A supplier has been chosen to provide the league table ranking NHS trusts on their efficiency.

AdviseInc will provide the purchasing price index, which was a key recommendation of Lord Carter’s review on improving NHS efficiency.

According to the Carter report, the index will involve “a basket of around 100 products, so that trusts are able to compare their performance with their peers on price and volume”.

The index will develop with more “products added and reported on a monthly basis”, with three sub-categories focused on “common goods, clinical consumables and high cost medical devices”.

The report recommended that NHS Improvement should use the league table to “hold trusts to account” on efficiency.

It added: “In the medium term (one to two years) we would like this to develop into a national analytics and reporting system so that trusts have full visibility of what they buy, how much they buy and what they pay, and how this compares with their peers.”

John Warrington, deputy director of procurement policy and research at the Department of Health, revealed the appointment of professional services company AdviseInc at the Health Care Supply Association’s conference last week.

Mat Oram, AdviseInc’s director, told HSJ: “We are delighted and look forward to working with the NHS provider community and NHSI to support the implementation of the Carter recommendations”