NHS Commissioning relates to the planning and purchasing of NHS services to meet the demands of the local and national population.
In the last decade, NHS commissioning has undergone massive change through multiple healthcare bills passed by successive governments. These changes, which have been widely covered in the media have all worked around a single fundamental concept – that being to improve the quality of services in the most cost effective manner possible.
The changes have resulted in the decentralisation of procurement with responsibility and budgets being handed to smaller local consortia or Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG’s). Whilst local consortia of GP’s and primary care givers have existed for many years, the scale of the commissioning they are now undertaken has grown significantly requiring a completely different skillset and knowledge of procurement best practice.
This is where Veritas can help. We have worked in and alongside the NHS since our inception in 2007 providing best practice advice on procuring services and introducing best value purchasing – which is not the same as the cheapest!
Our consultants have worked in both the private and public sectors and experienced procurement techniques on both sides, giving them a unique perspective which they bring to bear on projects. We understand that NHS commissioning typically has to deliver an improved quality of service, faster lead times and best value but most importantly create a service which is fit for purpose.
At Veritas we take a patient centric approach to procurement which ensure any service we procure or commission is absolutely fit for purpose. Once this is cemented in place the job of procuring the goods and services required in a competitive, cost effective manner can begin ensuring patient centred, best value and best practice work hand in hand.
To discuss best practice NHS commissioning and procurement for your CCG, please contact us today.