Department of Health updates purchasing guide

6 April 2010

6 April 2010  | Helen Gilbert  

A document to help UK health authorities make procurement decisions has been published by the Department of Health.

PCT procurement guide for health services provides a framework to enable primary care trusts (PCTs) to decide when to use procurement for a clinical service, and to determine what purchasing approach to use. 


It also outlines some key aspects of purchasing, including the scope of a service specification, financial and risk issues.

The guide replaces a previous document published in May 2008 and applies to all procurement activity from this month onwards. 


It has been updated to address themes from NHS 2010 – 2015: From good to great, commercial skills for the NHS and the operating framework for the NHS in England 2010/11.


“PCT boards are expected to ensure procurement activity complies with this guidance and in turn, use the processes outlined within this document to inform their procurement decisions,” the guidance stated.

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