Pharmacy Model

The Hub's pharmacy model covers the East of England region and we currently have 40 member trusts.  Our current members include acute hospitals, clinical commissioning groups, mental health partnerships, community health trusts and GP Federation.  We recognise that there are defined needs for our different cohorts of members and therefore have distinct work plans covering; clinical commissioning groups, community and mental health trusts and acute trusts.  Our work plans are aligned to our member’s medicines optimisation priorities and procurement needs.

We have partnership arrangements with other NHS providers of pharmacy procurement services and are open to welcoming new members on board.  Collaborative working broadens our work plans and helps our member trusts achieve further benefits through economies of scales and value added services.

We offer a wide range of procurement related services:

  • Multi/single supplier framework agreements
  • Contracts
  • Exclusive Preferential Pricing Agreements
  • Procurement Strategy Development
  • Commissioning Support
  • Service re-design
  • Product/lifecycle costing analysis

Scope of the Pharmacy Category 

  • Procurement of pharmacy services, items and medical devices adhering to EU regulations and timescales
  • Contract monitoring and management
  • Collaborative engagement and working with buyers and suppliers to match demand and supply within the pharmacy markets
  • Regional project support on complex projects such as interface issues affecting primary, acute, community and mental health care.
  • Specialist advice and support service on pharmacy procurement issues to member trusts and industry
  • Benchmarking and analysis of pharmacy market data on a regional/national scale.
  • Provision of a wide range of data sets encompassing a number of routes of supply
  • Educational support and training to member trusts
  • Host to the East of England Centralised Homecare Governance Model
  • Support to SMEs and emerging organisations with market entry and routes to supply

Market management

We pride ourselves on the strong relationships we hold with industry and the time we dedicate to maintaining these positive relationships.  Contract monitoring and management is pivotal to our model and we work closely with both member trusts and industry to ensure that markets are managed effectively and contracts deliver best value outcome for customers and suppliers.  We encourage and actively promote innovation through our contracts to ensure mutual benefit to our member trusts and industry partners.

We host regular seminars aimed at strengthening these relationships and sharing best pharmacy procurement practice on a wider scale.  This attracts good attendance and is a prime opportunity for networking and sharing learning with key personnel.

The pharmacy category works collaboratively with a number of organisations and networks including but not limited to;

The Hub also hosts a number of sourcing groups for high interest areas.

  • Homecare Services
  • Tissue Viability Network

Pharmacy contracts

Pharmacy contracts currently in place include:

  • Blood Glucose Monitoring and Ketone Testing
  • Cleanroom Consumables and Laundering Services
  • Drug Testing Kits
  • Enteral Feeds
  • Homecare Medicines Services
  • Homecare Services- Injectable Chemotherapy
  • Home delivery of intravenous and sub-cutaneous immunoglobulin
  • Medical Gas Cylinder
  • Medical Liquid Oxygen
  • Overlabelled Packs
  • Parenteral Nutrition
  • Pharmaceutical Wholesaler Services
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Topical Negative Pressure
  • Contrast Media, Injectors and associated consumables

We also hold pricing agreements for the following products:

  • Pharmaceutical Packaging
  • Heparin Flushing Solutions
  • Wound care
  • Hosiery
  • Continence

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