NHS Procurement: Resource Pack

NHS Procurement: Resource Pack

On 19 September DigitalHealth.London held our first Masterclass, on Procurement.

We were Joined by Joel Glover, Head of Growth and Market Strategy at the Department of Health, and Chris Schonewald, Commercial Policy Advisor also at the Department of Health, who took attendees through the DoH plans for their new Procurement Transformation Programme and the key things innovators need to be aware about when working with NHS procurement.

Procurement is a difficult area for many small companies to navigate, with a sometimes exasperating lack of clarity over where to focus efforts when seeking purchasers for new products. The Department of Health is aware of this, and whilst they don’t offer a ‘silver bullet’ to solve the problem, there is support out there for innovators.

It’s important for innovators to understand the overarching policy direction and key initiatives that guide NHS procurement (including the need for increased efficiency savings an improved patient safety), and the resources below are provided to support with providing that context.


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Related resources

Below are links to related resources covered as part of the Procurement Masterclass

Lord Carter’s review of efficiency in hospitals aims to show how large savings can be made by the NHS.

It is available here

The AAR was commissioned by the government in November 2014. The final report makes recommendations to make it easier for NHS patients to access innovative medicines, medical technologies, diagnostics and digital products, improving efficiency and patient outcomes.

The AAR is available here

The commitment to create a new Innovation and Technology Tariff was announced by NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens in June 2016. It helps cut the hassle experienced by clinicians and innovators in getting uptake and spread across the NHS, removing the need for multiple local price negotiations, and instead guarantee automatic reimbursement when an approved innovation is used, while at the same time allowing NHS England to negotiate national ‘bulk buy’ price discounts on behalf of hospitals and patients.

More from NHS England here

The report, written by Life Science’s Champion Professor Sir John Bell, provides recommendations to government on the long term success of the life sciences sector. It was written in collaboration with industry, academia, charity, and research organisations.

The report is organised into 7 themes:

  • Health Advanced Research Programme (HARP) proposal
  • reinforcing the UK science offer
  • growth and infrastructure
  • NHS collaboration
  • data
  • skills
  • regulation

Available here

The NHS Apps Library (apps.beta.nhs.uk) has been launched as a beta site. It provides citizens, patients and clinicians with a trusted selection of digital health, care and well-being applications. This enables patients and citizens to access health care related tools that have been designed and tested to support the self-management and prevention of health related conditions.

All apps must pass the Digital Assessment Questionnaire (DAQs) to ensure that only trusted, high quality apps are available on the Apps Library.

Access the NHS Apps Library (for developers) here

The Health Developer Network is a NHS England website that contains technical information, software tools, source code and data that will be of interest and use to software developers who are designing and building software for use in health and social care.

Access NHS Developers here

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