Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 10 February 2023

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

10 February 2023

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Procurement and supply chain

NHS Provider Selection Regime update

The NHS Provider Selection Regime (PSR) will be a new set of rules for arranging healthcare services in England. The aim of the regime is to give decision-makers a more flexible process for deciding who should provide healthcare services, to make it easier to integrate services and enhance collaboration, and to remove the bureaucracy and cost associated with the current rules. The regime is not now expected to be in use before July 2023.

The Provider Selection Regime has been developed in response to two consultations on the regime – an NHS England PSR consultation and a Department of Health and Social Care PSR consultation. We expect more clarity on timeframes for implementation from Government to be published shortly.

Until the PSR is in force, current rules must be followed to arrange healthcare services.

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Local Partnerships' new business process mapping toolkit for procurement teams

Local Partnerships has developed a new business process mapping toolkit for local authority procurement teams. After completing some work in this area with Sandwell Council, Local Partnerships was commissioned by the Department of Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) to produce a toolkit for councils. The toolkit will help councils visualise their end-to-end procurement process, identify strengths and weaknesses and create opportunities for more efficiencies.

The toolkit also explains how to run process mapping for the whole procurement function and encourages councils to use the same techniques for any part of their procurement process. The toolkit is free and now available for all councils to use.

Download the toolkit

LGA National Procurement Strategy benchmarking diagnostic refresh – attend a focus group to have your say

Our benchmarking tool is entering into its third iteration and we are looking to make it more user-friendly and interactive. We want the next iteration to enable you to use your data much more productively – for example, to feed into action plans and reporting and allow you to focus more clearly on the priorities you and your council have set.

We’re looking for three to four more people to be involved in our focus groups which are due to be held at:

  • 2.00pm on Tuesday 28 February
  • 11.00am on Wednesday 1 March.

Please email if you would like to be involved.

Requests for information

Streamlining the process of publishing data to the Spend Data Service – complete Crown Commercial Service's Procurement Spend Data Service Research Survey

The Crown Commercial Service is currently undertaking a discovery project to explore how it can improve and streamline the process of publishing data to the Spend Data Service. The Cabinet Office is developing new tools to deliver on the Transforming Public Procurement programme’s transparency ambition, which will ultimately impact on all contracting authorities, including the local government sector.

Please take a moment to complete the short Procurement Spend Data Service Research Survey to help central Government understand how councils currently report and submit data and feed into the development of an integrated service across the whole public sector.

Adult social care workforce retention – top tips for local authorities and providers

To support retention of the adult social care workforce, Partners in Care and Health has worked with Skills for Care to produce Top tips for adult social care workforce retention. The publication is aimed at senior officers, employers or councillors with an interest in the adult social care workforce.

Energy support schemes for businesses

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has produced shareable materials and toolkits to help councils communicate the Energy Bill Relief Scheme (EBSS) for businesses and public sector organisations, to assist with rising energy costs. Councils are encouraged to share this information as appropriate.

Heat Network Efficiency Scheme – funding to upgrade existing heat networks and reduce energy

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced that old and inefficient heat networks will benefit from £32 million of Government funding to produce cheaper energy and reduce carbon emissions.

Through the newly launched Heat Network Efficiency Scheme, out-of-date equipment will be upgraded with energy efficient alternatives such as replacement pumps, pipe insulation and underfloor heating controls.
Heat network operators, such as universities, NHS trusts and charities, will be able to bid for funding by requesting an application form for round 1 of the Heat Network Efficiency Scheme (HNES) from BEIS delivery partner, Gemserv.

To further improve the operation of existing heat networks, BEIS has published short guidance videos setting out practical steps to help heat network operators to improve the performance of heat networks

Webinars and events

Delivering innovative local energy projects (Net Zero Go local authority insight webinar)
Wednesday 15 February, 10.00am–11.30am | Online

Cyber security for construction business resilience (YORhub webinar)
Thursday 16 February, 2:00pm | Online

LGA National Construction Conference (Leeds)
Tuesday 7 March, 9.15am–3.30pm | Horizon Leeds, 2 Brewery Wharf, Kendall Street, Leeds LS10 1JR

Procurement Reform Conference (London)
Wednesday 1 March, 8.30am–4.00pm | Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE

Procurement Reform Conference (Manchester)
Tuesday 14 March, 8.30am–4.00pm | Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester M1 4PH

Local Government Procurement Expo (LGPE) 2023
Thursday 27 April | Novotel London West (Hammersmith), International Centre, 1 Shortlands, London W6 8DR

The Social Value Conference 2023 – 'Towards a Social Value economy'
Tuesday 13–Wednesday 14 June | In person at Church House Westminster, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ


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