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Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust partners with BMI Healthcare on procurement
29-NOV-11

London NHS hospitals set to benefit from significant savings on the cost of medical consumables. Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust has selected BMI Healthcare to provide a new wholesaler and procurement service for the supply of general medical surgical consumables. The new framework agreement will be available for all London Trusts to access.

The new way of working will combine the purchasing scale of the NHS and BMI Healthcare, and leverage existing infrastructure and capabilities to secure significant savings by offering volume commitment to the supply base.  It will improve efficiency and enable more effective aggregation of individual Trust spend to release funds for frontline care.  The agreement has the potential to influence over £150m of London medical consumable spend.

“We think this is the most exciting response yet to the National Audit Report and Public Accounts Committee’s call for a culture of more efficient procurement in the NHS,” said Matt Oxley, Group Procurement & Property Director, BMI Healthcare.  “We will combine our hospital and supply-chain experience, with those from participating Trusts, to establish a highly competitive Procurement Service. Put simply this marks the arrival of a new service for the NHS designed by healthcare professionals for healthcare professionals. “

“This agreement is an example of how the public and private sector can work in partnership to establish an innovative model for NHS Procurement,” said  David Lawson, NHS lead, Director of Procurement, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. “It will meet the needs and priorities of London hospitals, and provide total transparency, and support to drive and co-ordinate product standardisation. Commitment contracting will guarantee the volumes to secure greater discounts from suppliers.  For Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust this forms part of a wider strategy to transform the supply chain through automated stock management systems, just-in-time delivery, and consolidation of suppliers through prime wholesalers. “

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Notes to editors:

About Guy’s and St Thomas’

Guy's and St Thomas' provides a million patient contacts in acute and specialist hospital services every year. As one of the biggest NHS Trusts in the UK, with an annual turnover of around £1 billion, we employ almost 12,000 staff. The Trust works in partnership with the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Biomedical Sciences of King's College London and other Higher Education Institutes to deliver high quality education and research. www.guysandstthomas.nhs.uk

We are part of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC), a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts. King’s Health Partners is one of only five AHSCs in the UK and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.  For more information, visit www.kingshealthpartners.org

Contact details: Tel: 020 7188 5577 (Out of hours call our pager bureau on 0844 822 2888) Email: press@gstt.nhs.uk 

About BMI Healthcare

BMI Healthcare is the UK’s largest private hospital group with more than 70 hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout the country. More than 7,000 consultants choose to practice at BMI hospitals, which collectively handle over 1.25 million patient visits each year. BMI Healthcare focuses on clinical excellence, quality of service and efficiency, and has a deserved reputation in the independent health care sector for consistent achievement of these values.

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