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Procurement Best Value

The Procurement Partnership continually strives to achieve the best value for its customers, not only via tendering and contracts, but in every individual order placed. Customers need to be aware that best value is not necessarily the cheapest - it will include durability, fitness for purpose (neither over nor under specified), cost of parts, spares, service etc. 

Procurement Best Practice

The Procurement Department provides a number of 'best practices' to ensure that you, the customer can safely buy the goods and services you need with confidence.

Managed Print Service - Lexmark

  Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) & How To Guides

The purpose of the Managed Print Solutions service is to reduce the amount of printing we do and the number of printers we have in Trust. Additionally, all Leicestershire Partnership Trust staff will have access to print on all networked printers via their print badge/stickers.

Please see all  SOPs and How to Guides below:-


   Signing Contracts

Organisation staff members should not sign company contracts, except in certain specified circumstances as defined in Trusts  Standing Orders. There is a risk of agreeing to conditions of contract which are onerous and disadvantageous to the Trust. Contact the Procurement Department for advise in all cases.


Department of Health - Mandatory


    Pre Purchase Questionnaires (PPQ’s)

It is a Department of Health requirement that all medical equipment that is electrically or battery operated, and that comes into contact with a patient, MUST comply with standards of safety, operation and maintenance as defined in the PPQ. This must be vetted and approved by relevant experts, before the purchase can be made.

    Goods on Loan/Trial

Company representatives may visit sites directly and offer items on loan. These require Indemnity Forms to be completed,which protect the organisation in the event of an incident. The forms also formally limit the period of loan.

    Fire Standards

Items such as Furniture, Carpets, Curtains and Blinds, Bedding and Linen, Soft Furnishings or Upholstered items must all be checked to make sure they comply with the relevant standards before they are purchased. For this reason please allow additional time for the processing of these type for the area of use.



    EU Regulations

The Financial thresholds detailed in the organisations Standard Financial Instructions (SFI's) related to the spend of the commodity across the whole of the organisation. This is referred to as 'In aggregate'

  • You must not dis-aggregate (split) expenditure to avoid carrying out a quotation or tender exercise.

  • If your requirement is below the threshold but takes the organisation aggregate spend over the limit, you will be asked to complete a waiver request.

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01 February 2018

New EU Threshold limits for 2016

The EC Procurement Threshold limits have changed from the 1st January 2016. Please click here to view threshold limits   

CE Waiver Form - LPT only

For a copy of the 2016 CE waiver form for use in LPT Click here


01 February 2018

NHS Supply Chain News

For the latest NHS Supplychain news, publications ,notices and product updates please visit their site here


01 February 2018

Contract News

Details of recent contracts issued by Procurement and the latest contract news can be found here

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