Business Continuity

Business Continuity Planning is a process used to plan for emergencies and incidents that affect normal business.  For us in Procurement that can mean both the Procurement service and function, but more importantly the wider supply chain.

Business Continuity Management (BCM) is the process of preparing ourselves and our services to face disruptions, whatever their source and whatever aspect of the organisation they may affect.  It is not only a matter of writing plans, but also;

        Anticipating problems

        Preparation to deal with them

        Preventing or reducing the risk of incidents

        Response plans

        Recovery plans - how we get back to normal

For health boards this means a bit more as there is a statutory requirement under the Civil Contingencies Act (2004) that category 1 responders, such as the NHS, are required to have Business Continuity Plans and processes in place to ensure public welfare is safeguarded when organisational difficulties are encountered.

As part of our Supplier Relationship Management Programme we will monitor Business Continuity Planning, this is to ensure that our suppliers have a plan in place, but also that it is tested and refreshed appropriately

The Civil Contingencies Act also requires that Category 1 responders regularly exercise their Business Continuity plans.  The Procurement Department carry out an annual test on their plan.

You can find a copy of our Business Continuity Plan below.


Procurement Strategy and Report

TypeNameLast Reviewed
pdfProcurement Strategy for NHS Lothian.pdf28/01/2016
pdfNHS Lothian Workforce Matters Procurement Policy V1.2.pdf29/01/2016

Last Reviewed: 14/01/2016