Do you want to supply to the NHS in Wales?

The annual budget for health and social care in Wales is £7.2 billion of which £800 million is spent on goods and services. Expectations and demands on services continue to increase, so we need to look at ways to work efficiently and safely, while meeting current demand and developing to meet future needs. Priorities include developing closer links between health and social services, strengthened community provision and better organisation of general hospital and specialised services. The expectation is that more care and services will move from hospitals into communities in an integrated way.

The GO Conference: Working with the NHS in Wales, taking place on 28 March 2018 and supported by NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, will give both new and existing suppliers to the NHS in Wales an essential understanding of how to work with this complex organisation to unlock opportunity at every level. Delivering world class services while reducing cost requires dialogue, understanding and insight. A full appreciation of the challenges faced by buyers gives smart, informed and engaged suppliers a proven head start over their competition.

Now is the time for suppliers with innovative or cost-saving products or services to step up and make the most of this chance to sell to the NHS in Wales.

Don’t miss out – book your place today.

NHS Wales launched its revised Procurement Strategy in 2017, which now covers a five-year horizon. The conference is an opportunity to hear first-hand from senior NHS staff on the key aspects of the strategy and the implications and opportunities for suppliers. In compiling the strategy, the challenges facing the NHS in Wales provided a backdrop against which procurement needs to be able to respond.  Examples of the challenges include:

  • POPULATION: The population of Wales is predicted to grow by 5% between 2012 and 2025. However, the age profile will become much older, with the number of people aged 65 and over growing by 26% over this period; compared with a growth of 1% for people aged under 65.*
  • CHRONIC CONDITIONS: Between 2001/02 and 2010/11, the number of people admitted to hospital with a chronic condition in Wales rose from 105,000 people to 142,000 people.*
  • STAFF PAY: Pay for hospital and community health service staff in the UK (including doctors, nurses, support staff and managers) rose by an average of around 2% a year in real terms over the 35 years to 2009/10.*
  • Assuming these trends in population, hospital admissions and pay continue, and non-pay costs rise in line with inflation, spending pressures on acute services would rise by an average of 3.4% a year in real terms between 2010/11 and 2025/26.*

*Source: Decade of austerity – Wales; Nuffield Trust