Procurement Department

Welcome to the home page of NHS Lothian's Procurement Services. Here we hope you will find everything you need to know about Procurement whether you are a buyer, supplier or end user.

The Scottish Public Procurement Policy Handbook defines Procurement as 'the aquisition, whether under formal contract or otherwise, of goods or services and works from third parties.'

The Procurement Team provides help and advice on all aspects of buying goods or services on behalf of the organisation. We will help you select the best suppliers and achieve best overall value for money, whatever you are buying. We can also help you decide if you really need to buy or rather source an alternative method of meeting your need.


Some of the services we offer:

  • Developing procurement strategies to help the organisation meet its objectives.
  • Giving information on existing agreements and guidance on procurement procedures (including legal obligations).
  • Being consulted at the earliest opportunity in strategic planning for acquisitions of goods or services or works from third parties (external sources).
  • Guiding on selection of the right suppliers or service providers on quality, delivery, service, price, sustainability and innovation to meet your requirements.
  • Orchestrating agreements with contracted suppliers and other collaborative contract managers, define the principles governing the relationships, monitor performance and strive to help suppliers with aim of continuous improvement.
  • Developing efficient processes for eProcurement and for monitoring performance.


We welcome any feedback on this site and its contents so if you have any comments or suggestions please contact Pam Nicholson.


Last Reviewed: 19/01/2016