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Cook Medical agrees to become HCSA’s first Corporate Partner

Cook Medical has entered into an agreement to become a Corporate Partner of HCSA for the next three years. This partnership will be underpinned by a determination to increase knowledge and facilitate shared learning amongst its members.

HCSA’s Corporate Partner Programme was launched last November and discussions have been ongoing with Cook Medical since then in order to reach a mutually agreeable understanding, and in particular one that will provide support to the HCSA as it develops.

In one of his final acts as Chairman, Simon Walsh who signed the Memorandum of Understanding with Cook Medical said:

“I am absolutely delighted HCSA has entered into this Partnership. Cook Medical has for many years been a strong supporter of HCSA and I am certain it is an organisation which understands our culture and shares our aims in improving the knowledge of NHS procurement professionals.

New Chairman Helen Lisle said:

“The support which Cook Medical has agreed to provide will help HCSA develop into a robust and sustainable body working for the benefit of the NHS and the public at large. I am pleased that HCSA has been able to attract a partner with a truly global presence and a distinguished reputation”

Martin Matkin, European Director of Cook’s Healthcare Business Solutions (HBS) team said

“We are delighted to work in partnership with HCSA to support the ongoing education of their members. As a supplier, we see regular evidence of good procurement practice. These practices need to be encouraged and, most importantly, shared amongst peers. I hope our support will facilitate this sharing so that we can develop a sustained approach to improving patient care.

NHS Supply Chain and HCSA: Corporate Partners

NHS Supply Chain is delighted to have become a Corporate Partner with HCSA, working with procurement professionals to deliver £300m of savings for the NHS by 2018.

NHS Supply Truck


As the financial strain on the NHS increases, it is more important than ever that we work together and support each other to make the savings required for the NHS to run as efficiently and effectively as possible for its patients. The NHS Supply Chain team are delighted to bring their skills and expertise in this field to the HCSA members and look forward to growing and developing what is already a strong partnership through shared objectives and positive action.

NHS Supply Chain will continue to support the learning and education programme offered by HCSA, along with sharing good practice from Trusts and actively working with members to shape and implement the category strategies which will deliver significant savings for the NHS.

HCSA Immediate Past Chairman Helen Lisle said: “I am absolutely delighted that HCSA has entered into this partnership with NHS Supply Chain. It is a key strategic partner to NHS organisation in providing a range of fundamentally important services.

NHS Supply Chain is an organisation which understands HCSA’s culture and shares our aims in improving the knowledge of NHS procurement professionals; promoting the profession and maintaining an effective stakeholder network. It has been a strong supporter of our Annual Conference and Exhibitions for many years and we are pleased to welcome its continued support.

The support which NHS Supply Chain has agreed to provide will help HCSA develop important opportunities for its members to raise their knowledge through better mutual understanding and shared learning.”

David Pierpoint said “Formalising our partnership with the HCSA has been a real success for NHS Supply Chain in the past few months. It enables us to work in a truly collaborative way with the individuals who are at the front line in Procurement in Trusts, delivering the best quality care in the most cost effective way. As the HCSA goes from strength to strength we look forward to being part of it”

David Pierpoint

David Pierpoint, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Supply Chain.


Case Studies

  1. Collaborative approach helps Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust reduce risk for patients and staff while generating projected savings of £635,998. Read the US3473 Nottingham Case Study
  2. Better visibility of orthopaedic consignment stock helps Airedale NHS Foundation Trust reduce inventory levels by £163,000 (24%). Read the US3564 Airedale Case Study
  3. Strong clinical engagement, dedicated resource and a close procurement partnership help Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust deliver over £600k savings on hips and knees. Read the 0024 Gloucester Case Study
  4. Supplier open days lead to improved patient outcomes and saved 48% on bowel management for Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Read the Case Study_Aintree Bowel Management
  5. Leveraging buying power delivers savings of £104,000 (10%) on interventional radiology, cardiology and pacing spend at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Read the Case study Aintree Cardiology/ Radiology.
  6. Standardisation and waste reduction saves £58,000 (25%) on custom procedure packs at Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Read the Case study_Aintree Custom Procedure Packs
  7. Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust procurement partnership is on track to deliver over £1,100,000 by end of 2015/16. Read the Case study_Aintree overarching
  8. Smarter use of resources frees up time and reduces costs in Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust central stores. Read the Case study_Aintree Stores
  9. Partnership helps Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust deliver medical equipment replacement programme within limited time frames and budget. Read the US3350 Leeds case study
  10. Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust achieves over £213,000 in recurrent savings through a prompt settlement discount scheme. Read the US3588 GSTT PSD case study
  11. Sterile Surgical Gloves Case Study £350,000 annualised savings achieved while meeting clinical needs. Standardise product selection Part of their programme is to standardise product selection across the region, which presented an opportunity to achieve savings on Sterile Surgeons Gloves. Read more.. Sterile Surgical Gloves case study

Bunzl Healthcare delighted to partner with HCSA: Corporate Partners


Bunzl Healthcare is delighted to partner with HCSA and join them in promoting and encouraging the sharing of Procurement and Supply best practices and learning’s, across their network of healthcare professionals.

Bunzl Healthcare has been supplying consumables to the healthcare sector for over 50 years. By building and managing effective relationships with leading suppliers we guarantee our customers easy access to their choice of consumables. Alongside an extensive choice of products, we also provide procurement, inventory and logistical solutions and have immense experience in providing the best, most cost-effective opportunities to NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations across the UK. Working with our customers to understand their challenges, streamline their processes and helping improve efficiency are key aspects of our service, whereby we aim to support better procurement, inventory management and save on operational costs.

We welcome this opportunity to work with HCSA and share our knowledge and experience in these areas, as well as learn more about the successes and issues facing healthcare professionals in today’s challenging environment.

Neil McDonald, Sales & Marketing Director for Bunzl Healthcare, said “Our partnership with HCSA is invaluable in getting closer to our customers to further understand their challenges and develop solutions to address their needs”.

John Effingham, HCSA, said “Bunzl Healthcare is a valued NHS supplier partner with a customer oriented business approach. HCSA is delighted that Bunzl Healthcare has agreed to become one of our Corporate Partners, helping us to develop our organisation so that we can support NHS procurement professionals and their development”


Case Studies:

Implementation of GHX WebConnect technology at an NHS Foundation Trust delivers sustainable savings and improved supplier management, through a process of collaboration and best practice.

NHS Shared Business Services partnered with HCSA


NHS Shared Business Services is a 50/50 joint venture between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria Limited and is the market leader in business support services for the NHS.  We provide Procurement, Employment Services and Finance & Accounting services which deliver transformational change, drive operational efficiencies and an improved service quality for our NHS clients, as well as delivering real cost savings of up to 40%.

Our procurement services include access to OJEU compliant framework agreements, operational procurement – sourcing goods and services for our clients, strategic sourcing – providing bespoke support to providers and commissioners on complex procurements, capital equipping services and integrated procurement partnering (BPO) for flexible outsourcing of procurement services with a dedicated NHS SBS onsite team.

We work with customers across the NHS landscape including CCG, CSU, NHS England, Mental Health, Community and Acute trusts.


Beth Loudon


Chandlers Point, Halyard Court, 31 Broadway, Salford, M50 2YR


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Case Studies:

B. Braun is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of medical devices and pharmaceutical products and services. With over 58,000 employees in 64 countries, B. Braun develops high quality product systems and services for users around the world.

Every service provided by B. Braun incorporates the entirety of our knowledge and skills, the company’s deep understanding of users’ needs – and over 175 years of extensive expertise.
With its constantly growing portfolio of effective medical care solutions, B. Braun makes a substantial contribution towards protecting and improving people’s health.

In developing its products, product systems and services, B. Braun collaborates with it’s partners through constructive dialogue, and with the motivation to improve and innovate, enabling  solutions that are both evolving and progressive.

B. Braun is proud to remain a family owned company.



B. Braun Medical Ltd
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S35 2PW
South Yorkshire
United Kingdom
Tel:+44 114 225 9000
Fax:+44 114 225 9111

Reading, England 30th May 2018 – Virtualstock, a leading provider of digital supply chain solutions, announces today that it has become a corporate sponsor of the Health Care Supply Association (‘HCSA’). The HCSA is a charity that promotes the work of all procurement and supply chain professionals at all levels across the NHS, representing a community of over 2,300 key staff, and is dedicated to improving professional standards.

The sponsorship demonstrates Virtualstock’s continuous commitment to supporting the NHS in reaching its efficiency targets through its online catalogue and procure-to-pay (P2P) solution, The Edge4Health™. By connecting providers and suppliers on an online marketplace, The Edge4Health is currently helping the NHS achieve the £1bn p.a. procurement efficiency savings as identified by Lord Carter, in partnership with NHS Shared Business Services.

Virtualstock looks forward to collaborating with the HCSA through their sponsorship, to further support the work of procurement and supply chain staff. As a corporate sponsor of HCSA, Virtualstock will work with the association to promote the adoption of digital supply chain capabilities and skills across the NHS.

Virtualstock’s Vice President and General Manager of Healthcare and Public sector, James Thirkill, said of the sponsorship: “We are thrilled to sponsor the HCSA as we continue to deliver The Edge4Health to healthcare providers and suppliers. As always, our objective is to help Trusts achieve their efficiency targets, drive savings and improve control and compliance, whilst helping Suppliers become as efficient as possible in selling to and transacting with NHS hospitals.”

Virtualstock CEO and Chairman, Andrew Mills, said, “We are delighted to be working with HCSA. Our relationship with them demonstrates our progress and continuous commitment to the NHS and wider public sector.”

Alan Hoskins, HCSA’s Chief Officer, and Director of Procurement and Commercial Services at NHS South of England Procurement Services, said, “We are looking forward to developing our relationship with Virtualstock. Our focus is to support those working in NHS Procurement, and we recognise that our people will need to be equipped with the knowledge, insights, skills and tools necessary to deliver the digital supply chain of the future.”



Notes for Editors

About Virtualstock Limited

Virtualstock is a leading British SaaS company that is transforming global enterprise supply chains and marketplaces. Its game-changing product, The Edge™, has been successful in delivering supply chain optimisation for leading retailers, the NHS, suppliers and, ultimately, their customers.

The Edge™ delivers best-in- class eProcurement functionality, including a consumer-style B2B marketplace, full procure-to-pay (P2P), product information management (PIM), catalogue management, order management, inventory and stock updates, e-invoicing, track and trace, and analytics. The platform is GS1 and PEPPOL certified.

About the HCSA

The Health Care Supply Association (‘HCSA’) was established in 1960 with the aim of promoting the work of procurement and supply chain staff at all levels in healthcare.
The HCSA’s leading objectives are to provide a professional network that encourages shared learning, and to improve professional standards. The HCSA also aims to advance healthcare management and procurement, and other subjects as applied to all or any of the duties imposed upon functions undertaken by health services.
The Health Care Supply Association is affiliated with the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (‘CIPS’). As a registered charity in the UK, the HCSA is entirely self-financed.

For more information please contact:

Annette Jack, Senior Account Manager
MHP Communications
6 Agar Street, London, WC2N 4HN
Tel: +44 (0)20 3128 8100
Direct Dial:
Mobile: +447710 032480


[1] GS1 is an international organisation that develops and maintains supply chain standards in healthcare, retail, transport and logistics and more.
[2] PEPPOL (Pan European Public Procurement On-Line) is a system that provides organisations and its suppliers with a standardised connection for eOrdering, eInvoicing, electronic Credit Notes and Advance Shipping Notifications. This single eProcurement link eradicates the need for several individual connections.


Helping your Trust #MakeSense of NHS spend data


HCSA is pleased to announce that AdviseInc is the latest organisation to join the Association as a Corporate Partner.

AdviseInc was formed to help the Healthcare market #MakeSense of spend data,

Mat Oram, co-founder of AdviseInc commented

‘’Having access to relevant insight and information through our web-based tools such as our spend analytics solution PD (Procurement Dashboard) and PB (Price Benchmarking / PPIB in England) enables NHS procurement teams to reduce variation, deliver greater efficiency and achieve better value for money.

 Over 50 NHS trusts are now actively benefiting from the use of PD with 20 more being on-boarded. AdviseInc will continue to work together with the NHS and relevant stakeholders to introduce additional functionality to support delivery with our do-it-once approach for customers. Recent examples include the Buy Price Sell Price analysis we were able to run for our members at no additional cost – saving weeks of work.

AdviseInc will work with the HCSA to deliver insight into the association’s membership and support the development of analytics as a function in procurement teams through specific training and support.

‘’HCSA is excited to announce our corporate partnership with AdviseInc, which will build on the importance of information and insight in our organisations and bring to life the true benefits of using analytics to transform what we do as procurement teams across the NHS.’’

Alan Hoskins, Chief Officer Health Care Supply Association


To find out how AdviseInc’s solutions can help your trust contact: