Overcoming procurement challenges in local authority and NHS stop smoking programmes

In the UK, local authorities and the NHS play a crucial role in helping individuals quit smoking through a variety of stop smoking interventions.

Despite the best intentions and efforts of these organisations, they often face challenges related to the procurement of products and services for their stop smoking programmes. In this blog, we explore some of the common issues surrounding non-compliance in procurement:

1. Budget Constraints

One of the most common challenges faced by local authorities and the NHS is budget limitations. With limited resources available, it can be difficult to acquire adequate supplies of stop smoking products and offer a comprehensive range of services.

2. Procurement Regulations

Strict procurement regulations can make it difficult for local authorities and the NHS to acquire the products they need for their stop smoking programmes. These regulations may limit the range of available products or cause delays in the procurement process.

3. Product Quality Concerns

Concerns about the quality, or efficacy of certain products can hinder procurement efforts.

4. Manufacturer Restrictions

Some manufacturers may have exclusive contracts or distribution arrangements that limit the availability of their products to certain providers or programmes.

5. Lack of Awareness or Training

Healthcare professionals may not be fully aware of all available products and their suitability for different patient populations, leading to suboptimal procurement decisions.

As a supplier on the Crown Commercial Services Tail Spend Solution framework (RM6202), OT Group provides a comprehensive, compliant procurement route for local authorities and the NHS to overcome challenges related to stop smoking programme procurement. By offering a wide range of vaping products, guidance, and resources, we can help healthcare providers improve the chances of success for individuals looking to quit smoking while ensuring procurement compliance and cost-effectiveness.

This new category is an exciting addition to our comprehensive tail spend product range, which includes over 1 million products, from medical supplies, catering and janitorial products, electrical equipment; to occupational safety, tools and technology.

Crown Commercial Service supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2021/22, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.8 billion – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

To find out more, visit http://www.otgroupltd.co.uk/vaping-solutions



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