How we collaborate with our partners to offer the best possible procurement services

  • 07/02/2024
  • Written by NOE CPC

In what is shaping up to be a big year of change in healthcare procurement, it’s more important than ever for NOE CPC to work with its partners and customers to share best practice and knowledge.

With the introduction of the new Provider Selection Regime, along with the upcoming commencement of the Procurement Act in October, it’s important for us to keep ourselves informed and work with people right across the procurement industry.

Since we were established in 2007, NOE CPC has worked closely with its partner organisations to share best practice on utilising frameworks, managing procurements and getting best value out of the healthcare supply chain.

Collaboration is at the heart of everything we do – the word ‘Collaborative’ is in our name – and through our collaborative work with other organisations, we strive to achieve the best.

We have been collaborating with the other NHS procurement hubs in England since 2014. This continues today, as we work with NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and NHS London Procurement Partnership (NHS LPP).

Through this work we seek to avoid duplication in the market and deliver enhanced value to our NHS colleagues.

Because of this collaboration, members of NOE CPC have access to the full portfolio of frameworks of each of the four hubs.

In 2019, the four hubs began working in partnership with Crown Commercial Service (CCS) to form the largest public procurement partnership in the UK, NHS Workforce Alliance. The Alliance offers collaborative workforce solutions, including a full suite of frameworks which can meet a range of staffing needs.

By working in partnership, we have developed a team of healthcare workforce experts across the country, which means no matter where you are based, we will have a solution that we can tailor to your needs.

We work in collaboration with NHS Supply Chain to offer Facilities and Office Solutions to NHS customers, having become the awarded Category Management Service Provider for the category in July 2023.

We will be delivering these services on behalf of NHS Supply Chain for the next five years and we will be hoping to continue to use best practices that our team of supply chain experts have developed over the course of our previous NHS Supply Chain: Hotel Services contract, to achieve greatest value for our customers.

Keith Rowley, Managing Director of NOE CPC, said: “Collaboration is a fundamental part of NOE CPC and can take many shapes and forms.

“It includes working alongside others in the NHS landscape such as NHS LPP, CCS and our other NHS Procurement colleagues.  It also encompasses how we work with our members and customers, either as trusts or increasingly across ICS and ICB footprints.

“Collaboration is challenging and requires a lot of patience, persistence, and bravery to do the right thing in support of our members, customers and the NHS.”

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