Deciding who should manage procurement in your trustYou need to set the right level of delegation when it comes to procurement, based on what’s right for your trust. Use this guidance to help you decide how centralised your procurement should be, and how to delegate key tasks.
How to manage a contractOnce a contract has been written and signed, learn how to measure the supplier's performance, deal with underperformance, mitigate against risk and manage your relationship.
How to put a contract in placeHere's a guide to what you should include in a contract, with advice to help you tailor this to the value and importance of what you've purchased and who you've bought from.
Managing all of your contracts: toolsUse our tools to help you store and track the information you need across all the contracts in your trust. They'll help you stay on top of contracts that are coming up for renewal or expiry, and review areas for consolidation across your trust.
Planning a purchase: before you startThese tips will help you get your procurement process started on the right track, covering the things you need to think about before writing your specification.
Planning a purchase: write a specificationThe specification will form part of your business case and help later when going to suppliers. Use our template to cover the information you need, whatever you're looking to buy.
Planning a purchase: write your business caseThe business case will help you record approval and decisions for the purchase. Whether or not you need one depends on your own procedures and the value of the purchase – if you do, use our template to help you.
Running your own high-value buying processFollow this process when running your own direct-to-supplier procurement for high-value purchases. It covers the key steps to follow, from checking the market to awarding the contract.
Writing and managing contracts: summary explainerOnce you've followed the correct procurement process for what you're buying, you'll need to write and manage your contract for it. Read on to establish the aims and make sure you know the key terms.