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Doing Business

The increased importance attached to collaborative procurement is a direct result of the National Procurement Strategy and the Efficiency Review of Public Spending. Collaborative Procurement is about Health Boards, National Procurement and suppliers working together to achieve value for money.

NHS Scotland will benefit from a more collaborative and coordinated approach to procurement and we will develop partnerships with suppliers and Health Boards using expertise from across NHS Scotland to gain benefits from economies of scale and harnessing combined sector purchasing power.

Benefits for NHS Scotland

The ultimate benefit for health boards is reducing direct and indirect procurement spending.  Health boards will also benefit from the support provided by National Procurement to minimise duplication of effort and maximise resources.  We also develop and circulate procurement policy and guidance.  We also offer sound communications links with the end users on developing the specifications and managing contracts through the Commodity Advisory Panels.

Benefits for suppliers

Suppliers can help shape the future of procurement and extend business across the sector.  They have the chance to:

  • develop or extend relationships across NHS Scotland
  • reduce costs through efficient processes and contract management
  • influence the sharing of good practice, and
  • establish standard processes.
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