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Should we receive professional procurement training?. Matt Condon Pharmacy Procurement Manager PDIG Autumn Symposium Thursday, 11 th November 2010. Drivers for pharmacy professional procurement training. Challenging financial climate

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Should we receive professional procurement training

Should we receive professional procurement training?

Matt Condon

Pharmacy Procurement Manager

PDIGAutumn Symposium

Thursday, 11th November 2010

Drivers for pharmacy professional procurement training

Drivers for pharmacy professional procurement training

  • Challenging financial climate

  • Need for cost effective treatments and efficient operations

  • Increased public expectations

  • Adherence to public procurement legislation

  • Mitigation of the risk of supply failures

  • Stakeholder engagement on medicines management and therapeutic tendering

Cips procurement qualifications

CIPS Procurement Qualifications

  • ‘Ladder’ of qualifications

  • Six levels of qualifications, ranging from Level 2 to Level 7

  • Level 3 – entry point for UK students new to the profession

  • Level 6 - degree level resulting in full membership of CIPS

Routes of study

Routes of Study

  • Part-time classes at a local university

  • Private providers

  • Distance learning

  • Modular training programmes

  • Flexible learning programmes


  • NVQ Level 4 in materials management

Foundation level subjects

Foundation Level Subjects

  • Effective negotiation in purchasing and supply

  • Developing contracts in purchasing and supply

  • Measuring purchasing performance

  • Managing purchasing and supply relationships

  • Purchasing contexts

Advanced diploma subjects

Advanced Diploma Subjects

  • Mandatory Core units:

  • Management in the purchasing function

  • Risk management and supply chain vulnerability

  • Improving supply chain performance

  • Followed by 2 Optional Units:

  • Marketing for purchasers

  • Operations management in the supply chain

  • Storage and distribution

  • The machinery of government

  • Contracting in the public sector  

  • Sustainable procurement

Graduate diploma subjects

Graduate Diploma Subjects

  • Core units:

  • Leading and influencing in purchasing

  • Strategic supply chain management

  • Supply chain management in practice

  • Optional units:

  • Legal aspects in purchasing and supply

  • Advanced project management

  • Finance for purchasers

  • Strategic public sector programme management

  • Public sector stakeholders and governance

Performance outcomes

Performance Outcomes

  • Influence and optimise the internal and external flow of medicines.

  • Improve resource utilisation.

  • Ensure value for money.

  • Add value through effective, transparent procurement and contract management.

  • Facilitate cross functional communication and team working.

  • Evidence procurement performance through savings costs and benchmarking

Performance outcomes cont

Performance Outcomes (cont)

  • Develop and implement strategies and polices.

  • Effectively negotiate for the desired outcomes.

  • Ensure public procurement legislation is adhered to.

  • Foster productive relationships with suppliers.

  • Lead and motivate teams.

  • Successfully undertake and deliver on projects.

  • Challenge conventional thinking and stimulate innovation.

Pdig educational support

PDIG Educational Support

Key Aims:

  • Educating all stakeholders in the medicines supply chain.

  • Promote development of the relevant skills and knowledge of staff involved in pharmacy procurement.


  • Funding for a limited number of applicants to study for CIPS membership

Pdig training beneficiaries

PDIG Training Beneficiaries

  • 24 Candidates have received benefits from PDIG with support from Alliance Pharmaceuticals and Meda Pharmaceuticals.

  • Flexible support for complete levels or individual units.

  • Application process for funding is usually distributed through the regional specialist procurement pharmacists.

Pdig educational support1

PDIG Educational Support


  • Currently and permanently employed by the NHS.

  • Working within a Pharmacy supply chain role.


  • Special incentive on completion of studies.

Pdig study incentive award

PDIG Study Incentive Award



  • Complement clinical knowledge with procurement skills

  • Collaborative commercial outlook with best practice

  • Ability to lead and innovate

  • Focus on value



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