Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust targets non-pay saving programme through spend analysis and procurement opportunity assessment



  • 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.
  • 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