An opportunity to develop the UK supply base of the NHS

Date posted: May 24, 2022
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A new report commissioned by the Midlands Engine from the Manufacturing Technology Centre has identified the key company capabilities that allow businesses to transform their operations in order to successfully enter the healthcare sector and competitively deliver innovative products and services.

The report found that strategic capability development can unlock the opportunity to significantly expand the UK supply base of the NHS through targeted capability development of UK manufacturers.

In addition, integration of additional UK manufactures into the NHS supply chain enables the creation of a stronger, dependable and more innovative domestic supply chain – reducing the risk of exposure to global supply chain disruption.

This in turn offers opportunities for reshoring production capabilities and enhancing the UK export potential, plus making it easier to develop green manufacturing and supply chain practices.

The study engaged with 14 companies, at CEO and MD levels, and industrial feedback was collected via the structured Supply Chain Readiness Assessment (SCRA) methodology of the MTC, suitably expanded to include Repurposing. The results identified three clusters of business capabilities that characterise successful healthcare sector entry and competitive new product development via repurposing of business knowledge and assets:

  • Agility, Transformation and Long-Term Planning
  • Customer Focus, Sector Knowledge and Networking
  • Innovation, Technology and Skills

You can read the full report here: https://bit.ly/3sdnNR7

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