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Framework Suppliers Encouraged to Take Advantage of Streamlined Systems

Streamlined SystemsIn a move towards more efficient working, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS) is calling on framework suppliers to take advantage of improvements in systems and processes which will save them time and money.

From summer 2019, a new direct debit facility will gradually replace BACS payments, making it easier to approve and transmit payments to NHS SBS. Client change notices are being sent to all framework suppliers, so you will be hearing from us very soon, if you haven't already.

Additionally, by June 2019, all invoices will be sent out electronically, providing a faster, more efficient and environmentally friendly service. Suppliers are being asked to confirm their preferred accounts payable email address to ensure the documentation reaches the right place.

Finally, to speed up invoicing and payments, and as recommended in the Carter Report, NHS SBS procurement staff are asking all suppliers to cite purchase order numbers on invoices, which will reduce unnecessary work for both Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. For maximum efficiency, the company are requesting that purchase order numbers are issued to cover a period of at least 12-months, so that this same number can be included on all invoices issued from NHS SBS in that period.

These changes are applicable to all NHS SBS suppliers who are on one of the frameworks.

For more information about changes to working practices please email nsbs.credit_control@nhs.net

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