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To make it easier for the NHS to put patients first

NHS Supply Chain recognise that to achieve this ambition, they need to become better connected with partners, to ensure services align to the expectations and needs of the NHS.


The strategy of NHS Supply Chain is to:


Buy smart

Embed commercial excellence to drive innovation and savings.


Supply right

Strengthen resilience through connected supply chains.


Partner expertly

Collaborate with the NHS to create healthcare value. Make it easier for the NHS to partner with us. Drive better decision making through our data strategy.

NHS Supply Chain acknowledge that day to day processes have become more complex for all stakeholders – due in part to global challenges, such as raw material shortages and disruptions to manufacturing and transport.

Guided by the strategy, NHS Supply Chain will play its part in responding to these challenges by accelerating the value we provide to frontline care, further strengthening the resilience of our supply chain, ensuring we are fully aligned to the needs of the NHS.

Working in partnership
– management function

Delivering transformation cannot be done in isolation. NHS Supply Chain works closely with NHS trusts, service providers and stakeholders to play a part in supporting the NHS.

NHS Supply Chain’s business model is underpinned by a commercially astute management function called Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL), to oversee continuous improvement of the NHS Supply Chain operating model.

This helps to ensure supply chain excellence and the delivery of value to NHS customers. NHS Supply Chain is committed to becoming the strategic procurement partner of choice for the NHS by evolving services and making them fit for the future, in line with the needs of the NHS and in a sustainable way.

NHS Supply Chain Organisation

Departments hiring

Diagnostics, Equipment & Services

Category teams provide large diagnostic equipment, products and services to the NHS enabling acute trusts, community diagnostic centres and many other NHS customers to access what they need – quickly, efficiently and compliantly. Coverage includes a range of products, equipment and managed services.​

Medical & Surgical
Patients being treated or recovering on wards require devices and consumables to complete their treatment. The category teams in Medical and Surgical Consumables focus on driving value where inflationary impact can be high, and products are often stocked within NHS Supply chain distribution centres.
Medical Technology

The Medical Technology (‘MedTech’) Category is where high cost and complex devices are category managed. Notably, large categories such as Orthopaedics and Cardiology fall within the remit of the MedTech category. The majority of devices within the MedTech category operates on an E-direct basis, meaning they are delivered directly to the customer from the supplier rather than through NHS Supply Chain warehouses.

Rehabilitation and Community

Not all NHS care is delivered within the acute hospital setting – the NHS uses many products caring for patients in Mental Health, Community Hospitals and home-based settings. The Procurement teams within the Rehab and Community category focus on getting the right products at the right price to patients in these unique environments.

Sourcing & Indirect

NHS Supply Chain has multiple framework agreements which require a particular skill set to deliver the best outcome from a sourcing process. As a result, sourcing talent has been centralised into a single team that will deliver efficient, effective and compliant centralised sourcing processes. Our mission is to establish strong partnerships with stakeholders, including clients, suppliers, and regulatory bodies, to proactively identify and mitigate risks associated with procurements. Adhering to strict compliance standards and leveraging our expertise in sourcing processes, we aim to deliver cost-effective solutions that result in significant savings for the NHS.

Supplier Relationship Management
The Supplier Relationship Management team (SRM) look after the active management of NHS Supply Chain’s suppliers to maximise value over the full relationship life cycle. By shaping the approach and process for interaction with suppliers, SRM provides a structure by which supplier relationships are defined, governed and improved to realise value in keeping with the strategic objectives of NHS Supply Chain, and for the mutual gain of both parties and improve processes and performance.

To find out more about working at NHS Supply Chain, please visit the Organisation page. To see the full list of opportunities available within this recruitment campaign, along with opening and closing dates for applications, please head straight to the Opportunities page.