Delivering the vision set out in the NHS Long Term Plan will require new models of care that drive integration and provide sustainable health services. Procurement and commercial services must align with the current EU regulatory frameworks for public sector purchasing, while simultaneously enabling your organisation to work through ‘best value’ tests that will provide the foundations for transformational change.
STPs will provide the vision and strategy required to transform local healthcare, while nationally, NHS England must continue to deliver efficiency and innovation for directly commissioned services. Our procurement and commercial solutions support both regional and national programmes and are driven by four objectives:
• Improving health and wellbeing via innovation in how services are delivered
• Driving collaboration, integrated working and shared rewards
• Securing the best outcomes and experience for patients
• Optimising value for every pound spent for both patients and the taxpayer.
Our multi award-winning team has a proven track record in delivering complex projects for both local and national initiatives. Our solutions provide a roadmap, underpinned by tools, work process methodology and governance that ensures commissioning plans are successfully delivered. This includes a unique Seven Step Strategic Sourcing Model used to safely deliver a range of programmes, including working towards the appointment of the first integrated care provider (ICP).
Arden & GEM has been recognised by the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Excellence Programme, in recognition of our delivery of efficient, high quality services. We are also working collaboratively with our clients to develop a ‘best value’ tool set that will enable commissioners to achieve the most cost-effective solutions while making best use of the current system.
We deliver end-to end procurement and commercial solutions, or modular services that can dovetail with your existing resource. Our core services include:
Market assessment and development
Our thorough market assessments provide invaluable understanding of how the supply market works, the direction in which the market is going, capacity, competitiveness and key suppliers. This informs strategy, and the tendering process, and enables delivery of an intervention that meets the needs of patients and the wider system.
We deliver a comprehensive range of pre-procurement activities that lay the foundations for your purchasing activities and reduce the risks associated with complex change. We provide high level strategic advice, including legal and regulatory, to ensure you remain safe, compliant and adopt an intervention that removes wasted procurement costs and fragmented service provision.
From large scale national procurement programmes, to bespoke local projects, to Any Qualified Provider (AQP) arrangements, we have unrivalled experience that draws on cross-sector expertise spanning health and social care systems. We can design and implement an optimal market intervention that maximises opportunities under the current regulatory frameworks and delivers a cost effective, value driven intervention.
We provide comprehensive management of the implementation of new services. Following the award of the contract we work across all stakeholders to identify and manage risks, create shared understanding of responsibilities, create realistic plans and finalise all administrative details.
The drive towards system integration has created an upsurge in collaborative contracting. Our extensive experience of implementing collaborative contractual models includes prime contract, prime provider contract and alliance contract arrangements, and supports clients to improve performance and deliver savings. Our service ensures that contracts perform within the defined outcomes and that activity levels are aligned to the planned out-turn.
Recognising the move towards integrated care systems, and care being provided in different settings, we have developed sector specific expertise in category management. We can help you to manage markets, and capacity, to ensure care can be delivered effectively and in line with your strategic aims. Our services provide the opportunity for greater collaboration, a contracts database for effective benchmarking and the potential to unlock considerable cost benefits.
Spend analytics and contract management
We provide commissioners and health systems with transparency for every pound spent, including visibility of both clinical and non-clinical activities. With a move towards greater CCG collaboration, this offers the opportunity to manage current contracts throughout their lifecycle to deliver both improvements and efficiency.
As health systems evolve, our innovative procurement and commercial solutions will continue to ensure delivery of high quality, affordable care.
We would welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with you to develop interventions that can remove wasted procurement costs, eliminate fragmented provision and deliver best value for your population.
Arden & GEM's multi-award winning procurement and commercial solutions are already improving patient services and delivering efficiency. Find out more by accessing the resources below.
Neli Garbuzanova, Senior Procurement Manager at Arden & GEM, explains how early strategic use of procurement can benefit specialised commissioning in this latest article for Specialised Commissioning journal.
Arden & GEM’s award-winning procurement team was selected to work in close partnership with NHS England, clinical experts and patient representatives to award a three-year contract to establish an Auditory Brain Implantation service to enable profoundly deaf children to hear.
The Arden & GEM procurement team has been successfully shortlisted in two categories for the CIPS Supply Management Awards 2019.
Arden & GEM’s procurement team has worked in partnership with NHS England Highly Specialised Commissioning to successfully appoint specialist centres to provide a cutting-edge surgery for children who are deaf, by inserting auditory brainstem implants into the brain.
In order to support 3,300 people, throughout the West Midlands, to find employment; health and care organisations are collaborating on a ground-breaking randomised controlled trial – the ‘Thrive into Work’ programme. Arden & GEM’s procurement team was tasked with finding providers for the programme, who could support individuals across this broad geography.
Arden & GEM is delighted to have been named as a finalist at the UK National Go Public Procurement Awards 2019/20 in the ‘Social and Community Benefit in Procurement’ category.
The Arden & GEM procurement team has been highly commended at the HSJ Value Awards in the Financial or Procurement Initiative of the Year category.
Through a successful collaboration with NHS England Specialised Commissioning, Arden & GEM’s award winning procurement team developed and delivered a process which will ensure the public is protected in the event of HCIDs through a high quality, family centred and value for money service.
The Chartered institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) has awarded NHS Arden & GEM, a Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) working across the health and care sector in England, standard level in the Procurement Excellence Programme (PEP).
Arden & GEM’s primary care procurement specialists worked in collaboration with NHS England North Midlands, Cannock Chase CCG and South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsula CCG, to run a complex procurement process to appoint three providers to deliver high quality, patient centred, value for money services.
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