The National eProcurement Strategy
Following publication of the NHS eProcurement Strategy in April 2014, we have been working with National Programme Leads in determining the role which the PPSA can play in supporting our members in their delivery of the strategy. Implementation of the eProcurement Strategy will fundamentally change the NHS, making it more efficient and helping it to save £billions in the coming years.
The building blocks of the strategy are the mandated 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.
Implementation of the strategy is in its initial stages and at present the Department of Health is targeting acute Trusts.
Our strategic management of eProcurement contracts presently consists of one element, tender and contract management (eSourcing). The PPSA negotiated the managed service contract with EU Supply and the multi-tenanted platform is shared by many UK organisations. The system is called CTM (Complete Tender Management). Click here for more information.