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Lord Carter’s report highlighted that NHS trusts spend £9 billion on procurement, whilst setting out a series of recommendations. Lord Carter states that if his recommendations are followed then the NHS can save £1 billion through the better procurement of services.

By implementing  more effective procurement strategies; NHS trusts will be in a much better position to manage their supply chains, engage with their suppliers to get the best services and drive value for money.

This A Guide to Effective Procurement in the NHS course, led by the Chair of the HCSA Helen Lisle, will give delegates the practical tools and skills to help NHS trusts improve their procurement of services.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about the impact of Lord Carter’s report on procurement
  • Develop effective techniques to manage the supply chain
  • Gain best practice at establishing alliances with key suppliers
  • Identify methods to procure better services
  • Take back an action plan to improve your procurement procedures
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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Chair's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 11:00

Implement the Carter Report

In this opening session, delegates will discuss with one of the NHS’s leading procurement expert’s, where NHS procurement is heading.

  • Examine the key findings of the Carter report
  • Develop in-depth knowledge on the impact of the Carter report on your organisation
  • Explore methods to achieve success at delivering Carter’s key procurement recommendations
11:00 - 11:15

Morning Break

11:15 - 12:00

Effective Procurement of Services

  • Establish what your organisation need to procure: medical equipment, temporary staff and/or medicine
  • Maximise your trust’s purchasing power through developing effective partnerships with other NHS bodies
  • Learn methods to manage staff, time and resources during the procurement process
12:00 - 13:00

Effective Engagement with Key Suppliers

  • Gain best practice tools at finding the right suppler
  • Map the competitive landscape to help you chose the right supplier
  • Develop contract negotiation skills to secure beneficial outcomes
  • Learn change management and dispute resolution skills
  • Identify what suppliers want from your organisation
  • Utilise the knowledge and skills of your private sector partner
13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 14:45

Best Practice at Managing an Effective Supply Chain

  • Effective collaboration to deliver savings
  • Engaging clinical teams in the procurement process
  • The impact of procurement on the cost and value of patient care
  • Collaboration with suppliers and other stakeholders in the procurement process
  • Procurement role in developing value and efficiency from the supply chain
14:45 - 15:00

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Create an Effective Procurement Action Plan to Drive Performance

In this practical workshop session, delegates will work in groups to create a more effective procurement action plan.

  • In groups and with the Trainer, delegates will discuss how they can develop more effective procurement procedures to help improve the productivity and performance of your organisation
  • Develop a strategy to improve your Trust’s procurement process
  • Create a “how to successfully secure” procurement toolkit
  • Take back an effective procurement action plan to your organisation
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close


etc. Venues – Victoria, London

One Drummond Gate, Pimlico,, London, SW1V 2QQ