Jin Sahota was commissioned to develop a new national procurement route for the NHS © Daniella Cesarei
Jin Sahota was commissioned to develop a new national procurement route for the NHS © Daniella Cesarei

Jin Sahota resigns from NHS Supply Chain role

Jin Sahota has resigned as CEO of Supply Chain Coordination Ltd (SCCL), following the establishment of a “new national procurement route” for the NHS. 

An NHS Supply Chain spokeswoman told SM it was Sahota’s “personal decision” to leave SCCL – the management function for NHS Supply Chain – and “comes at the conclusion of his assignment to NHS Supply Chain”.

“He was commissioned to design, build and operationalise a new national procurement route for the NHS and the new operating model is now up and running,” she said. 

NHS Supply Chain manages the procurement of healthcare products and services for NHS trusts in England and Wales.

The spokeswoman added that under Sahota’s leadership, NHS Supply Chain had grown its share of the market from 38% to 56%.

Sahota, who joined SCCL in January 2018, held the position of commercial director in the Department of Health and Social Care and was involved in the Procurement Transformation Plan, one of the highest-profile overhauls in government. 

Part of the plan included a ‘Future Operating Model’ to outline how the NHS would purchase goods to make estimated annual savings of £600m.

In 2017, Sahota told SM his task was to drive efficiency and the NHS would “no longer be fragmented and exploited”.

Jim Spittle, chair of the SCCL board, thanked Sahota for “his contribution to the business whilst on secondment from the Government Commercial Office”. 

“We will shortly begin the process of recruiting our first substantive CEO, which has always been part of the plan for the next stage of the organisation’s development. Jin, the board and I are discussing the next steps and timings.”

Sahota’s departure follows criticism of the government and NHS Supply Chain's response to the Covid-19 outbreak and concerns over availability of PPE.

One NHS trust procurement lead reportedly told HSJ: “We don’t know how much or when stuff is going to come in. The lack of recognition of the impact it’s having on clinician confidence, on patients, on staff safety – it’s irresponsible.”

NHS Supply Chain confirmed that Howard Blackith, SCCL’s chief information officer, would also be leaving the organisation on 9 October to join Ericsson. 

Blackith joined the Department of Health and Social Care in January 2017 as the programme director for the Procurement Transformation Programme. He took up the CIO role in April 2018 to lead the IT and transformation capability at SCCL.

An NHS Supply Chain spokeswoman added: “We thank Howard for his significant contribution in delivering the programme and establishing the IT function we have today and we wish Howard the best in his future role.

“In the meantime, it is business as usual for NHS Supply Chain, which plays a vital role as part of the wider NHS family focused on delivering patient care.”

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