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Updates from NHS London Procurement Partnership 19th June 2015

Building Materials and Associated Consumables framework now live
Open to all public sector organisations, this framework is effectively a 'one stop shop' for materials and awards can be by Lot or as a Managed Service. Catalogues can be put into e-tendering systems to help manage ordering processes and reporting. Various payment mechanisms have been built in.
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Agency and Consultancy rate caps: don't go off-framework, stand firm
Like you, we are awaiting the detail around the announcements which have been coming from NHS England, Simon Stevens, the DH, Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority. In essence we are looking at a ceiling put on agency spend; a shift-based or day/hourly rate-cap, and approval for all consultancy contracts over £50k.

As soon as we see the detail, we will let you know what the impact will be on your organisation, and how we can help. In the meantime there are, with reference to agency staffing, three steps that will get this process underway:

1.    Ensure you only use agencies on a framework such as LPP's for your temporary staffing needs, ensuring that the rates agencies charge are framework rates
2.    Ensure you communicate that decision to all agencies you use, stating too that if they wish to continue being a supplier to your organisation, they will need to abide by the imposition of the soon-to-be-announced caps; and
3.     Ensure your staffing team is familiar with the new DH NHS Staffing Toolkit

If you go 'off framework' and pay more than framework rates, that puts pressure on your neighbouring organisations which then have to pay more to fill their own vacancies. If every organisation holds firm, we can get a hold on pricing.
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Free support for software licensing issues
If you are:
  • approaching your Licence renewal date? 
  • contemplating a new software estate strategy - EA, PSA12 to CTA or Hybrid? 
  • wondering if you are getting the right deal from your software reseller/agent? 
  • worried about your effective licensing position (ELP), unsure when you might get that knock on the door?
  • considering the impact of your IT roadmap on existing and future licenses?
Whatever the event, LPP's Technology team is here to help. Please contact Tony Nwagbolu or call him on 02071886939. Tony can arrange free support to help you yield efficiencies, eliminate common pitfalls and unnecessary waste.
Latest LPP appointments
Tom Wynne, currently Medical, Surgical and Supply Chain Workstream Lead, will take over as Senior Workstream Lead when Marc Osborne retires in August. After two years of secondment to LPP, Glenn Harley has now been successfully appointed to the substantive post of Senior Pharmacist and Lead for Mental Health. Congratulations to you both.
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Call for nominations: 
chair of new combined LPP stakeholder boards

A reminder that nominations are sought for the position of chair of a new combined board to include all types of member organisation. Meetings are held every two months, with lunch provided. Could everyone who attends kindly nominate one member of the board by close of play TODAY, Friday 19th June.  The next meeting is July 13th. Please contact Trish Hardy with your nomination.

Tuesday a.m: my.lpp will be unavailable

The my.lpp portal will be unavailable on the morning of 23rd June while the LPP Technology team migrates its systems to new infrastructure.

The main LPP website will still be available although it won’t be possible to log in to the secure areas.
As well as ensuring that the systems are running on software that meets current security standards this will also provide a more powerful platform to cope with the increase in system usage and volumes of data that LPP is collecting and reporting on. Notification will be given on the home page of the website when the work is completed. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Events & workshops:

Procure 4 Health

will take place on 9th July in Birmingham, and is a one-day event free to NHS procurement professionals. There are also 20 free tickets for LPP suppliers. A reduced delegate rate of £75 is available to non-NHS using the code PARSB75.  Register here.
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LPP is a membership organisation run by and on behalf of its NHS members. Our email address is lpp.comms@nhs.net and our website is at www.lpp.nhs.uk
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