The ‘Collaborative Procurement Survey’ has been live now for over a month and the purpose of collating the data is to get a complete picture of NHS funded electronic resources procurement across the NHS in England (not print or eJournals). We’d like to know what you purchase, how you purchase and how it is funded. The information provided will allow us to negotiate with suppliers to provide better deals for collaborative procurement, ensuring we are providing a return on investment and better value for money. If you already purchase as part of a collaborative agreement, please provide details in the comments box for each question. Alternatively, if your area already has this data collated then please send the compiled data to HEEE.K4H@nhs.net.
Thanks to everyone who has completed the survey so far, that’s 106 services!
|Health Education West Midlands
|Health Education East Midlands
|Health Education East of England
|Health Education South West
|Health Education Thames Valley
|Health Education North West London
|Health Education South London
|Health Education North West
|Health Education Yorkshire and Humber
|Health Education North East
|Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex
|Health Education North Central and East London
|Health Education Wessex
*EoE are in the procurement process and will respond in due course.
I know a few have yet to complete it so we’ve decided to extend the deadline to Friday 20th May 2016. To view the survey before completing it, use the preview link. Once you ‘ve collated all your information, use this link to complete the survey.
The next step will be to analyse the data from the survey and work with three suppliers to explore a collaborative procurement model across the country. If you have the skill and capacity to do some analysis then please let me know and don’t hesitate to contact me should you have any questions about the survey HEEE.K4H@nhs.net.
Collaborative Procurement T&F Group Chair
November 16, 2015, Knowledge for Healthcare Authentication Task and Finish Group, Stewart House, London.
On a beautiful November day a group of people from NICE, HEE, the NHS and JISC met in Stewart House across the road from the little park in Russell Square (the park has a really lovely café run by an Italian family and you can sit out and watch the squirrels in the middle of London!).
We came together to talk about how to make it as easy as possible for NHS staff to get into all the articles and databases and books and the as yet undreamt of apps and resources of the future. These tools of Evidence Based Practice have been paid for ultimately by the state. However, it comes as no surprise to those involved in provision, that ensuring ease of access to the goods can be difficult !
- How can we mandate IT managers in every NHS Trust to use the same, up to date browsers, firewall white lists and allowable electronic resources?
- How do we ensure we can all use a super-fast, wide open bandwidth to do the same?
- How do we standardise, streamline and make transparent all routes to all paid for resources?
The answer is – we can’t! However, in the absence of the equivalent of a lottery win, what we can do is create a group that reflects on and draws upon best practice across the NHS in England, integrating suppliers and technology strands to create the best rope bridges to allow our readers to cross over to the promised treasure chest of gold standard evidence that is theirs for the asking. And so we begin … “ Knock, Knock … may we come in?”
We are – Sarah Massey (NHS/Chair), Linda Mace-Michalik (NHS), Hannah Prince (NHS), Helga Perry (NHS), Richard Osborn (HEE), Moira Godbert Laird (NICE), Michael Heath (NICE) and Josh Howlett (JISC).
We have set ourselves the following tasks – draw up Terms of reference; identify stakeholders and communications; scope current methods of access; understand the current NHS network spine; pilot improved access routes; create a risk log; assist in AIMS reprocurement and developments of the openathens registration form
Richard Osborn, London Strategic Lead for Library Services and e-Learning, outlined the resource discovery strand of work for delivering the Knowledge for Healthcare Framework (KfH) at the recent event ‘Resource Discovery Tools for Health Libraries’ on 11st September 2015.
This national event was organised by the Midlands Health Libraries E-Procurement Group in conjunction with HEE Library and Knowledge Services Leads and NICE. Approximately 80 healthcare librarians from NHS and other sectors attended. Several libraries shared their experience in implementing resource discovery services and suppliers showcased their latest products. There was also a lively panel discussion.
This event forms part of KfH work in exploring the existing landscape of resource discovery tools. Further information is available at
Bertha Yuen Man LOW
Education Development Programme Manager
Health Education West Midlands