The Trust is aware of the important role that healthcare companies and other suppliers play to assist healthcare practitioners in providing safe, cost effective products and services, including pharmaceuticals and nutritional products to the patients in their care.

To establish and maintain a good working relationship with our suppliers we insist that the guidelines contained in this policy are followed. In doing so it is hoped that the relationship between Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and its suppliers will be a constructive one.

Should you require any clarification please do not hesitate in contacting a member of the Procurement or Pharmacy Departments.



The purpose of this policy is to provide guidance to staff on the actions that can, or should, be taken when dealing with supplier representatives.

The policy is designed to help ensure a professional relationship between Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and its suppliers.

This policy sets out the standards and procedures that staff should follow to ensure they work within the legal framework and to ensure that procurement processes are carried out in fair and open competition.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: Associate Director of Procurement
Ratified by: Finance & Procurement Strategic Management Group
Date Ratified: June 2024
Date Issued: June 2024
Review Date: June 2026
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Associate Director of Procurement


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