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Procurement Team

Welcome to the Procurement team webpage

The Procurement team is based at the Whitehouse, Peterlee and employed by County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust under the Operated Healthcare Facility (OHF) NHS CDD Services. The team provides a procurement service to County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, Tees Esk and Wear NHS Foundation Trust and a transactional purchasing service to Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

NHS CDD Services is committed to providing a professional procurement and purchasing service to all our users. The primary objective of the buying function is the delivery of individual Trusts procurement objectives and targets within the current financial year.        
Contracting and contract monitoring are two of the core functions of the team and to assist with this process users are involved at the initial stages of product / product groups selection and standardisation programmes. This involves the formation of user groups and evaluation teams so that the right product / service are procured which assists in improving patient health care.

All of the team have undergone specialist training in procurement and they use these skills when negotiating with suppliers in order to achieve best value money contracts and purchases on behalf of the Trusts.

The team will investigate any areas of product / service expenditure suggested by staff and instigate clinical trials / evaluations where appropriate in order to achieve standardisation and rationalisation of products / services.

Some of the ranges of services and advice:

• Tender process - European Directives, NHS Legislation, National and Local Audit requirements
• Quotations
• Adherence to Trusts Standing Financial Instructions
• Contracting / Price agreements
• Contract Management / Monitoring
• Chair User Groups - arrange Trials / Evaluations 
• Project management
• Product / service advice
• Electronic Catalogues of commonly used products
• Electronic Templates of commonly used products
• Supplier Monitoring
• New product areas - participation in local, national initiatives
• Reports on spend / usage analysis
• Specialist Procurement Knowledge and Information.


To contact a member of the Procurement team, see the links on the main procurement page.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham