21 September 2009 | Jake Kanter
NHS Supply Chain has launched a website to help it secure more innovation from vendors.
Speaking to SM, Roger West, procurement director for NHS Supply Chain, said the 'Innovation Scorecard' allows suppliers to submit descriptions of new products aimed at improving healthcare services.
The organisation wanted a better way of dealing with vendors that were pitching new products and then using the information to help sell those products to NHS trusts.
"It's about providing a mechanism for suppliers to register their products with us and capture information about those products in a structured way," West said.
"If you're a little supplier with a great new product how are you going to get that into the complexity of the NHS? We want to make NHS Supply Chain the primary channel for these innovative ideas."
The system requires suppliers to answer a number of questions about the capability of the products and their answers are given a "weighting" depending if it is ready for market or still a prototype.
NHS Supply Chain then assesses the submission and decides the best way forward. Around 16 suppliers have already submitted products for consideration following the launch last week.
West said the response from the marketplace had been positive, particularly from small and medium-sized suppliers.