Implementing the National eProcurement Strategy across South West of England NHS Trusts
The 'Raising our game' strategy was published in May 2012 and its purpose was to describe actions needed to improve procurement in the NHS. Following this 'Better Procurement Better Value Better Care' was published in August 2013 and this set out details of the NHS Procurement Development Programme. More recently, the NHS 'eProcurement strategy' was published in April 2014. Implementation of the eProcurement strategy will fundamentally change the NHS, making it more efficient and helping it to save £billions in the coming years.
Even before publication of the NHS eProcurement Strategy, we commenced working with National Programme Leads in building knowledge and awareness. We are the major collaborative in the region and we are currently working with our members to establish how best to provide the support needed to help them implement the eProcurement strategy.
The building blocks of the Strategy are the adoption of GS1 Standards in regards to products and locations, the adoption of PEPPOL standards for the electronic transmission of purchase orders, invoices and shipping/delivery notes and also the increased application of technological solutions in areas like inventory management, patient and device identification.Read more about this contract...