Procurement and supply chain bulletin: 20 October 2023

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Procurement and supply chain bulletin

20 October 2023

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Procurement and supply chain

Provider Selection Regime update

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) laid regulations for the Provider Selection Regime (PSR) in Parliament in draft and NHS England have published the statutory guidance for the PSR in draft.

Subject to parliamentary scrutiny, DHSC intends for the PSR regulations to come into force on 1 January 2024 although please note that the current rules on procurement remain in force until this time.  

The NHSE PSR website has now been updated to include a series of implementation webinars will run from late October through to December.

Other supporting information and all updates for the PSR will be posted on the PSR website. For all other enquiries related to PSR implementation – please email

This information will be extremely important for all local authorities who commission healthcare services.

More schools identified as having reinforced autoclaved aerated concrete (RAAC)

A further 43 schools have discovered RAAC concrete in their buildings, bringing the total number of schools affected to 214. Of the 214 schools affected, 202 are continuing with face-to-face education, with 12 having a mixture of online and in person classes. 43 hospitals have also been identified as having RAAC concrete in their buildings. Guidance for education settings impacted by RAAC is available and there is an education hub containing a full Q&A on RAAC.

Crown Commercial Service has an Offsite Construction Solutions framework and affected parties can speak to their regional National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) member for advice. NEPO has published information on NEPO suppliers offering support to those affected by RAAC. ESPO and YPO also have information and frameworks on temporary buildings, mobile classrooms as well as inspection and survey services.

A new STAR is born

Two Merseyside councils have joined Tameside, Rochdale, Stockport, and Trafford in becoming partners in the public sector shared procurement service, STAR Procurement. St Helens Borough Council and Knowsley Council are the latest to sign up to STAR which has saved nearly £50 million of taxpayer’s money when procuring a wide range of supplies and services for its councils since its establishment in 2014. As from this month, STAR procurement will operate pan-regionally driving collaboration, value for money and securing social value across Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region. 

Poor green tech installations 

We are currently working with National Trading Standards on tackling substandard retrofit and fraudulent mis-selling of low carbon technology installations. National Trading Standards are seeing a steady increase in consumer complaints and other intelligence about problems in the energy markets which is not only causing problems for consumers but having a knock-on effect on other council services. We would be interested in speaking with councils that have experienced this issue and are taking action to resolve, email


Exploitation in the care sector (Unseen webinar)
Monday 23 October, 2.00pm–3.00pm | Online

Provider Selection Regime (PSR) webinars
Tuesday 24 October–Monday 4 December | Online

The Sourcing Playbook webinar – learning from doing in local government (Local Partnerships webinar)
Thursday 26 October, 11.00am–12.00pm | Zoom

Modern slavery risk assessment and due diligence guidelines for adult social care (LGA virtual event)
Tuesday 31 October, 10.30am–12.00pm | Zoom

Sustainable procurement diagnosis and action planning showcase events – East of England LGA (EEGLA) virtual events
Friday 3 November, 10.00am–11.00am and Tuesday 7 November | Online

Procurement Reform Roadshow
Tuesday 7 November | Eastside Rooms, Radisson Blu Hotel, 12 Holloway Circus, Queensway, Birmingham B1 1BT

Procurex Cymru / Wales
Wednesday 8 November | Utilita Arena, Mary Ann Street, Cardiff CF10 2EQ

National Children and Adult Services Conference
Wednesday 29 November–Friday 1 December | Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth BH2 5BH

iNetwork Annual Conference
Thursday 30 November | Hyatt Regency Manchester, 55 Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PQ and online

Digitalisation training weekender event for councillors (an LGA 'Leadership Essentials' event)
Saturday 2 December–Sunday 3 December | Crowne Plaza Leeds, Wellington Street, Leeds LS1 4DL


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