Lord Carter’s “Operational Productivity and Performance in English NHS Acute Hospitals: Unwarranted Variations” report highlights the pharmacy activity, which calls for a clinically focused pharmacy staff to deal with outpatient dispensing to free up the clinical time in the increasing NHS organisation.
The London Procurement Partnership (LPP) has decided to build a new framework, which will provide fast track procurement solutions for NHS organisations to generate efficiencies and service improvements in the Outpatient Pharmacy Dispensing (OPD). The new framework is agreed for those NHS Trusts who wish to subcontract their OPD services. The LPP members and NHS organisations in all UK will be able to accelerate and streamline the procurement process by the new framework.
Furtherance, the LPP intends to standardise the approach and simplify the processes for the NHS Trusts and suppliers by creating a competition toolkit. The toolkit will set a level of standardisation of headline governance and outline specification in the local level. As its achievement, LPP members and NHS organisations will realise an early benefits.
The Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) in a Prior Information Notice has invited for interested suppliers to engage and participate in the development of this framework agreement. The benefits from this project to the suppliers are critical, as the new OPD framework is believed to be the first for its kind. Correspondingly, stakeholders’ understandings to toolkit features, its customer base and generic specification are vague.
The LPP has targeted the end of December for framework agreement completion and its availability for LPP members and NHS organisations. Its detail timetable will be published soon once it is completed. However, its target dates have been set up.
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