The Negotiator – our quarterly outlook on contract management issues in the public sector

In ‘the Negotiator’, our quarterly outlook on contract management issues in the public sector, we look at:

  • Getting the best out of purchasing catalogues

Catalogues can be a good way for suppliers to manage product procurement, but when it comes to services it’s much harder to be sure you’re getting the right deal – or the right spec

  • Contract management: Regular checks can pre­vent a crisis

The active management of complex contracts will help stop problems before they start, and regular independent assurance checks are a big part of that

  • Healthcare commission­ing: The search for a feasible way forward

Is there anything the NHS can learn from the private sector’s approach to service delivery?

  • Public sector contracts: Are you getting what you’ve paid for?

In a time of austerity, value for money is the number one priority, which means effective contract management is more important than ever