Procurement

Procurement’s prime focus is to ensure that goods and services necessary for business operation are acquired in the right quantities at the right time and at the right price. 

Patient care depends on the assured availability of high quality products, consumables and services. Effective procurement is therefore key meeting strategic objectives.

NTW Solutions provide full end to end Procurement support across three distinct speciality areas.

Strategic Contracting

  • Negotiation of contracts and agreements for goods and services with a regular or high level of expenditure.
  • Supplier monitoring and contract management.
  • Procuring goods and services in line with European Directives, NHS Legislation, Standing Financial Instructions, National and Local Audit requirements.
  • Collaboration with other Trusts and external organisations.
  • Strategic analysis of expenditure/ Reports on spend / usage analysis.
  • Development and implementation of a strategic procurement work plan.
  • Specialist Procurement Knowledge and Information.

Operational Procurement

  • Processing of requisitions to enable purchase orders to be placed for goods and services.
  • Providing advice and support to colleagues in the selection of products to ensure that the most efficient and cost effective product is purchased.
  • Expediting orders and resolving purchasing queries
  • Undertaking competitive quotations.
  • Creation and management of catalogues to enable speedy purchasing of commonly used goods.
  • Adherence to Trusts Standing Financial Instructions
  • Facilitating product trials and coordinating the evaluation of products
  • Facilitating and encouraging the standardisation of products.

Materials Management

  • Taking care of the supply and storage of regularly used items for key users via bar code technology and handheld scanners.
  • Eliminating the need for clinical staff to be involved in the ordering process – freeing up time for patient care.
  • Weekly stock checking /scanning of agreed locations to generate orders.
  • Weekly replenishment of stock.
  • Regular review of products ordered and holding quantities to maximise efficiency and cost effectiveness.
  • Maximising product standardisation within the materials management service.