29 April 2004
Tony White has been appointed head of supplies at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, where he will control a budget of more than £138 million.
White leads a department of 55 people on two sites and be responsible for purchasing everything from rubber gloves to high-tech medical scanning equipment.
White was previously head of supply chain at the NHS Logistics Authority for three and a half years.
He said: "The move to Sheffield is back into pure purchasing after my time at NHS Logistics, where I was able to form good relations with the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency and other trusts."
Sheffield, the fourth largest trust in the UK, is one of 13 trusts set to become foundation hospitals in July.
Foundation status means managers have more autonomy to decide where money is spent, borrow money from banks and establish private companies to sell their services.
Importantly, they will be more accountable to local stakeholders, such as patients and staff (see Features, 1 April).
White has also held purchasing and supply roles at GEC Plessey, Boots and UniChem.