New NHS procurement scheme is launched

The Dental Directory is officially announced as procurement partner

31 May, 2016 / infocus

Dental dealer, The Dental Directory, has been confirmed as the supply partner for the NHS Scotland-run procurement scheme DenPro, which launched on 3 May.

The new scheme, which has signed up more than 400 dental practices, is the brainchild of Scotland’s Chief Dental Officer Margie Taylor.

The aim is to help practices cut costs by gathering together into a buying group to negotiate best prices on consumables and sundries.

After a competitive tender process, The Dental Directory won the contract to provide general hygiene and safety products, instruments, impression materials, cements and general consumables. If successful, the range could be extended to other products in the future.

Paul Cushley, NHS National Services Scotland director of dentistry, said: “The planning and implementation of DenPro has been a long time coming so the launch is a very exciting time for us.

“The responses and feedback from dentists across the country has been very positive so we’re pleased to see the programme come to fruition and benefit the greatest number of practices.”

James Murray, commercial director at The Dental Directory, said: “We have a long history of working closely with NHSScotland and are pleased to support this unique venture. The awarding of this contract will enable us to offer competitive prices on a range of products and value-added services to DenPro members.”

Louise Reay, dentist and co- owner of Uddingston Dental Care, signed up to DenPro after attending one of the roadshows held in September 2015.

Louise said: “I thought that joining DenPro would be very beneficial for our practice. Costs of running a practice are rising each year, and despite our best efforts it can be difficult to secure the best prices for stock as we are not formally trained in procurement.

“DenPro will make the process of purchasing easier and less time consuming for practices, and I like the idea that the initiative will create a community of practices coming together to help and support each other with the running costs of our businesses.

“Ultimately, if we can save money on stock and supplies it means we can invest more in the practice to benefit patients and staff alike.”

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