which are right for patients and that this focus is at the core of their commercial decision making.

Oversight and operational management of the NHS Supply Chain is delivered by a management function, Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL). SCCL is a limited company wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

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