Guidance aimed at improving procurement across the health care system has been published by the Department of Health.

‘NHS Procurement: Raising our Game’ sets out proposed actions for NHS Trusts and the Department, focusing on taking immediate action to start tackling six key areas for improvements:

  • levers for change
  • transparency and data management
  • NHS standards of procurement
  • leadership, clinical engagement and reducing variation
  • collaboration and use of procurement partners
  • suppliers, innovation and growth

The guidance was launched in advance of a procurement strategy planned for early 2013. It aims to start the journey to world-class procurement by identifying those issues and actions that require immediate attention in order to lay the foundations for a fuller and further-reaching strategy later in the year. This conference will provide an update on progress for suppliers to the NHS.