The pressure on hospitals to drive efficiencies in the back office has never been tougher. With the Model Hospital, Carter metrics and other national strategies calling for better management of the supply chain, the use of technology to help deliver savings and efficiencies is critical.

The Edge4Health™ is designed to transform the procurement experience and remove barriers for NHS organisations and their suppliers.

  • Integrated ordering and catalogue management tool
  • Simple and familiar platform minimises requisition errors
  • GS1 compliant catalogue and price data, managed by suppliers
  • Integration to inventory manage

What is The Edge4Health?

The Edge4Health is a partnership between NHS Shared Business Services and Virtualstock. The cloud-based platform connects NHS organisations and suppliers to improve efficiency, drive savings and heighten compliance. It includes a consumerstyle eMarketplace, online catalogue management, and integrates with existing procure to pay systems.

Included Service

Provided at no additional charge for NHS SBS customers


Accelerated compliance with national strategies and standards, e.g. Carter, eProcurement

Enhanced Control

of accuracy across your spend and contracts


An eMarketplace to compare products and prices

Enriched, supplier-managed data

Helps reduce supplier queries and problems caused by inaccurate product data

Simple Onboarding

Our onboarding team will work with you to assess resource and support requirements prior to commencing implementation of the platform.

Edge4Health User Guide

Explore a variety of suppliers, their products, and pricing within the comprehensive Procure-to-Pay solution provided by the Edge4Health marketplace. Users can easily search for products uploaded by suppliers on Edge4Health using various criteria such as supplier, description, and product code. Download our brochure for more information.


Supporting transition to The Edge4Health

NHS Shared Business Services specialist onboarding team supports implementation of The Edge4Health every step of the way to ensure the smoothest possible transition to the platform.

Our team work in partnership with your organisation to assist you in realising the benefits of The Edge4Health, while you stay in control of your systems and data.

NHS SBS Support

Migration plan detailing activities, timelines and key deliverables required from all parties

Build and configure an organisational account on The Edge4Health system

Provide details of supplier data already available on The Edge4Health

Provide details of a tailored Supplier Onboarding Strategy

Provide and deliver a robust suite of training

Provide system support post go-live

Provider Activities

Ensure appropriate resources are made available for implementation

Provide access to data and information from any required IT systems

Build your catalogue by connecting with suppliers to review and approve catalogue items

Ensure appropriate facilities and access to relevant staff for trainingy connecting with suppliers

Enhancing your transition experience with The Edge4Health

NHS Shared Business Services can provide extra support for the implementation of the platform, providing you with a faster, expert transition into The Edge4Health:

Catalogue Migration Support service

IT Implementation

Supplier Contract Performance service

Ongoing use of The Edge4Health

Following implementation, NHS Shared Business Services continue to support you through our team of experts, as outlined below.

NHS SBS Support

Ongoing support for your supplier onboarding strategy, with technical and user support through the NHS SBS Customer Service Centre

Provider Activities

Reviewing and approving item changes and pricing from suppliers for your catalogue items and administer your user profiles using any new and improved procurement processes available

Enhancing your transition experience

NHS Shared Business Services provides a suite of supporting services to enhance your Edge4Health experience, including: Catalogue Content Management Service and Contract Pricing Support Service

Edge4Health Provider benefits

The Edge4Health streamlines multiple systems and processes into one place to revolutionise procure to pay.

Management of entire supply chain

Using The Edge4Health, requisitioners can easily search organisation approved catalogues to locate and requisition products, for buyers to electronically approve at the right price, all from one easy to use profile. The Edge4Health is a fully mobile solution that enables requisitioning, approval and receipting on the go.

Accelerated compliance with national strategies

With Carter, the Future Operating Model and the eProcurement strategy all highlighting opportunities for supply chain digitalization to help drive the £5bn annual savings target, the E4H platform was designed to eliminate some of the barriers preventing Trusts from meeting their individual targets. The platform is GS1 and PEPPOL certified.

Enhanced quality product information

The Edge4Health platform is GS1 and PEPPOL certified, with suppliers encouraged to fully complete all information to enable compliant products. The GS1 UK GTIN Checker is a unique service that is made available to Edge4Health members with the aim of checking all barcoded product data.

Easier to compare products and prices

The Edge4Health is an intuitive eMarketplace which showcases a range of catalogues from different suppliers. Providers can choose to access the entire range of products from all suppliers on the platform, or mask to a nominated group of preferred suppliers.

Reduction in supplier related queries

With content and price lists managed by suppliers and approved by Trust Buyers, PO and invoice discrepancies and queries should be reduced.

Integration to inventory management

The Edge4Health platform is fully integrated with the existing Oracle system used by NHS SBS providers.

Why Partner with us?

We add value through the development and implementation of high-quality, cost effective corporate services, providing a level of innovation and efficiency which would be impossible for an organisation to deliver in isolation.

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