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Delivering savings for PPS, an NHS Shared Procurement Service

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Partners Procurement Service, an NHS shared service with over £600m in influenceable spend engaged Ayming to design and co-deliver a savings programme as part of a service-wide transformation. 



The context

As a recently formed procurement shared service, PPS faced the challenge of managing the integration of five organisations, providing best-in-class customer service and delivering sustainable cost savings for the different member Trusts.

Ayming was engaged to conduct a holistic procurement diagnostic with a focus on identifying and subsequently delivering savings across the Truts. Furthermore, to develop and embed improved procurement processes leading to higher customer satisfaction.

Our contribution/mission

  • We carefully assessed PPS’s ways-of-working against best practice to inform the short, mid and long term strategy. In parallel, we engaged with 100+ stakeholders across the different trusts and functional areas (clinical and non-clinical) to discuss and identify cost savings opportunities.
  • Beyond the diagnostic phase, we worked in cross functional teams to deliver savings and operational improvements across a wide-range of clinical and non-clinical categories such as teleradiology, telecoms, couriers and clinical consumables.
  • In parallel, we delivered through our Procurement Academy to members of PPS on strategic procurement and category management.
Ayming brought a high level of sourcing and category management expertise, combined with excellent stakeholder engagement capabilities. We operate in a complex environment but the team successfully managed to drive change, deliver savings and increase cross-Trust collaboration
Mick Corti, Director


The results obtained

The programme delivered double-digit % savings on key categories addressed.

Moreover, our robust PMO and change management initiatives successfully improved cross-trust collaboration and strongly supported PPS’s overall transformation.

Our client

The Partners Procurement Service (PPS)

The Partners Procurement Service (PPS) is a collaboration between a number of NHS trusts to deliver high quality and cost effective procurement and logistics services for the participating partners, who equally own the service.