Thank you to those of you at P4H yesterday who took the time to visit our stand. We hope you found your visit useful and you came away with the information you were looking for.
If you missed my session on the power of collaborative buying in the professional procurement skills zone, or weren’t able to come to the event, you can view the slides online.
The key message I wanted to convey is that there has never been a more important time for effective collaboration. Only when we work together – for example by leveraging our bulk buying power with common suppliers – will we achieve the best commercial outcomes. Across the NHS we have a large and complex transformational change agenda to deliver. It is essential that we all work together, and use our resources as efficiently as possible, in order to prioritise resources on the delivery of critical frontline health services for citizens.
In my session I discussed how collaborative buying has the potential to achieve significant efficiencies in the procurement of common goods and services, which account for approximately £7 billion of NHS expenditure.
Combining resources and procurement capability can help trusts achieve maximum value for the NHS, and at CCS we are committed to working with our health customers to support them in making changes and achieving efficiencies. Our aim is that we should be the ‘go to provider’ for the procurement of common good and services across the entire public sector. We want to make it easier for you to access our deals and achieve great value. We recognise that it is not just about delivering the lowest price; rather, we need to deliver the best possible commercial outcomes and, of increasing importance, wider social value.
If you would like to find out more about the evolving relationship of CCS with the NHS Customer Board for Procurement & Supply and NHS procurement hubs, current developments in the CCS operating model and how it integrates with NHS commercial priorities, and how you can get involved with the developing commercial delivery plans, or if indeed there is anything else at all we can help you with, please get in touch