Farnsworth takes helm at shared NHS procurement service

Paul Snell is managing editor at Supply Management
10 June 2013

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Alan Farnsworth is heading up a shared service that will manage procurement and logistics on behalf of six NHS trusts.

The UCLPartners in Procurement Service (PPS) launched on 3 June to provide purchasing and logistics activity for the trusts in London and the surrounding area. These are Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and Whittington Health NHS Trust.

Farnsworth, who will lead the organisation as its director, said in a statement: “I am delighted to be leading the PPS, which as a group has by far the largest non-pay spend among trusts in London. The opportunities to leverage the combined buying power of the partner trusts are significant. The PPS will be a flexible and responsive organisation, which will work closely with all partner trusts, clinical groups and suppliers to deliver high-quality and cost-effective procurement services across the participating partner trusts. I look forward to working with all the partner trusts to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care.”

He was previously director of the procurement shared service operated for Whittington Health NHS Trust and the Royal Free London NHS Trust.

All procurement and logistics staff transferred to the Whittington Trust, which is hosting the PPS. The aim is to provide a more efficient and cost-effective procurement service that can take advantage of rationalisation and standardisation.

David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and chairman of the PPS board, said: “The partner trusts have been working together over some time in order to create the PPS and design an operating model that will maximise the benefits of a shared collaborative procurement service. The PPS is an innovative organisation that has the correct balance of skills, knowledge and experience to deliver cost savings, develop opportunities and improve quality across the partner trusts. This will help drive value to the benefit of patients and tax payers alike.” 

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