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The Scottish Ambulance Service has its own procurement team based mainly in Edinburgh. The Procurement Team buys a wide range of Service-specific goods and services. For products used in common with other parts of the NHS, the Service collaborates with the rest of the NHS in Scotland and buys from contracts awarded by NHS National Procurement. The Service also uses other Scottish or UK framework contracts where available to achieve best value, for example Scottish Procurement or the Crown Commercial Service.

The Service’s Procurement Team also provides a procurement services to Health Scotland and Healthcare Improvement Scotland on a shared service basis.

The Service is required to comply with a framework of legislation including EU Directives on public procurement and the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014, as well as various other related policies and its own internal governance.
The Service has a Buyer Profile on the Public Contracts Scotland website where contracts are advertised and other information about the Service is provided. 

Procurement strategy

The Service’s Procurement Strategy 2015 – 2018 was signed off by the Service’s Board in July 2015.

In addition, the Service has a strategy for dealing with regulated procurements. This was approved by the Audit Committee in December 2016. It is intended to be read together with the Procurement Strategy 2015 – 18, and specifically deals with the requirements of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014.

The Service’s first Annual Procurement Report for 2017-18 was signed off by the Executive Team in July 2018.


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