Integrated Procurement Services
Providing flexible procurement options, from project expertise through to a dedicated procurement partnership team.
We understand that Trusts have different challenges surrounding their procurement requirements and that each will be focused on specific, key objectives depending on the current processes and systems, as well as the appetite for change.
Our flexible range of procurement services covers anything from a bespoke procurement need to a complete integrated procurement function, allowing Trusts to tailor their support needs and choose the most relevant service option to fit with their current and longer term procurement strategy.
As a leading NHS partner, we offer timely, significant and tangible cost improvements for clients through embedded procurement expertise. We can help you to improve control of non-pay spend, to unlock significant savings and new value streams whilst improving catalogue usage, rationalising suppliers and standardising product ranges.
Scope of our services
Procurement Strategic Leadership
Provision of highly skilled, strategically minded leaders to develop, and implement a bespoke procurement strategy for compliance with national initiatives and to embed local objectives
The resource you need, with the skill set you need to deliver procurement results in accordance with a pre-defined scope of work enabling delivery of key pieces of work, including tender exercises or service improvements
Partnership Procurement Delivery
Leadership and / or procurement delivery resources to develop and deliver a plan of procurement projects, tender or value-add related, tailored to the organisation's requirements using commercial best practice, national standards and collaborative thinking
Supplier Contract Performance
Specialised supplier relationship management resource to realise your organisation's savings potential in its contract portfolio, driving through compliance, supplier performance and efficiencies plus increasing procurement support for operational teams
Planning, implementation and delivery of an inventory and materials management service (including support on system selection) to give clinical teams the right product at the right time in accordance with your organisation's standardised product lists. Drives down cost, waste and clinical time spent on procurement
End-to-end Procurement Support
Delivered via a dedicated team of qualified and experienced procurement professionals based at your site to provide a complete procurement service. This enables you to improve non-pay, addressable spend through effective work planning, delivery, stakeholder and clinical support, effective catalogue usage, greater standardisation & supplier rationalisation, improved reporting & compliance through improved processes and control - all supported and kept relevant via the national support network at NHS SBS.
- Flexibility- choose the support you need to meet your requirements - from helping to determine an appropriate procurement strategy, to delivering a single project through to providing an end-to end procurement service
- Delivery of cost savings and efficiencies through focused and experienced resources, effective planning, application of procurement project methodologies and effective processes and systems
- Improved procurement compliance with local and legislative regulations achieved through greater visibility, reporting and enforcement of governance processes
- Balanced approach - the ability to tap into and operate both as part of local and national networks to ensure appropriate alignment, accessing the services you need when you need them. Also, we're able to share best practice and evidence of our effective approach based on the various IPS customers
What our customers think
"Partnering with NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) to deliver procurement services at our offices has enabled us to ensure our Trust's needs have been successfully met, with the agility to deliver against changing requirements. The on-site presence by SBS has also ensured that clinical and corporate colleagues are effectively engaged in the procurement process to maximise adoption of new agreements and ways of working meaning that savings opportunities turn into reality. It's been a successful partnership and I'd recommend SBS to Trusts for providing procurement services"
Paul Matthew, Associate Director of Finance Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Partnership NHS Trust
Contacting the team
For any queries relating to Integrated Procurement Services (IPS), please contact the team: firstname.lastname@example.org