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NHS supply chain: reflections on 2020 and the future of supply chains

James Turpin, Head of Logistics for NHS supply chain, planned an extension of the work of 2019: driving value, maintaining high standards of stocked products, and expanding technology transformations – though the pandemic changed everything.

James Turpin is Head of Logistics for NHS supply chain, delivering over 28 million lines of medical and clinical consumables to the NHS annually, as well as leading the Covid Pandemic logistics response and the multi-temperature storage and distribution operations for the national immunisation and Covid vaccine programs.

James joined the NHS in 2014, to lead a £100 million Storage and Distribution services procurement program covering clinical countermeasures, vaccines and medicines, subsequently moving to the Head of Logistics role in 2018.

James brought a wealth of operational experience to his roles within the NHS from a career of over 17 years, leading logistics teams spanning multiple sectors within companies such as DHL, Unipart Logistics and Bibby Distribution.


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