Project Aims

To deliver savings by reviewing demand for goods and services across the seven Trusts and using different procurement levers, depending on the supplier market, to achieve best value.


  • Delivering savings which would be retained by each Trust for reinvestment in patient care
  • Standardising product usage across the region
  • Reducing costs by committing future demand to suppliers

Key achievements

  • Over £1m savings have been made through joint procurement exercises and standardising products across the member trusts (including: Medical Pulp £100k, Tissue Adhesives £90k, Film Dressings £310k, syringes and Needles £220k)
  • A clinically led procurement of surgical gloves has resulted in £320k savings for the Trusts
  • A single clinical governance structure for all procurement activity is operated
  • A single standard E-Tendering solution for the region has been purchased and is being rolled out

Progress on current projects – March 2017

  • A joint working togegther work plan for 2017/18 is in development, it includes: mobile phones, linen and laundry, dental consumables, advanced wound-care. The workplan will be available here once finalised

Project Team

  • Sir Andrew Cash – Chief Executive Sponsor (Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust)
  • Paul Ralston – Procurement Lead
  • Andy Baker – Procurement Support