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Updates from NHS Supply Chain this month include: our charity of choice partnership, how our clinical nurse advisors have adapted their ways of working, information on the launch of the Complete Ophthalmology Solutions 2 national framework agreement and that James Spittle’s role as SCCL Chair is coming to an end.

The four regional Customer Boards met between the 7 September and 10 September 2021.  Key agenda items included: sustainability, savings reporting, ICS and collaborative working and contract launch process improvements. For more information please speak to your ICS representative or visit here

James Spittle’s role as SCCL Chair comes to an end

James (Jim) Spittle has informed the SCCL Board that he has decided to step down from his role as Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL, management function of NHS Supply Chain) Chair at the end of his three-year term on 30 September 2021.  James was appointed as SCCL’s, first independent non-executive Chair on 17 September 2018.

Melinda Johnson, Commercial Director at the Department of Health and Social Care who represents the Department on SCCL’s Board said “I would like to thank James for his commitment, dedication and support over the last three years.  We will miss him and wish him well for the future.

“I am pleased to welcome Heather-Tierney Moore in her new role as Interim Chair of SCCL’s Board.  Heather is currently a non-executive director on SCCL’s Board and brings senior NHS management and clinical experience to the Board’s discussions.”

James said: “It has been a privilege to be Chair of SCCL the management function of NHS Supply Chain over the last three years. Our teams have delivered first class results in the most difficult of circumstances and have delivered exceptional results throughout, with of course more to do.

“We all know that the next few years will bring about further change and pressures on the NHS but I am confident that NHS Supply Chain will be up for the challenges presented.  I am delighted that Heather Tierney-Moore as Interim Chair and the board will effectively navigate the way ahead with the teams continued support and continue the focus on delivering greater value for the NHS’s front line.”

Find out more here.

Charity of Choice partnership

NHS Supply Chain is delighted to announce our corporate charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society – as voted for by NHS Supply Chain colleagues through an internal process involving our colleague engagement forum.

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity. They campaign for change, fund research to find a cure and support people living with dementia.

We are looking forward to supporting our chosen charity through fundraising, events and donations.

Clinical Nurse Advisors Adapt to Suit Needs of NHS

The pandemic has shifted usual ways of working across the NHS, and NHS Supply Chain’s team of Clinical Nurse Advisors have continually adapted to support trusts.

With clinical backgrounds they understand the needs of health and care professionals and their role is to facilitate the partnership between NHS trust procurement teams and clinicians, working alongside them. They engage with clinicians working within trusts and help ensure product usability, clinical suitability and share best practice.

With their wealth of experience the team also assist and support on a variety of projects including standardisation, rationalisation, clinical evaluations, switching opportunities and sustainability.

We caught up with some of the team to discuss how they prioritised the shifting needs of the NHS and to hear about what they have learnt over the last 18 months.

Find out more here.

Complete Ophthalmology Solutions 2 national framework agreement launched by NHS Supply Chain

A new ophthalmology national framework agreement which brings together three legacy agreements, while also adding new categories, has been launched by NHS Supply Chain.

Complete Ophthalmology Solutions 2 (COS2) covers all ophthalmology requirements from intraocular lenses (IOLs), accessories and consumables to Ophthalmic Capital Equipment and Associated Accessories used in various diagnostic and surgical environments.

It has 48 suppliers, eight of which are new to the framework and five that are new to NHS Supply Chain. The framework is split into two lots, covering consumable and capital products.

Among the consumable products supplied are Intraocular Lenses (IOLs), Monofocal Lens, Preloaded Monofocal Lens, Multifocal Lens, Preloaded Multifocal Lens, Toric Lens, Preloaded Toric Lens. These are implanted into the eye to treat cataracts or other eye conditions.

To develop the new framework, NHS Supply Chain: Orthopaedics, Trauma and Spine, and Ophthalmology, engaged with charities, NHS trusts and Moorfields Eye Hospital to gain their input.

Find out more here.

Source: NHS Supply Chain