Procurement body recruiting new director ahead of major project

The NHS Collaborative Procurement Partnership wants a person with “high levels of commercial acumen and political astuteness” to lead the organisation, which will run three of the new procurement “category medical towers” next year.

The CPP is made up of four regional procurement hubs, which combined include 150 NHS trusts as members.

The job, advertised in The Times and Sunday Times, involves providing influence at the “most senior levels” to garner the support and commitment necessary to “develop cooperative and strategic relationships” on which the CPP will rely to deliver the required savings.

Interviews for the job will take place in February, the advert said.

Set up as a limited liability partnership, the CPP will buy products in three categories on behalf of the NHS when NHS Supply Chain is dissolved in October 2018.

NHS Supply Chain will be replaced by the category towers, which are part of the Department of Health’s drive to save £600m annually from the NHS’s procurement of common goods, medical consumables and devices.

The CPP will operate with a budget of £37m and have 120 staff, the advert stated.

TUPE consultations have begun with staff at NHS Supply Chain and it is expected some people will transfer to the CPP.

HSJ asked the CPP how many of the hub’s existing staff would work on the towers project, and how many of the 120 staff are currently in post. A spokeswoman referred the questions to the Department of Health, which said it could not comment on the questions due to the “formal TUPE consultation”. This is due to be complete in April.

The CPP, which comprises hubs in London, the South East, East of England and the North, will purchase products covered by the following categories:

  • sterile interventions equipment and associated consumables;
  • orthopaedics, trauma and spine, and ophthalmology; and
  • rehabilitation, disabled services, women’s health and associated consumables.

The other three medical towers will be provided by DHL and Health Solutions Team, a joint venture between DHL and private analytics company Vizient.

Four non-medical category towers are yet to be awarded.

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