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Procurement & Distribution Interest Group Symposium 10 th June 2010. Beth Loudon – Business Development Manager. What is the NHS Commercial Medicines Unit? What is our role and governance? What is a Commercial Support Unit (CSU) and what is its potential role in medicines management?

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procurement distribution interest group symposium 10 th june 2010

Procurement & Distribution Interest Group Symposium10th June 2010

Beth Loudon – Business Development Manager

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What is the NHS Commercial Medicines Unit?
  • What is our role and governance?
  • What is a Commercial Support Unit (CSU) and what is its potential role in medicines management?
  • How is the procurement landscape developing for medicines management?
nhs cmu who
NHS CMU – Who?
  • A team within PICD (Procurement, Investment and Commercial Division) at Department of Health from 1st January 2010.
  • Previously Pharmacy Directorate of NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency, roles and responsibilities remain unchanged.
  • Teams in Reading and Runcorn and 11 Homeworkers

Core purpose is to:

  • deliver efficiencies for the NHS and DH in the procurement of medicines
  • support purchasing for safety of those medicines
  • ensure an efficient and effective supply chain of medicines to the patient.
efficiency
Efficiency

We deliver efficiencies through:

  • the delivery of national and regional contracts for medicines for secondary care in the NHS
  • the delivery of best value on all DH central procurement of medicines, including vaccines and flu pandemic products
  • the use of our unique national spend and usage data collection system, to provide information and analysis to identify efficiency opportunities available to the NHS and DH, and to support them in measuring and reporting on those efficiencies
  • the offer of supply chain efficiency opportunities to the NHS e.g. improvements in purchase-to-pay systems
safety
Safety

We support purchasing for safety of those medicines through:

  • a bespoke quality control system (PharmaQC) which provides a route from supplier to pharmacist for product safety and quality information
  • working closely with the national QC group to ensure all contracted products have been QC approved
  • ensuring safety considerations are a core criteria in the design and award of our contracts
  • close relationships with the National Patient Safety Agency to ensure that we are supporting the DH in the implementation of policy
  • the use of our professional networks and communication routes to ensure that secondary care pharmacists are instantly aware of any safety alerts
supply chain
Supply chain

We ensure an efficient and effective supply chain of medicines to the patient through:

  • arranging the storage and distribution for centrally procured medicines
  • analysing the national usage data to forecast and plan for shortages in partnership with the Medicines and Pharmaceuticals Industry Group (MPIG)
  • the use of our relationships with industry to influence the supply chain of medicines and their raw materials, to ensure that we can scenario plan for shortages and put contingencies in place
what are commercial support units csu
What are Commercial Support Units (CSU)?
  • Set up in each region and began operating from April 2010
  • Aim is to build commercial skills within the NHS by improving commercial acumen and enabling the NHS to drive up quality and facilitate efficient use of resources
  • They will work with established local structures to determine the best collaborative approach to meet the commercial requirement.
the csu national pharmacy workstream
The CSU National Pharmacy Workstream
  • To address the following key questions:

-What are the gaps in the provision of support for achieving optimal commercial effectiveness in the use of pharmaceuticals?

-How could a CSU deliver services to fill these gaps?

  • Work has been undertaken in 4 regions (London, South Central, West Midlands and North West) to support SHA and CSU leads  in developing greater insight and guidance on the role of CSUs in enabling commercially effective use of pharmaceuticals.
  • Key stakeholders were identified in each region and 1-2-1 interviews were carried out with a workshop to follow up.
  • Output is in final draft under consultation
how is the procurement landscape changing
How is the procurement landscape changing?
  • Increased emphasis on commercial rather than procurement tasks and activities
  • Skills required beyond traditional procurement
  • Increasing efficiency targets leading to…
  • Increased pressure on the procurement function
  • More appetite for radical solutions