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Complex procurements and unusual projects - LPP provides the final piece of the jigsaw

Increasingly, NHS organisations are taking advantage of LPP’s ability to provide additional services which add value to their procurements. These include undertaking complex, high profile procurements and consultancy assignments, often focussed on identifying and delivering business change in procurement leading to improvements in efficiency and reductions in third party expenditure.

Complex procurements and unusual projects - LPP provides the final piece of the jigsaw

LPP’s established consulting capability offers bespoke procurement services, and takes a hands-on approach to NHS organisations, focussing on serving customers well and delivering results.

Our team has extensive experience of the following:

• Undertaking high value complex procurements
• Demand aggregation
• Supplier negotiations
• Procurement effectiveness reviews
• Contract management
• Competitive dialogue
• Demand management
• Contract compliance checks
• Quality assurance
• Procurement process re-engineering
• Managed document services.

Why NHS organisations use our consultancy service

LPP’s consultancy team provides you with access to specialist knowledge transformation managers, consultancy managers and senior NHS officers who provide practical support for initiatives. When you are short of capacity, or lacking the relevant expertise in your in-house teams, our consultancy service is there to fill the gap. Projects we have managed or are currently managing include:

• Management of Clinical and Admin Information Systems (CAIS) and Electronic Patient Record Systems (EPR) frameworks
• CAIS/EPR call offs
• Demand Aggregation Pilot for the DH and the NHS TDA
• Managed print services
• Pathology services
• Outsourced payroll contracts
• Facilities contracts
• Agency staffing demand management
• Spend analysis
• Student Information Management Systems
• Digital platform for promoting wellbeing

By engaging with LPP, NHS organisations can access the appropriate procurement vehicle to yield better efficiency in terms of supplier capacity and product delivery, and ensure better compliance with NHS procurement guidelines and local Standing Financial Instructions.

How we work and what it costs

Our service varies to accommodate your needs, but in essence we work with your project team to develop and agree key deliverables. These include developing the procurement strategy, identifying and validating the appropriate route to procure, carrying out a supplier Capability Assessment and supplier briefing, identifying appropriate and skilled stakeholders to undertake in the evaluation and clarification processes. When applicable, we make an award recommendation and produce the finalised business case, then carry out a post award review.

LPP is funded by and works for the NHS, we cover our costs, we do not make a profit. Above all, we work to a sustainable methodology which incorporates transferring skills to your teams, enabling them to continue the work we set in motion.

Demand Aggregation - the results so far

The Demand Aggregation Pilot was carried out on behalf of the DH and NHS TDA aimed to develop a new operating model/service to enable multiple trusts to collectively align their requirements, forecast their aggregated demand and take this larger volume of business to market to create a call-off contract.

Initial DAP categories, when taken to market, saved trusts:

• Mobile Telephony (August 2014): 66% overall savings (£1.6bn)
• Anti embolism stockings (January 2015): 18% overall savings
• Surgical gowns (March 2015): estimated 20-30%

LPP and its member procurement teams work collaboratively, aiming to reduce duplication and variation, to maximize framework uptake, and to aggregate buying. We work closely with procurement and clinical professionals to:

• collaborate to ensure sound, evidence-based product selections
• determine the best route to guarantee supply
• position the NHS to drive markets and not be driven by them.

Further aggregation achievements:

• Bulk SMS and SMS Gateway services (February 2015): 20.5%
• Client devices (desktops, servers, tablets etc – March 2015): estimated 10-15%

02-03-15    Technology

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