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27th February 2015

NHS Commercial Solutions listed on NHS England’s specialist and niche provider list

NHS Commercial Solutions is pleased to announce we have gained a place on the NHS England specialist and niche provider list.The directory, in the CCG Learning Environment, lists commissioning support services and organisational development support organisations that are able to provide support to CCGs.

This will enable us to continue our already successful programme of work supporting commissioning organisations in all their procurement requirements.

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17th February 2015

Smart ambulance minds think inside the Box

Leading ambulance personnel representing 12 European countries gathered for a two day Kick-off meeting at the Royal College of Art’s Dyson Gallery in Battersea on Wednesday and Thursday (11 & 12 February) last week to kick-start a consultation process focusing on the design and build of an innovative hi-tech 21st century ‘Smart’ ambulance which, when completed, could significantly alleviate pressure on Emergency Departments and hospitals.

Participants viewed a full-size Demonstrator Box that embodies design features informed by a 9 year research project. The box, modeled on a typical A& E ambulance patient treatment unit, was designed by the Royal College of Art’s Healthcare Research Lab, part of the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design. Ambulance and healthcare delegates from as far afield as Spain, the Netherlands, Denmark and Finland were shown the box’s hi-tech interior and invited to share their thoughts on what clinical design elements on display would best improve the shape of their own nation’s ambulance delivery

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12th February 2015

Telecoms Workshop at NHS Commercial Solutions

Managing Telecommunication spend can be a tough task, especially in the ever changing NHS arena and no strategy seems sustainable for the long run. This requires keeping up to date with the market and technology dynamics  and be prompt to harvest the best out of it to suit your organisational need.

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5th February 2015

NHSCS shortlisted for National Government Opportunites (GO) Procurement Innovation Award

The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership – of which the NHS Commercial Solutions is a member - has been shortlisted for a Government Opportunities (GO) Award 2015/16 for its nursing and nursing-related staff framework agreement.

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29th January 2015

HCSA Chairman's Message - January 2015

Dear Member

I hope you all have settled back into the routine and just in case I forgot to say - happy 2015! The HCSA Council is meeting on Wednesday 21st January and the preceding evening the HCSA Executive is meeting with our President - Lord Hunt at the House of Lords. Lord Hunt continues to give his time generously to HCSA matters. The Council has a really packed agenda including how we drive forward our partnership with the Department of Health (DH) to support the development of the profession. Our DH colleagues strongly share our ambitions and I know are keen to invest in supporting the skills of our 'front line' Trust-based Procurement Teams.

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28th January 2015

National Procurement Strategy boost as NHS hubs formalise collaboration, working together and sharing of appropriate frameworks

The National Procurement Strategy has received a major boost as the four NHS procurement hubs have agreed to work to common Principles, and where practical have opened a number of frameworks to their combined membership, cutting duplication and giving trusts immediate access to a wider range of OJEU compliant frameworks.

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28th January 2015

Total Cardiology Solutions launch event and presentations

Trusts met on Friday 5th December for the launch of the Total Cardiology Solutions framework agreement, being developed by the NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership.

The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership comprises the four NHS collaborative procurement hubs (NHS London Procurement Partnership, NHS Commercial Solutions, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and NHS North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative).

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 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.

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  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.

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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.

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14th May 2015    

Agency Nursing Framework Awarded

This national framework agreement commenced on 14th May 2014 and was established in collaboration with three other NHS procurement hubs to meet the need for ensuring the provision of quality temporary and permanent staff from the UK and overseas. The contract is for an initial period of two years, plus two optional one-year extension periods.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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