@UK PLC wins contract to provide new online catalogue for NHS Supply Chain

Oct 04, 2007
• Online shopping now available to the NHS
• Easy-to-use electronic processes will reduce time taken and errors made when ordering goods

NHS Supply Chain is launching a new online catalogue that enables NHS trusts to order goods electronically and personalise their shopping experience. Called NHS-Cat, it will include all 500,000 products handled by NHS Supply Chain and replaces the existing catalogue database. This will ensure that NHS Supply Chain’s online catalogue is always up-to-date and provides full product information at the touch of a button. Suppliers will be able develop and manage their product catalogues online, significantly improving the control and timeliness of catalogue changes and giving product visibility to the entire NHS.

The online catalogue will be powered by @UKPLC, who provide eCommerce and eProcurement solutions to over 70 public sector buying organisations as well as many of the UK’ s largest suppliers. It will also provide customers with a shopping basket facility – similar to other major online retailers, which is linked to NHS Supply Chain’s ordering systems (Supply Chain OnLine and e-DC). This will enable every NHS trust across England to order goods electronically.

The NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency''s electronic catalogue - NHS eCat is available to all NHS Trusts and provides information on the Agency''s contracts. Information on the products available through the national contracts now managed by NHS Supply Chain as part of the outsourcing has been moved from NHS eCat to the NHS Supply Chain catalogue.

Roger West, Procurement Director, NHS Supply Chain, says: “This is a major step forward for the NHS as electronic processes make the ordering process easy and cost-effective - this is key for busy trusts. Suppliers can effectively showcase every aspect of their range and provide critical product updates at the touch of a button to ensure that clinical and financial information is up-to-date. Data only needs to be keyed in once by suppliers which also reduces the risk of errors, and makes transaction processes easy and cost-effective. It will significantly reduce the considerable effort currently expended by both suppliers and NHS trusts managing extensive procurement product catalogues.

Lyn Duncan, Business Development Director, @UKPLC says: “ We are delighted to have won this contract which we believe will change the eProcurement landscape within the NHS. From our experience of working with large public sector bodies, it is clear that the scale of this new service makes it the largest eProcurement project in the UK and NHS Supply Chain’s very pragmatic approach gives us confidence that it will be a resounding success. This has been evidenced in the set up phase where we have already delivered a working solution ready for roll out across the NHS.”


For further information please contact:

Lyn Duncan
Business Development Director
Tel: +44 (0)797 3506 775
E-Mail: lyn.duncan@ukplc.net

NHS Supply Chain
Sarah Jones
Head of Stakeholder Relations & Marketing Services
Tel: + 44 (0)7771 774535
E-Mail: sarah.jones@supplychain.nhs.uk

About @UK PLC

@UK PLC is a leading eMarketplace provider. @UK PLC’s software provides a secure internet eMarketplace enabling buyers such as hospitals, local authorities, schools and large private sector organisations to buy all of their goods and services online. @UK PLC is unique in providing a fully functional eTrading environment for all suppliers, from large corporations to small to medium enterprises (SMEs). @UK PLC was founded in 1999 and listed on AIM in 2005.


About NHS Supply ChainNHS Supply Chain, operated by DHL logistics, delivers customer-focused, procurement driven services to the NHS and other healthcare organisations. Overseen by the NHS Business Services Authority, its key services include:

• procurement
• logistics
• e-commerce
• customer and Supplier Support

Across the following key areas:

• theatre/surgical services
• medical
• food and facilities (including office supplies)
• clinical markets
o orthopaedics
o cardiology
o pathology
o ophthalmics
o renal
o dental
o resonance imaging

This enables health providers to achieve sustainable value, focus on patient care and control costs.

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 1,700 staff in eight locations. For further information, visit http://www.supplychain.nhs.uk.

NHS Supply Chain
HQ address
Cotes Park Industrial Estate
West Way
DE55 4QJ

Phone 01773 724000

Fax 01773 724229

Website www.supplychain.nhs.uk