This document provides information and advice related to Procurement and is intended as a resource for all Health Partnerships.
The information contained herein is produced for guidance only, and should be used together with contextually specific information and professional advice to create the necessary tools required to ensure that robust procurement policies are in place for your own programme.
Procurement is defined as the act of obtaining or buying goods and services. It refers to steps around the preparation and processing of demand as well as the end receipt and approval of payment.
For health partnerships, it may be one of the riskier areas of financial management, vulnerable to exploitation or abuse. Sound procurement policies are therefore important as they help to ensure that purchasing takes place in an open, fair and competitive way that represents value for money. Policies will include adequate internal controls to prevent possible abuse and enhance accountability, thus also helping to minimise opportunities for fraud, bribery and corruption.