NHS procurement has been the focus of much attention at a national level for a number of years now. Non-pay spend across NHS providers is now over £27 billion per annum, the role of procurement has never been more important to the health service. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has described the current system as complex and inefficient with 500,000 separate product lines with variation of more than 35% in some areas. In his independent 2016 report into Health, Lord Carter set out savings of £1 billion to be delivered, with the bulk coming through NHS Supply Chain’s Future Operating Model (FOM) programme, aiming to reduce the variety of products and eliminating inconsistencies in pricing.
How are we performing against the challenge set by Carter? What progress has been made with the FOM and the emerging category towers? What are the implications of initiatives and getting it right first time (GIRFT)? For those responsible for the development and delivery of procurement strategies in NHS organisations, understanding the implications of such emerging developments on the procurement and supply chain management function is of vital importance.
The six early adopter Trusts working with the DHSC implementing GS1 have completed. Were they a success, will we see any future funds. We also have a NHS Procurement Transformation Programme led by NHSI that stalls and starts and we are heading to a refresh of PTPs will they be read or acted on this time around?
There is no doubt that the profile and expectations of NHS procurement, particularly at Trust level will continue to increase. There is some excellent work being delivered in the NHS, much of it through collaboration between NHS organisations, but also with its suppliers so this year’s Conference, NHS Procurement – Shaping the Future provides a great opportunity to share the good work that is going on.
The HCSA 2018 Annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading event in the NHS procurement calendar and NHS Procurement – Shaping the Future will give presenters and delegates unparalleled opportunities to network, share good practice and engage in debate about the future of NHS procurement over two stimulating days.
Designed specifically for procurement personnel, contract managers, commissioners and suppliers, this year’s Conference will bring together expert speakers to discuss how NHS procurement can best position itself to meet the needs of a health care environment subject to increasing scrutiny from the press, politicians, patients and other stakeholders. The Conference is taking place at a critical time and delegates will benefit from both the learning and networking opportunities which will be provided.