In 1994 a number of hospitals began searching for ways to reduce their buying costs.

Independent Healthcare Procurement (IHP) was first created using the combined purchasing power of a small number of hospitals, IHP developed a strong track record in sourcing low cost, top quality products. Delivery times were fast, customer service was attentive and the billing procedure was highly efficient. As a result, more healthcare organisations came on board. 

Over the past fourteen years IHP has built up a significant Membership base consisting of hundreds of adults' and children's hospices, care homes, doctor’s surgeries, hospitals, public sector unions, residential homes and day care nurseries.

As more organisations join, IHP’s purchasing power increases. Since 1994, this buying power has developed considerably. In 2007 IHP was bought out by Collective Enterprises Limited (CEL). CEL already has a considerable amount of experience in delivering procurement services through its market leading Procurement for Housing (PfH) brand. PfH is the leading purchasing consortium for the social housing sector.

Today, IHP is the only procurement consortium dedicated exclusively to independent healthcare organisations. We understand the needs of the sector and have a proven track record in meeting them.