This programme is all about improving the medicines supply chain serving six the WYAAT hospital trusts and three partner hospital trusts.
The work includes reducing operational costs, managing supply chain risk, driving forward innovation and making sure the medicines supply chain is able to meet future challenges and demands. This project builds on existing collaboration between pharmacy services within the nine trusts, and will act as a stepping stone to future opportunities which will only be achievable through a shared approach.
This project began in early 2017, with the nine hospital trusts forming a project board to explore ways in which a shared medicines supply chain could work. This work led to a detailed specification and a supporting outline business case, which was approved by the Committee in Common in August 2017. Work then began on developing a partnership with a commercial organisation, which involved a multi-stage tendering process. A number of commercial organisations took part in this process, and the intention is to identify one commercial organisation the NHS will work with.