About Us

East Midland Pharmacy Collaborative - EMPC

EMPC has been supporting Pharmacy services procurement since 2011, locally, regionally and nationally. Whilst many things have changed since inception, the ethos that the patient comes first still sits at the heart of everything we do.

Hosted by University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) and currently based at Florence Nightingale Community Hospital, Derby, the team are all UHDB NHS employees providing a range of support and services across a broad spread of contracts. Quality Assurance (QA) support is provided as part of our tendering process placing safety at the forefront of any contracts and awards made.

Both providers and commissioners are amongst our stakeholders and based predominantly in and around the East Midlands. We also share knowledge and expertise with our NHS colleagues across the country, engaging with Pharmacy Market Support Group (PMSG), National Pharmaceutical Supplies Group (NPSG) as well as our homecare colleagues via the National Homecare Medicines Committee (NHMC) of which we are active members.

Homecare… A growing and complex area; we have a number of contracts covering a range of services from a simple delivery to complex nurse administered compounded products such as OPAT and SACT.

In addition, we procure and manage a wide range of regional contracts on behalf of our members. These include Unlicensed Imports, Dose Banded Chemotherapy, PN and TPN, Ready to Administer to name but a few.

In summary –

  • Patient focused approach
  • Established hub covering a wide range of products and services
  • Extensive QA support
  • Locally, regionally and nationally networked
  • Pro-active contract management
  • Knowledgeable team providing on-going support
  • Proven savings whilst improving service levels
  • Reduced contractual risk

The EMPC team brings together both pharmacy and procurement expertise. Having 13 NHS Trust members, the team centralises procurement activities preventing duplication of effort for the individual members.

The significant financial savings are tracked and reported to its members. The team also promote value added activities with training events and study days. These have included collaborating with the London and East of England Regions to produce a three day Procurement programme, a Falsified Medicines Directive study day and assisting with the organisation of on-going Define training sessions.

Regional Stakeholders and Hospitals

  • Chesterfield Royal Hospital– S44 5BL
  • Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – Kingsway Hospital DE22 3LZ
  • University Hospitals of Derby and Burton – Royal Derby Hospital DE22 3NE, Florence Nightingale Community Hospital DE1 2QY, Queens Hospital Burton DE13 0RB, Samuel Johnson Community Hospital WS13 6EF and Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital B78 3NG.
  • Kettering General Hospital – NN16 8UZ
  • Leicester Partnership NHS Trust – LE4 8PQ
  • Northampton General Hospital – NN1 5BD
  • Northampton Healthcare NHS Trust – NN15 7PW
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust – Wells Road NG3 3AA and Rampton DN22 0PD
  • Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust – Nottingham City Hospital NH5 1PB and Queens Medical Centre NG7 2UH
  • Sherwood Forest NHS Foundation Trust – NG17 4JL
  • United Lincoln Hospitals NHS Trust – Lincoln County Hospital LN2 5QY, Pilgrim Hospital PE21 9QS and County Hospital Louth LN11 0EU
  • University Hospitals of Leicester – Leicester Royal Infirmary LE1 5WW, Leicester General Hospital LE5 4PW and Glenfield Hospital LE3 9QP