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Small changes, big differences How nursing staff add value to the procurement process


How nursing staff add value to the procurement process

In 2011, the National Audit Office identified the potential for £500 million worth of savings if organisations within the NHS embraced more efficient purchasing.

In England alone, the NHS spends over £4.5 billion a year on clinical supplies and services.

But too often, nursing staff are not involved at an early stage when important decisions are made.

A strong relationship between clinical and procurement staff is crucial to making use of nurses and midwives' know-how at every stage of the process.

£4.5 billion a year spent on clinical supplies and services


Nursing staff on the frontline of patient care can highlight important aspects of product suitability including usability, safety, quality and patient comfort.

Clinical staff know which products work and which do not. They can support with product standardisation which leads to economies of scale, a reduction in waste and large financial savings.

Nursing and midwifery staff also know how products work. Their understanding of product safety and the feedback they receive from patients helps to reduce clinical risk.

Support for you

The way devolved health systems procure consumable and supplies for the NHS varies across the UK which means there are opportunities for sharing success and ways of working.

Our range of resources will support you to understand what works well and how to create effective partnerships between clinical and procurement staff.

Page last updated - 09/01/2018