The Future Operating Model for NHS Supply Chain will flex the tremendous buying power of the NHS saving over £600m annually – a major contribution to healthcare efficiency.
By collaborating with suppliers and leveraging the NHS’s purchasing power on a national scale the Future Operating Model will be able to deliver better value for money for the NHS and the taxpayer.
The Future Operating Model is organised into eleven Category Towers, covering medical, capital and non-medical areas of the procurement spend. The FOM will be supported a new performance management and customer engagement function, the Intelligent Client Coordinator (ICC), and by a new logistics and IT infrastructure.
The first of the Category Towers to go live will be the Office Solutions Category Tower, covering areas such as office equipment and stationery. The contract has been awarded to Crown Commercial Service (CCS), a publicly owned organisation that specialises in providing commercial services to the public sector and saving money for the taxpayer. The new Office Solutions service will be up and running by the autumn of 2017.