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Changes to NHS Supply Chain’s Executive Team

Jin Sahota our Chief Executive Officer has informed the Board and colleagues that he is stepping down from his role at SCCL, the management function of NHS Supply Chain.  This decision is Jin’s personal decision and comes at the conclusion of his assignment to NHS Supply Chain.  He was commissioned to design, build and operationalise a new national procurement route for the NHS and the new operating model is now up and running.

Under Jin’s leadership NHS Supply Chain was named the Best Commercial Project in 2019 at the Government Commercial Function Leadership Awards, and has grown its share of the market from 38% to 56% since its creation.

Howard Blackith our Chief Information Officer will be leaving SCCL on the 9 October, to join Ericsson in a global role.   We thank Howard for his significant contribution in delivering the programme and establishing the IT function we have today and we wish Howard the best in his future role.

In addition, our Commercial Director Matt Oxley has left the organisation.  In line with our revised corporate strategy, we are reconfiguring the Commercial team to embed its activities into the areas of the organisation which are accountable for specific contracts.  We believe that this will enhance our partnership working through single lines of accountability.

We would like to thank Matt for all his dedication and hard work for NHS Supply Chain and we wish him well for the future.”

In the meantime, it is business as usual for NHS Supply Chain, which plays a vital role as part of the wider NHS family focused on delivering patient care.”

We will shortly begin the process of recruiting our first substantive CEO and Director of Customer Engagement.


New Chairs appointed to London and South Customer Boards

NHS Supply Chain is pleased to announce that Lucie Jaggar, Director of Procurement and eCommerce, Barts Health NHS Trust has been appointed as Chair of the London Customer Board for Procurement and Supply and that Alex Gild, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, will be the new Chair of the South Customer Board.

Lucie and Alex joined the national NHS Customer Board for Procurement and Supply chaired by Sir Ian Carruthers OBE on the 30 September 2020 and will be representing their respective memberships of London and Southern NHS trusts at these meetings. They have both been appointed from within.

The NHS Customer Board for Procurement and Supply aims to influence and lead procurement strategy by engaging with the senior stakeholders who understand the challenges faced by the NHS.  The Board has a particular focus on the NHS Supply Chain operating model.  Sir Ian Carruthers OBE is the chair of the National Board which oversees four regional boards, North, Midlands, South and London.

In addition, David Main, Associate Director of Procurement, St George’s Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is appointed as Deputy Chair of the London Customer Board.

David Main said: “’As an active member of the London customer board over the last year, I believe this can be a really valuable forum and I am delighted to be appointed as Deputy Chair supporting Lucie Jaggar in shaping this. I want to use this opportunity to help to improve and support the current model and shape the future strategy of procurement in the NHS, working in partnership with my colleagues in NHS Supply Chain.’’

Lucie Jaggar said: “I’m delighted to be asked to chair the London Customer Board and want to say thank you to Colin for his hard work and contribution for the past four years. NHS Supply Chain is a key pillar of our NHS Procurement landscape and I’m excited to be working alongside them to deliver a best in class organisation with the customer at its heart”

Alex Gild said: “Customer boards have an important role to play in supporting NHS Supply Chain customers in achieving best possible value for our patients. The south region customer board is a well engaged group, representing procurement and customer expertise across our NHS provider sectors and health systems. My priorities for the customer board are to build on the collaborative opportunities the new NHS Supply chain model presents, and to drive for system efficiency gain and great customer service to front-line care delivery.”

For further information: https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/about-us/customer-and-supplier-boards/


NHS Supply Chain supports innovation in surgical techniques with launch of new robotics framework

NHS Supply Chain has launched a brand new framework to provide a compliant purchasing route for a wide range of robotic surgical equipment for NHS hospital trusts across England in two surgical settings:

  • Minimally invasive surgery
  • Spinal and neurological surgery.

The robotic systems within the minimally invasive surgical setting can be used to perform prostate removal, hysterectomies, thyroid cancer removal, gastric bypass and a variety of other surgical procedures.

Benefits for using robotics in surgery include reduced reported postoperative pain, faster recovery time, reduced risk of infection, adhesion formation and postoperative hernias and better cosmetic results for patients, and for customers more effective use of NHS resources and savings for hospitals due to shorter stays. It also provides a safer working position for the surgeon, who controls the movements of multiple robotic arms from a console.

Chris Holmes, Director of Supply Chain said: “This is a first for NHS Supply Chain. The framework is an exciting new development as it encourages the innovative use of technology in surgery in the NHS which has benefits for both patients and hospitals. It also gives trusts more choice of suppliers in a growing market.”

Antonia Marks NHS Supply Chain: Large Diagnostic Capital Equipment including Mobile and Service’s Procurement Director said: “We’re delighted to launch the new robotics framework to our NHS customers, as for the first time it gives a compliant route to market for robots used in surgical procedures saving the NHS precious time and resource. It also provides a wide range of such products at competitive prices, the ability to aggregate spend and maximise savings opportunities for NHS trusts.”

The Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has regularly used robotics in surgery, with the clinical team led by Professor Naeem Soomro, Consultant Urologist, Head of Robotic Surgery working in partnership with their procurement team. Owen O’Reilly, their Procurement Manager said: “Robotics in surgery has enabled our trust to adopt robotic surgery widely across no less than eight surgical specialities including colorectal surgery, urology, gynaecology, thoracic, head and neck, hepatobiliary, upper gastrointestinal and knee arthroplasty.

“The use of robots has meant more patients receiving minimal invasive surgery, resulting in patients getting the best surgical care with reduced lengths of stay in hospital, cutting complications and the number of readmissions. It has also led to overall cost savings. Another benefit is it encourages our trust to focus on training future surgical workforce teams who are competent and confident in delivery of robotic surgery across multiple specialities.”

The Robotic Medical Equipment, Associated Accessories and Consumables framework runs for two years with the option to extend for up to a further two years. It is designed to save the NHS time and resource and increase product availability in an innovative and fast-growing market.


For further information: https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/product-information/contract-launch-brief/robotic-medical-equipment/