Procurement

 Led by John Swords, National Director of Procurement 

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The HSE is accountable for effective and compliant procurement that delivers value for money with security of supply.  To support the delivery of health and social care services, the HSE, as the largest purchaser in the state, has a procurement spend of approximately €4 billion on goods and services on an annual basis. Procurement activities take place within a regulated environment underpinned by complex EU and national legislation. It is critical that procurement spend on goods, services and works is carried out in a transparent and efficient manner.

Procurement objectives

Support service delivery across the health sector: Provide continuity of supply; ensuring availability of appropriate quality goods and services where needed, when needed. 

Maintain effective governance and compliance: Ensure the HSE and all staff members comply with procurement Directives, Legislation, Circulars and other legal requirements. 

Achieve greater value for money to support reinvestment into patient care and service delivery: Ensure that purchasing is carried out in a coordinated and strategic manner that maximises opportunities for savings and improved compliance. 

Facilitate environmental, societal and economic objectives through procurement: Encourage and stimulate opportunities for green procurement, innovation, social inclusion and participation by SME and micro enterprise in the procurement process.

In addition to self-service procurement within certain thresholds, the procurement of goods, services and works is achieved through an end-to-end procurement process that draws on four core capabilities:

  • Sourcing and Contracting
  • Logistics and Inventory Management
  • Corporate procurement Planning and Compliance Improvement
  • Business Systems

Sourcing and Contracting

  • Operates on a public sector wide basis in collaboration with the OGP and directly procures and establishes compliant contracts for the health specific expenditure categories.
  • Sourcing and establishment of contracts to enable self-service procurement. 

Logistics and Inventory Management

  • Manages the purchase and storage of goods to optimise efficiencies for service delivery.
  • Drives greater efficiencies through management of stock at the point of use. 

Corporate Procurement Planning and Compliance Improvement

Responsible for coordinating multi-annual procurement planning, procurement relationship management, compliance improvement and capability and capacity development across Hospital Groups, CHOs, Section 38 and 39 Agencies and Corporate Services.

Business Systems

  • Provide business and system analyst support for procurement related systems including the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMS).
  • The provision of self-service procurement within thresholds through digital enablement. 

Supplier Information 

The HSE has an extensive network of suppliers with the overwhelming majority being made up of SME’s (small-to-medium enterprises).

HSE Procurement are committed to engaging and collaborating with the supply base, this continued engagement with current and prospective suppliers will be required to assist in transforming how services are delivered along with achieving agreed Sláintecare objectives. 

Please refer to our Supplier Charter for more information

IFMS - Integrated Financial Management System

IFMS Project

Fundamental to the operation of our procurement activities in the future is the implementation of IFMS. IFMS is a single National Financial Management and Procurement System to be deployed across the publicly funded HSE run health and social care system, as well as our larger publicly funded partner Voluntary Organisations involved in social and community service provision, including disability services as well as acute hospital care. 

The implementation of IFMS and first go live of sites in 2023 will bring about changes in how the HSE will engage and collaborate with suppliers. It is important that suppliers are proactive and begin to ready themselves for new ways of working with the HSE. These new ways of working and engagement include:

  • Centralised invoicing and data capture
  • Transparency across the health sector
  • Unique Material and Service Codes

Office of Government Procurement (OGP)

HSE Procurement work in collaboration with the OGP in support of the government strategy for procurement across the public sector. Common categories of products and services are procured by the OGP. 

The HSE procure health specific categories and also health specific  categories for other Departments and agencies. 

The HSE continues to govern the procurement operations of the health system for health specific purposes as set out in the Health Act.   

For more information visit: https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/office-of-government-procurement/

HSE Standard Terms for Services & Supplies

The objective of HSE's Standard Terms for Services & Supplies is to protect HSE's commercial interests in a fair and reasonable manner with due regard to the rights of the contracting party. (Currently under review)

View HSE Standard Terms for Services and Supplies (PDF)

Procurement COVID-19

Read about funding awarded to support the Health Service for the supply of COVID-19 PPE

Procurement Contact Us 

National Director of Procurement
John Swords
Dr. Steevens’ Hospital,
Dublin 8.

Email: ellen.robinson@hse.ie 

Assistant National Director Procurement
Head of Logistics & Inventory Management

Fra Mollen
HSE Procurement,
National Distribution Centre (NDC),
Burlington Business Park,
Tullamore,
Co Offaly. 

E-mail: francis.mollen@hse.ie

Assistant National Director Procurement
Head of Sourcing & Contracting
Siobhan Dunphy
Dr. Steevens’ Hospital,
Dublin 8.

Email: siobhan.dunphy@hse.ie 

Assistant National Director Procurement
Head of Corporate Procurement Planning & Compliance Improvement
Julie Ryan
1st Floor,
Kylecourt Clinic,
Old Davitt Street,
Tipperary Town
E34 W983

Email: julie.ryan@hse.ie  

Assistant National Director Procurement
Head of Business Systems
Brian Long
Ballycummin Avenue,
Raheen Business Park,
Limerick 

E-mail: brian.long1@hse.ie