The Lifecycle Briefing – February 2023


The Lifecycle Briefing is a monthly update on the news our Lifecyclers have been reading recently. In case you missed some of the big stories, here is a selection of the most interesting things we found on the web last month.

NHS ‘notoriously bad’ at managing contracts, says procurement chief (HSJ)

NHS trusts are ‘notoriously bad’ at managing their contracts with suppliers, according to a former Department of Health and Social Care official who is now setting up a large-scale procurement team.

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Inflation in the NHS: How do we better allocate capital funding? (Open Access Government)

Rising costs of living severely affect the NHS and the health sector, but can efficient capital funding mitigate soaring inflation?

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NHS England: Building a Commercial Community (Procurement)

A new digital report from NHS England explores building a commercial community through the NHS Central Commercial Function.

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NHS Demands Carbon Reduction Plans from Bidders (Procurement with Purpose)

It is a couple of years since the UK government announced that for major central government contracts, firms bidding would have to produce a carbon net zero plan and data showing current emissions. Now the NHS has followed the lead and mimicked the same policy.

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Medical Technology Strategy (Department of Health & Social Care)

The Department of Health & Social Care has set out its Medical Technology Strategy.

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Congratulations to all new movers last month!

HCSA appoints Matthew Swindells as President – Read more
Dr Ewen Cameron appointed CEO at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust – Read more
Professor Meghana Pandit appointed CEO at Oxfordshire University Hospitals – Read more

In Lifecycle news

Employee Spotlight: Jan tests the market and generates savings on a VMware contract renewal for a hospital in the south east. Read more
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust retains Lifecycle. Read more

Can we help?

If you’d like to discuss how we can help you improve the procurement and whole-life management of your contracts call Jonathan Elsmore-Wickens, on 07979 495986, or complete the form and we will get in touch.