Delivering the vision set out in the NHS Long Term Plan will require new models of care that drive integration and provide sustainable health services. Procurement and commercial services must align with the current EU regulatory frameworks for public sector purchasing, while simultaneously enabling your organisation to work through ‘best value’ tests that will provide the foundations for transformational change.
ICSs will provide the vision and strategy required to transform local healthcare, while nationally, NHS England must continue to deliver efficiency and innovation for directly commissioned services. Our procurement and commercial solutions support both regional and national programmes and are driven by four objectives:
• Improving health and wellbeing via innovation in how services are delivered
• Driving collaboration, integrated working and shared rewards
• Securing the best outcomes and experience for patients
• Optimising value for every pound spent for both patients and the taxpayer.
Our multi award-winning team has a proven track record in delivering complex projects for both local and national initiatives. Our solutions provide a roadmap, underpinned by tools, work process methodology and governance that ensures commissioning plans are successfully delivered. This includes a unique Seven Step Strategic Sourcing Model used to safely deliver a range of programmes, including working towards the appointment of the first integrated care provider (ICP).
Arden & GEM has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Excellence Programme, in recognition of our delivery of efficient, high quality services. We are also working collaboratively with our clients to develop a ‘best value’ tool set that will enable commissioners to achieve the most cost-effective solutions while making best use of the current system.
We deliver end-to-end procurement and commercial solutions, or modular services that can dovetail with your existing resource. Our core services include:
Market assessment and development
Our thorough market assessments provide invaluable understanding of how the supply market works, the direction in which the market is going, capacity, competitiveness and key suppliers. This informs strategy, and the tendering process, and enables delivery of an intervention that meets the needs of patients and the wider system.
We deliver a comprehensive range of pre-procurement activities that lay the foundations for your purchasing activities and reduce the risks associated with complex change. We provide high level strategic advice, including legal and regulatory, to ensure you remain safe, compliant and adopt an intervention that removes wasted procurement costs and fragmented service provision.
From large scale national procurement programmes, to bespoke local projects, to Any Qualified Provider (AQP) arrangements, we have unrivalled experience that draws on cross-sector expertise spanning health and social care systems. We can design and implement an optimal market intervention that maximises opportunities under the current regulatory frameworks and delivers a cost effective, value driven intervention.
We provide comprehensive management of the implementation of new services. Following the award of the contract we work across all stakeholders to identify and manage risks, create shared understanding of responsibilities, create realistic plans and finalise all administrative details.
The drive towards system integration has created an upsurge in collaborative contracting. Our extensive experience of implementing collaborative contractual models includes prime contract, prime provider contract and alliance contract arrangements, and supports clients to improve performance and deliver savings. Our service ensures that contracts perform within the defined outcomes and that activity levels are aligned to the planned out-turn.
Recognising the move towards integrated care systems, and care being provided in different settings, we have developed sector specific expertise in category management. We can help you to manage markets, and capacity, to ensure care can be delivered effectively and in line with your strategic aims. Our services provide the opportunity for greater collaboration, a contracts database for effective benchmarking and the potential to unlock considerable cost benefits.
Spend analytics and contract management
We provide commissioners and health systems with transparency for every pound spent, including visibility of both clinical and non-clinical activities. With a move towards greater CCG collaboration, this offers the opportunity to manage current contracts throughout their lifecycle to deliver both improvements and efficiency.
As health systems evolve, our innovative procurement and commercial solutions will continue to ensure delivery of high quality, affordable care.
We would welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with you to develop interventions that can remove wasted procurement costs, eliminate fragmented provision and deliver best value for your population.
Find out more about our multi award-winning procurement services by accessing the resources below.
NHS Arden & GEM CSU has won the ‘Public Procurement Project of the Year’ category at this year’s Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Excellence in Procurement Awards.
Arden & GEM’s procurement team worked on behalf of NHS England to develop and execute a successful procurement strategy for vaccine-related equipment and consumables. Building on this success, the team went on to support the programme’s workforce, technology and logistics workstreams.
Arden & GEM's Procurement Director, Gavin Bennett, shares the practical steps that ICSs can take now to prepare for the Provider Selection Regime in this latest article for National Health Executive.
It was announced last week that NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care and Crown Commercial Service have agreed to fund licences for all trusts, integrated care boards and other NHS entities to use the Atamis e-commerce system for the next three years.
The Arden & GEM procurement team has been successfully shortlisted in the Public Procurement of the Year category for the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2022.
Tackling the care backlog created by the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a need for service innovation on an unprecedented scale. Hear from our Head of Procurement, Martin Taylor, on how flexible procurement approaches are helping to tackle this challenge in this feature for National Health Executive.
Arden & GEM’s procurement and contract management team has been successfully shortlisted as finalists in two categories at this year’s UK National GO Awards 2021/22.
Arden & GEM’s Procurement team has launched a Contract Management Portal that enables health systems, and their component organisations, to deliver effective contract lifecycle management to increase efficiency, streamline processes, and reduce risk.
To provide commissioners and trusts with a quick and simple route to contract and sub-contract acute elective care services, an innovative national framework – the Increasing Capacity Framework – was developed and launched in November 2020.
NHS Arden & GEM CSU’s procurement team has been successful in the ‘Team of the Year’ category at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) East Midlands Brand Annual Awards 2021/21.
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