A single NHS Trust manages millions of pounds worth of equipment at any one time and these can range from bed pans to the latest cancer treatment. It is the job of the NHS Stores teams to ensure that there is a constant stream of essential supplies available and delivered to departments when needed. Usually it is only the larger NHS Trusts which will have the need of a Stores team due to the amount of equipment they store.
The Stores team are responsible for stocktaking and as such need excellent attention to detail. They also work very closely with the NHS Supply Chain who handles logistics and procurement services for the entire NHS. On the job training is usually available in a role with the Stores team and external courses and opportunities to earn professional qualifications are sometimes available for more senior members of the team.
For non-managerial positions there are often no entry requirements for roles with NHS Stores teams. Some trusts have been known to offer apprenticeships; which is a fantastic way to join an amazing organisation like the NHS and work your way up the ladder. As you progress your career some academic or professional qualifications may be required for senior management positions.