- Regulator steps up bid for further savings from NHS’s non-pay expenditure
- NHS Improvement hiring external consultants to develop model to help “transform local NHS procurement”
- Health Care Supply Association “surprised” and questions need for consultants
NHS efficiency chiefs are hiring management consultants to draw up a new model for how trusts should spend billions of pounds on goods and services, HSJ can reveal.
NHS Improvement is intensifying efforts for trusts to make savings from their non-pay spend by hiring external consultants to develop a strategy that will “transform the way procurement is delivered” at local level.
The strategy could spell big changes for local procurement teams, which will be encouraged to pursue consolidation amid a push from the centre for “significant technology automation” in the sector. It will also aim to “bring consistency to the delivery of NHS procurement”.
The Health Care Supply Association, which represents NHS procurement professionals, said it was “surprised” by the “depth and breadth” of the programme’s scope.
A spokesman for the association questioned the need for consultants being hired to draw up the model, and added that there was “enough expertise in the system”.
It comes amid the rollout of the new NHS Supply Chain, which will purchase commonly used equipment and devices for trusts, with the aim of saving hundreds of millions of pounds annually. The NHS spends just under £6bn annually on such goods. This represents 40 per cent of trusts’ non-pay expenditure on overall goods and services.
Source: Information obtained by HSJ
Author: Nick Carding
Dated: 25 October 2018