12th September 2014    

European Benchmarking


Alyson Brett, Chief Executive of NHS Commercial Solutions is also the President of The European Public Procurement Alliance (EHPPA). In the wake of the publication of the NHS Procurement Atlas of Variation, Alyson talks about how international networking and sharing best practice in procurement can help raise standards in the NHS.

EHPPA was set up in collaboration with French procurement colleagues some three years ago, and we now have members from ten countries across Europe. We are delighted to hear that Lord Carter recently referenced the importance of global networking in procurement. One of EHPPA’s primary objectives is to establish effective benchmarking across a range of clinical and non -clinical categories to improve the procurement performance of its members in the European market.


  9th September 2014

New Member for NHS Commercial Alliance


We are pleased that Leicester Partnership NHS Trust has become a member of the NHS Commercial Alliance and welcome them on board.

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31 July 2014

Secure Data Deletion and Disposal of Redundant ICT Assets

Following a rigorous procurement process, NHS Commercial Solutions has awarded a framework agreement for the provision of services for the secure deletion of data from, and subsequent disposal of, redundant ICT assets.


18th June 2014

Orthopaedic framework

NHS hubs to collaborate on Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework agreement with 1st January 2015 go-live date

The four NHS collaborative procurement hubs (NHS Commercial Solutions, NHS London Procurement Partnership, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative) are embarking on an ambitious and innovative project to develop, award and implement a Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework agreement.


14th May 2015    

Agency Nursing Framework Awarded

NHS Commercial Solutions is pleased to announce supplier awards for the upcoming Agency Nursing Framework.  The initial process audits, quality evaluation and the electronic auction have now been completed and the successful suppliers are listed here.


23rd April 2014

NHS Commercial Alliance to Assist Department of Health Temporary Staffing Project

In August 2013, the Department of Health launched the 'Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: A Procurement Development Programme for the NHS'. This aims to help Trusts deliver £1.5bn to £2bn efficiency savings by 2015/16 to help protect frontline services and put in place a set of enablers to sustain the savings for the future.


28th March 2014

Medical Locum Further Competition Awarded

NHS Commercial Solutions are pleased to announce the award of an alliance wide NHS list of preferred medical locum agencies for our member trusts to use for their medical locum requirements.


24th February 2014

Arthroscopy multi-supplier framework

Arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and repair problems with the joints, or to remove fragments of loose bone or cartilage. An arthroscope - a type of endoscope - is inserted through a small incision to investigate the damage to an interior joint. The procedure is most commonly performed on the knees, but can also be used on wrists, elbows, ankles and shoulders.


18th December 2013

New Roadmap for EHPPA

Eight non-profit central purchasing organisations from Europe (Germany, Belgium, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway and Switzerland) who form The European Public Procurement Alliance (EHPPA) met recently to agree their roadmap for 2014.


21st November 2013

New collaborative agency nursing framework launched

We are pleased to announce the launch of a collabora­tive procurement project for agency nursing, which will be jointly managed with East of England, London Pro­curement Partnership, and North of England NHS Com­mercial Procurement Collaborative.


18th November 2013

NHS Commercial Solutions wins NHS England tender

As part of our procurement relationship with the Kent and Medway Commis­sioning Support Unit, NHS Commercial Solutions were in a position to bid for a direct commissioning procurement assistance competitive tender issued by NHS England. The work tendered involves both substantive procurement work on direct commissioning services, as well as the provision of advice and consultancy on appropriate procure­ment action on ongoing area team con­tracts.


10th October 2013

Nursing Framework OJEU notice

The OJEU advertisement for would-be providers to the new national nursing framework for the NHS and other public sector bodies has been published. The contract is for "Supply services of personnel including temporary staff" and its reference number is 2013/S 194-334739. The deadline for responses is 5pm on 11th November 2013.


9th October 2013

HAPPI Infoday a Success

HAPPI - Healthy Ageing: Public Procurement of Innovations is a European Commission initiative. 

With ageing populations across Europe HAPPI has been pioneered by NHSCS and our partners in France, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg.This project has been designed to promte ‘ageing well’ and acts as an avenue for healthcare organisations to seek out the most innovative solutions to the demands of caring for our elderly.

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12th August 2013

Monjur Elahi joins the team

Monjur Elahi has joined NHS Commercial Solutions as a Category Manager for our Support Services team. He begins his position with a number of projects to tackle including outsourced diagnostics, postal and outsourced mailing, digital dictation, preferred carrier, outsourced radiology and other IT-related projects.  


1st August 2013    

Emma-Jane Taylor joins NHSCS

Emma-Jane joins our area team as a lead category manager.  After admitting she rather "fell in" to the world of public-sector procurement after her family relocated to Reading in 2003. Emma-Jane's career has gone from strength to strength.


15th July 2013

Aitor Cisneros Joins the Team

Aitor has joined our Healthcare Services team as a category manager, working on medical and surgical contracts in surgical equipment and radiology consumables.


19th June 2013  

Managed Equipment Services attracts interest

NHS Commercial Solutions are attracting a lot of interest for their ‘Managed Equipment Services’ framework which covers diagnostic imaging, radiotherapy and cardiology equipment.


9th May 2013

New Website Launched to Identify Innovations in Ageing Well

HAPPI (Healthy Ageing - Public Procurement of Innovations) is a European demand-driven innovation project which aims to identify innovative products and services in the field of “ageing well”. A key part of this project is the new HAPPI website.

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01st May 2013

New Agency Offering from the NHS Commercial Alliance

The NHS Commercial Alliance is now able to offer procurement and commercial support for agency staffing to NHS Trusts. A new team has been created and trusts can start benefitting from their expertise now.


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