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28 July 2014 | Gurjit Degun
University College London Hospitals (UCLH) NHS Foundation Trust is looking to develop its procurement service to become “more integrated with business”.
In an exclusive interview with SM, Pia Larsen, UCLH’s new director of procurement and supply chain, said purchasing is part of the trust’s top 10 objectives “so there’s a real strength of resolve and support from the chief executive [Sir Robert Naylor]”.
She added a recently-appointed deputy chief executive Neil Griffiths is also looking at the “transformation of services across UCLH and procurement is certainly one area of focus”.
“We have a great intent to drive some real improvement and to develop our service to be much more integrated with the business and deliver real benefit,” Larsen explained.
Her team is also working with the Shelford Group of hospitals, which represents the country’s top 10 academic healthcare organisations, to see how the parties can contribute to the NHS national procurement strategy, Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: A Procurement Development Programme for the NHS.
Larsen, who took up her role permanently last month after a year at the trust as an interim, said the appointment shows a “real commitment” from the organisation to drive a new procurement strategy.