Publish date: 8 December 2022

CEO of NHS Supply Chain visits LPC site


Andrew New, CEO of NHS Supply Chain, visited Royal Blackburn Hospital on Thursday 8th September 2022 where he was met by representatives from the LPC's Procurement and Logistics and Supply Chain departments.

There were open discussions throughout the day while going through the agenda and one thing that was apparent was Andrew New’s knowledge and understanding of our current strategy and future goals. But what was really refreshing was Andrew’s open and honest answers to the questions that were raised throughout the day.

Andrew left the audience feeling excited about the future collaboration with NHS Supply Chain. We know that some of these will take some time to come to fruition but with the upcoming closure of Runcorn to Gorsey Point, which is three times the size of Runcorn, it will definitely bring some needed benefits to our region. This site will also be managed by Blue Yonder (warehouse management system) which will enable better interaction for our end users using NHS Supply Chain.

Andrew took time to see the outstanding work that has already took place in the Theatres at Blackburn. Visiting the main theatre store, to see Ingenica and our Scan 4 Safety programme in action. In particular embracing the model of releasing clinical time back to patient care and very interested in how he could help push this further.

We offered our services to do some future collaborative working with NHS Supply Chain. With the hard work that has been done throughout the hospital sites this puts us in a good position to work with NHS Supply Chain for them and us to achieve our future goals. A number of projects were discussed that would benefit our sites which we look forward to participating in with Andrew's team. Most notably we discussed further integration between our existing stock management system and Blue Yonder to bring about numerous ordering efficiencies, the potential to look at NHS Supply chain involvement in Consignment stock and loan kits and an innovative approach to Blue Diamond order management which could significantly reduce product lead times.

To sum up the visit of Andrew New was very positive, and we look forward to our continued working relationship with NHS Supply Chain.