NHS Borders Procurement Strategy (reviewed March 2015) outlines NHS Borders aims and objectives for the period 2015-2018 (3 years). The principles of this strategy encompass all procurement activity undertaken by the Board and set down the key objectives and procurement processes in NHS Borders for the years 2015-2018 and the Strategy provides a clear statement on the focus and importance of Procurement. It addresses the national drive to improve procurement performance - aiming for the highest professional standards while helping to deliver objectives local to NHS Borders.
NHS Borders buys goods and services by competition and in compliance with government policy and the relevant legislation. The procurement process complies with the NHS Borders Code of Corporate Governance and the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations. The Service seeks to achieve best value for the items that most closely meet its requirements. Contract award decisions are based on the assessment of a range of evaluation criteria specific to the goods or services being purchased.
The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 and the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 give effect in Scotland to the Public Sector Directive [Directive 2004/18/EC], the Utilities Directive [Directive 2004/17/EC], and the Defence and Security Directive [Directive 2009/81/EC]. These European Directives seek to ensure that public sector bodies such as NHS Borders award contracts in an efficient and non-discriminatory manner. The Regulations set out the procedures to be followed at each stage of the procurement process leading to the award of contracts above certain financial thresholds for works, supplies and services by NHS Borders and other public bodies. They take account of modern techniques such as e-procurement and the provision of framework agreements, as well as the extent to which social and environmental issues can be considered during the procurement process.