The NHS eProcurement Strategy, published in 2014, requires the UK healthcare sector to use Peppol to transfer orders, order responses and invoices electronically to their suppliers. The strategy named six Pathfinder trusts and gave each £2 million to implement Peppol and GS1 across their organisations.
Though the infrastructure was built on this concept, it has taken time for hospitals to solidify connection of all suppliers. However, this is changing, and more hospitals and suppliers are now connecting.
NEP, a consortium of 32 NHS organisations has been pioneering the way for Peppol for NHS organisations. Key contributors within NEP, particularly Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have conducted numerous testing scenarios with suppliers via NEP. This has allowed the network for the consortium to extend rapidly.
Other consortia, ELFS and SBS, have started to open themselves up for Peppol traffic as well. NHS Supply Chain has also adopted Peppol, adding in a requirement for advanced shipping notice.