NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products, services and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations across England and Wales.
We are part of the NHS family, managing more than 8 million orders per year across 94,000 order points and 17,465 locations, delivering over 28 million lines of picked goods to the NHS annually.
Our systems consolidate orders from over 930 suppliers, saving trusts time and money in removing duplication of overlapping contracts.
Our supply chain model consists of 11 specialist buying functions, known as Category Towers, delivering clinical consumables, capital medical equipment and non-medical products such as food and office solutions. Two enabling services for logistics and supporting technology underpin the model.
In common with other healthcare organisations, we’ve learnt lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic and EU Exit as we have further strengthened the resilience of our supply chain by investing in key tools and capacity that builds resilience and performance, across the end-to-end supply chain.
Oversight and operational management of NHS Supply Chain is delivered by the management function, Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL). SCCL was incorporated on 25 July 2017. NHS Commissioning Board (NHS England and NHS Improvement(NHSEI)) are the sole shareholders of SCCL.
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