The HCSA strongly encourages members to read the NHS England update to the previously issued Five Year Forward View available at:
Highlights for Procurement staff include sections on temporary staffing and investment in radiotherapy equipment along with a paragraph entitled ‘Use the NHS procurement clout’ that says:
As part of the ‘Carter’ programme, NHS Improvement will standardise and improve trust procurement to release £350 million of savings in 2017/18 on a baseline of over £8 billion of annual expenditure on supplies and devices. Smarter and collaborative procurement will mean purchasing certain categories of product on behalf of the whole NHS. All trusts will be required to participate in the Nationally Contracted Products programme, by submitting and sticking to their required volumes and using the procurement price comparison tool to switch to better value products.
HCSA Chairman Alan Hoskins commented that:
‘The Five Year Forward View identifies the real challenges of providing publicly funded healthcare along with a range of initiatives to address funding shortfalls.
HCSA members will be a key part of finding ways of making existing resources stretch further along with delivering important investment in radiotherapy equipment- the latter is no better illustration of how we support patient care.’