Procurement at Liverpool University Hospitals

The Procurement Department is responsible for ensuring that non-pay expenditure achieves best value and contributes to quality patient care in accordance with UK public sector rules and regulations. The Trust works closely with other partners including NHS Supply Chain and Crown Commercial Services.

The Procurement Department is split across three teams: 

  • Strategic Sourcing
  • eProcurement
  • Supply Chain.

The department is responsible for ensuring effective contracts are in place for the £200m addressable spend in scope and is set annual targets to deliver financial savings.

The department employs Clinical Nurse Specialists who support the strategic sourcing team when undertaking new clinical trials, they are also essential to supporting the supply chain team identifying alternative products due to shortages. The CNS team support internal meetings for Sustainability, New Techniques and Devices, Surgical Equipment Standardisation and Consumables Standardisation. They are integral to the department and work closely with other specialist nurses internally and externally.

The Trust is part of the Cheshire and Merseyside ICS and works collaboratively with all Trusts across the region, co-developing work plans and acting as one. In addition, the Trust supports other clinical networks including Digital Diagnostics, C&M Pathology Network (CMPN) and C&M Radiology and Imaging Network (CAMRIN).

Our dedicated Supply Chain team is responsible for providing a top-up service to over 116 wards and departments and 59 theatres, processing an average of 25,000 product lines per month.

The eProcurement team is multi-faceted and has responsibility for all procurement systems including our ordering system (Oracle), Genesis (Inventory Management) and eDC (NHSSC ordering system). 

Suppliers seeking support should email:

For all general enquiries please contact the helpdesk via 0151 529 2615 or 0151 529 2273.

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Procurement Department

Aintree University Hospital

Aintree House

Longmoor Lane


L9 7AL

Tendering procedures

The department works to Trust Standing Financial Instructions - a top-level summary is shown below. The figures stated apply to the total value for the complete duration of the contract:

Financial threshold


Below £20,000 inc. VAT

A written quotation is required, budget holders need to demonstrate best value

£20,001 - £49,999 inc. VAT

A minimum of three written quotes required

£50,000 – £GPA Threshold

A tender will be issued to a minimum of three bidders

£GPA +

A tender will be published via the ‘Find a Tender’ service

Organisational relationships

The Procurement and Supplies team enlist the services of regional and national procurement hubs to manage its contracting requirements. 

These include but are not limited to:

Please refer to their websites for further information.

Thumbnail Title Date Posted Size
PDF file icon Social Value Charter 13/07/2023 4.18 MB
XLSX file icon Procurement and Supplies structure 13/07/2023 0.02 MB
PDF file icon Sustainability Strategy 2021-2025 13/07/2023 11.59 MB