The Trust’s new in-house procurement department is up and running. Newly appointed Head of Procurement, Jeremy Pewton commenced on Monday 18th March and is now busy recruiting a small procurement team of 3x WTEs.
Previously the Trust had a disjointed set of procurement arrangements that did not adequately meet its needs. The Trust is planning to develop a rolling 36 month procurement programme, to target efficiency savings through contract tendering and professional catalogue management.
There is a need for greater transparency around procurement and ensure value for money is achieved through the procurement of goods and services. During 2011/12 the Trust expenditure in procuring goods and services was £23m, which equates to 14% of the £160m turnover.
The new team will ensure there is a clear procurement plan regarding which contracts/services have been tendered, require tendering or are coming up for tendering again so that support can be given to budget holders to take this forward.
“Our aim is to establish a fully automated, integrated and paperless system, which is underpinned by the latest catalogues and prices, which will free up wasted clinical and administration time spent on procurement. Managers will have access to the latest procurement information that is required to manage services on a day to day basis available on their desktop, with the objective of achieving all corporate objectives and targets. I’m a greater believer in making the technology work for the good of the Trust and it’s service users. Once the systems are in place we will plan a Trust wide training programme for everyone who uses or may need our services”.