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The Edge4Health

The Edge4Health


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The pressure on hospitals to drive efficiencies in the back office has never been tougher. With the Model Hospital, Carter metrics and other national strategies calling for better management of the supply chain, the use of technology to help deliver savings and efficiencies is critical.

The Edge4Health™ is designed to transform the procurement experience and remove barriers for NHS organisations and their suppliers.


What is The Edge4Health?

The Edge4Health is a partnership between NHS Shared Business Services and Virtualstock. The cloud-based platform connects NHS organisations and suppliers to improve efficiency, drive savings and heighten compliance. It includes a consumerstyle eMarketplace, online catalogue management, and integrates with existing procure to pay systems.

NHS Organisation User Guide (PDF) [919KB](opens new window)

Key FeaturesKey Features

• Integrated ordering and catalogue management tool
• Simple and familiar platform minimises requisition errors
• GS1 compliant catalogue and price data, managed by suppliers
• Integration to inventory manage


• Provided at no additional charge for NHS SBS customers
• Accelerated compliance with national strategies and standards, e.g. Carter, eProcurement
• Enhanced control of accuracy across your spend and contracts
• Enriched, supplier-managed data
• An eMarketplace to compare products and prices
• Helps reduce supplier queries and problems caused by inaccurate product data


NHS Shared Business Services onboarding team will work with you to assess resource and support requirements prior to commencing implementation of the platform.


Supporting transition to The Edge4Health

NHS Shared Business Services specialist onboarding team supports implementation of The Edge4Health every step of the way to ensure the smoothest possible transition to the platform.

Our team work in partnership with your organisation to assist you in realising the benefits of The Edge4Health, while you stay in control of your systems and data.

NHS SBS SupportNHS SBS Support

• Migration plan detailing activities, timelines and key deliverables required from all parties
• Build and configure an organisational account on The Edge4Health system
• Provide details of supplier data already available on The Edge4Health
• Provide details of a tailored Supplier Onboarding Strategy
• Provide and deliver a robust suite of training
• Provide system support post go-live

Provider ActivitiesProvider Activities

• Ensure appropriate resources are made available for implementation
• Provide access to data and information from any required IT systems
• Build your catalogue by connecting with suppliers to review and approve catalogue items
• Ensure appropriate facilities and access to relevant staff for trainingy connecting with suppliers

Enhancing your transition experience with The Edge4HealthEnhancing your transition experience with The Edge4Health

NHS Shared Business Services can provide extra support for the implementation of the platform, providing you with a faster, expert transition into The Edge4Health:
• Catalogue Migration Support service
• IT Implementation
• Supplier Contract Performance service
• Additional on-site training


Ongoing use of The Edge4Health

Following implementation, NHS Shared Business Services continue to support you through our team of experts, as outlined below.

NHS SBS SupportNHS SBS Support

• Ongoing support for your supplier onboarding strategy
• Technical and user support through the NHS SBS Customer Service Centre

Provider ActivitiesProvider Activities

• Reviewing and approving item changes and pricing from suppliers for your catalogue items
• Administer your user profiles using any new and improved procurement processes available

Enhancing your transition experience with The Edge4HealthEnhancing your transition experience with The Edge4Health

NHS Shared Business Services provides a suite of supporting services to enhance your Edge4Health experience, including:
• Catalogue Content Management Service
• Contract Pricing Support Service


Next Steps

To get on board and reap the benefits of The Edge4Health, contact your NHS Shared Business Services CPE Lead or email

To learn more, visit The Edge4Health website at

Provider benefits

The Edge4Health streamlines multiple systems and processes into one place to revolutionise procure to pay.

Supplier benefits

Connecting suppliers with NHS buyers, The Edge4Health is opening up the supply chain between suppliers and the NHS.