The NHS Procurement and Commercial Digital Apprenticeship Information Session

5 September 2024 10:00am – 11:00amBST (+01:00)
Virtual (Microsoft Teams)

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The Central Commercial Function is thrilled to announce the next Procurement Digital Apprenticeship cohort will commence in November 2024, with an application deadline of the 30th September 2024.

The use of data and analytics within procurement is recognised as an essential skill and there are an increasing number of roles dedicated to managing procurement systems and the production of intelligence to support the function in its deliverables. 

Last year, a digital skills survey was conducted with procurement staff in the NHS. It identified:

  • 96% of people surveyed confirmed there is a heavy use of Excel in their role.
  • 43% use patterns in data for decision making - leading to less missed opportunities.
  • 0% had worked with Python and only 35% had engaged with predictive analytics.
  • 87% of respondents have gaps between how skilled they are and how critical those skills are for their role.

By upskilling our procurement and commercial workforce in digital and analytic skills, it is estimated staff can safe 30% of their time in undertaking existing activities in addition to offering better insight to support decision making and unlocking greater opportunities for the NHS. In the first cohort, Learners are already developing programmes to help better manage data across ICS footprints; track inflation on goods; and automating savings dashboards.


The NHS Procurement and Commercial Digital Academy

The NHS Procurement and Commercial Digital Academy aims to support those staff members who want to further their skills and knowledge in data and analytics. Offering three entry points and qualifications, the programme can fit an individual and organisations specific needs. The programmes are focussed on supporting individuals to take the new digital and data skills being learned and applying the skills directly to their specific role. This enables them to drive impact for their organisation and the NHS broadly within months of commencing the programme.

How to Find Out Further Information

To find out more about the apprenticeship scheme, please register for one of the webinars being run by the Central Commercial Function. These MS Teams sessions are focussed to take potential learners, apprenticeship leads and line managers through the schemes available to them.

If you would like further information in the meantime, please see the dedicated website here or CCF Hub pages here.


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