The Procurement Department has developed a collaboration model. This model allows the Trust to remain independent to utilise its own buying expertise to offer the market true commitment. Where applicable the Trust can collaborate with other organisations to leverage an economy of scale, using multiple collaborative bodies allows the Trust to select its partners dependent on the portfolio it wishes to buy.
Countess' Collaborative Partners
North West Purchasing Consortium
The Countess of Chester's Director of Commercial Procurement Services, Andrew O'Connor, is the current chair of the regional collaborative purchasing consortium of NHS Trusts, the North West Purchasing Consortium (NWPC).
The NWPC undertake a variety of collaborative procurement exercises, with members opting in to projects which suit their specific requirements. NWPC also qualify for commitment rebates offered through NHS Supply Chain, offering true commitment to the marketplace.
NWPC consists of the following Trusts:
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Trust
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Liverpool & Broadgreen University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Wirral University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Supply Chain
The Countess of Chester facilitate a number of its collaborative agreements through NHS Supply Chain.
The Countess of Chester has facilitated a number of bespoke collaborations and is actively seeking partners to undertake strategic procurement exercises with. Historically Collaborations within the NHS have been undertaken regionally but the Countess firmly believes that geographic boundaries should not constrain collaborative opportunities if it shares a common goal with another organisation further afield.
The Countess of Chester has worked with Trusts such as Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust and Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust
Government Procurement Service
The Countess engages in pan-Government collaborations through the utilisation of Government Procurement Service Framework agreements.