You may have seen the recent Press Release from Health Minister Steve Barclay confirming that Unipart has won a five year logistics contract for the new NHS Supply Chain.
The new logistics contract is the biggest of thirteen new national NHS contracts which form the new NHS Supply Chain. This will use the NHS’ bulk buying power to save money and transform NHS procurement, and the Department of Health and Social Care anticipates this is hoped to generate savings of £2.4bn over five years, which will be reinvested to improve patient care and front line services.
Unipart’s responsibilities will include the delivery of medical devices and hospital consumables - other than medicine - to NHS Trusts, the provision of Home Delivery Services, as well as warehousing, inventory management, order processing and delivery. A home delivery service makes up about 10% of the contract taken on by Unipart, delivering crucial home supplies so that patients can be cared for in the convenience of their own home, helping to move care out of hospital and relieving pressure on hospital beds and staff.
Unipart are delighted to have won this contract within the NHS. Although this is the largest contract with the NHS to date, we have been working within the Healthcare community for many years in Primary & Secondary Care, Mental Health Trusts, Ambulance Services and more recently with CCGs, STPs and CSUs. We are proud of our rich history working alongside you, your colleagues, your suppliers and of course the patients. We continue to demonstrate our insights, knowledge and understanding of what is needed to ensure the NHS remains to deliver a sustainable continuous improvement care programme within the UK.
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Full press release continued:
New supplier for deliveries, Unipart, has taken on a contract worth £730m over five years.
Unipart Logistics, part of Unipart Group Ltd, is a major global logistics provider with many years’ experience in complex supply chain environments. Unipart Logistics provide a wide range of innovative supply chain services to technology, automotive, retail/ FMCG, utilities, mobile and other sectors
- From early 2019, Unipart Logistics will commence the provision of delivery services to NHS Trusts and also facilitate the Home Delivery Service in partnership with Movianto UK, a company who offer dedicated and networked transport services within the healthcare sector.
- NHS Supply Chain provides patient-focused healthcare products and supply chain services to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). Their end-to-end supply chain services incorporate procurement, logistics, e-Commerce and customer and supplier support.
- The Department of Health and Social Care’s Procurement Transformation Programme is working to implement NHS Supply Chain’s new operating model, which will deliver the recommendations for improving procurement in the NHS as outlined in Lord Carter of Coles Review – published in February 2016 – “Operational productivity and performance in English NHS acute hospitals: Unwarranted variations”.
- The new operating model will deliver for the NHS, clinically assured, quality products at the best possible value through a more sustainable approach which will include more rigorous and responsive management of supplier accountability and contract strategy development.
- The new operating model will be fully operational by April 2019 and will bring large elements of procurement back into the public sector, at the same time simplifying the procurement landscape and improving responsiveness to NHS organisations.
- Under the old model any of the 234 Trusts could choose to separately negotiate deals and this led to large variations in cost and services; the new model will set the right conditions to allow Trusts to rely on the national purchasing capability and therefore reduce price variations.
The Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock is determined to ensure every penny of taxpayers’ money is spent wisely in the NHS, with recent announcements including:
- a move to encourage trusts to focus on 'bank staff' as opposed to agency workers
- doctors being able to save around £100m a year by prescribing near-identical drugs as opposed to more expensive branded medicines that work in the same way
- increasing the use of electronic-prescribing