As commissioners of healthcare services NHS Sheffield has a clear responsibility to ensure we make decisions and commission services that meet the needs of our population. Services have to be affordable within the limits of the available resources, with emphasis on the quality of outcome, rather than the quantity of provision.
NHS Sheffield is committed to reducing health inequalities, delivering measurable population health benefits, improved patient experience and ease of access. Provision of health services within Sheffield should be convenient, timely, consistent and delivered in a way that is sustainable in the longer term.
A ‘business as usual’ approach to the commissioning and procurement of healthcare services will fail to secure better outcomes and value for money. Changes to the roles of hospitals, and a shift to primary care leading and delivering more services in a community based setting, will require NHS Sheffield to work closely with all providers, including new providers.
There are limits on the resources available, and we have to be able to demonstrate we are achieving value for money for our investments. We have determined to adopt a systematic, evidence based approach to identifying and delivering commissioning priorities. We will review the services we need to commission and identify opportunities to improve efficiency, extend choice and access, and improve the quality of outcomes and patient experience.
Generating momentum, delivery of completed projects, and stakeholder engagement are key. Rigorous and transparent procurement processes will deliver viable and affordable services within defined timescales. We will actively develop the local health economy in as a vibrant market place for healthcare provision will encourage innovation, drive up quality, and allow us to clearly demonstrate value for money.
This site contains details on NHS Sheffield’s procurement strategy, processes and procurements. Follow the links below for further information or contact the Healthcare Procurement Team:
T: 0114 305 1279