18 October 2007
NHS Supply Chain has launched an online catalogue that makes it easier to buy and supply products for trusts.
NHS-Cat, unveiled earlier this month, replaces the read-only online catalogue NHS-eCat. It is linked to the organisation's ordering systems, expanding the listed products from 50,000 lines to all 500,000.
Suppliers can now manage their own content, allowing them to immediately update prices and add product fact sheets. An e-tendering and contracts management system is also due to launch this month.
NHS Supply Chain this month reached the end of the first year of its 10-year contract. It is tasked with achieving £1 billion of savings for the NHS on the purchase and delivery of products. Roger West, its procurement director, told SM first-year savings figures should be available in the coming weeks.
He also confirmed its product council will begin next month, providing a forum for clinicians and nurses to discuss the emerging needs that buyers must address.