The Trust provides a full range of district general services, including an accident and emergency department and five community hospitals, to a population of around 250,000.

“Procura worked with my team in developing spend analysis on non-pay expenditure, identifying targets for savings, and producing a prioritised work plan for savings delivery”
Louise Brereton, Head of Procurement & Logistics

Dorset County Hospital has approximately 400 beds, seven main theatres and two day theatres.


The scope covered all non-pay expenditure at the Trust including clinical, non-clinical, estates and IT.

The approach considers both a qualitative and quantitative assessment;

  • All Trust transaction data extracted, cleansed and categorised using NHS eClass
  • Interviews with procurement team and stakeholders to assess the context of expenditure and the savings opportunity

The Procurement Opportunity Assessment provided the Trust with a number of key deliverables to meet their objectives of delivering cost savings and efficiencies whilst meeting Department of Health and Carter challenges on procurement:

  • Spend analytics providing complete transparency of non-pay spend in terms of spend, categories, suppliers and purchasing responsibilities
  • Savings opportunities identified and prioritised
  • A sourcing strategy for each savings initiative
  • Prioritised sourcing work plan to deliver the savings
  • Assessment of procurement function capability against NHS Standards of Procurement
  • Recommendations into Procurement Transformation Plan to meet Carter Report challenges
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