QIPP procurement

NHS providers spend over £17bn each year on non pay goods and services using a range of procurement routes – from nationally leveraged contracts (Government Procurement Service and NHS Supply Chain) to local, low-volume direct contracts with suppliers. This expenditure typically represents 30 per cent of hospitals’ operating costs but trust boards give little attention to it. There is wide variation in prices paid, inefficient logistics and processes, invisibility of spend data, and an overly complex landscape of procurement service providers.

QIPP procurement aims to help NHS provider Trusts reduce and optimise non-pay expenditure without compromising quality of patient treatment and care.

Procurement call for evidence

A call for evidence on how procurement in the NHS can be transformed is issued today. Views and contributions are being sought from the NHS, industry, other government departments, the academic, … Read more → – Procurement call for evidence

Guidance aims to improve procurement across healthcare system

Guidance aimed at improving procurement across the healthcare system has been published by the Department of Health. ‘NHS procurement: raising our game’ sets out proposed actions for NHS trusts and … Read more → – Guidance aims to improve procurement across healthcare system

Procuring for carbon reduction (P4CR)

A programme that aims to provide guidance, tools, and support materials, to enable procurement practitioners across the health and social care sector, to drive reductions in carbon emissions associated with … Read more → – Procuring for carbon reduction (P4CR)

Making best use of aggregated procurement organisations

Making better use of NHS Supply Chain, Government Procurement Service, and Collaborative Procurement Organisations at a regional or national level. This involves making the NHS aware of what is available … Read more → – Making best use of aggregated procurement organisations

IT systems and coding (including GS1)

Standard coding and technology can make a big impact on transforming procurement in the NHS. Technology won’t change behaviours and attitudes but through the introduction and use of effective, well … Read more → – IT systems and coding (including GS1)

Product pricing project shows benefits of trusts sharing information

The results of a pilot benchmarking project to examine the prices paid by individual trusts for the same goods have been published by the Foundation Trust Network (FTN). Twenty trusts … Read more → – Product pricing project shows benefits of trusts sharing information