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Ethical procurement training launched for NHS staff

A new training programme supporting NHS staff to ethically procure goods and services has been launched. The free training programme is funded by the Department of Health, and developed in partnership with the BMA and the Ethical Trading Initiative.

The training is designed to support the Ethical Procurement for Health workbook launched in 2011. Together, they provide practical advice for healthcare buyers, helping them to identify poor labour standards and take action through the procurement process and engagement with suppliers.

Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said:

“Poor labour standards within supply chains of products and services provided to the NHS are inexcusable. These materials will help NHS buyers with ethical procurement, and help to protect the health and wellbeing of workers in the supply chain.”

Materials include a tutor led training course available via the National Sustainable Public Procurement Programme (NSPPP): NSPPP Courses  > Ethical Procurement for Health and 3 online learning modules. They can be found at:

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