NHS procurement has been the focus of much attention at a national level during 2016/17. In February 2016, we received the eagerly awaited final report from Lord Carter of Coles – Operational productivity and performance in English NHS Hospitals. Although the scope of the final report extended beyond procurement, Recommendation 5 provided NHS procurement professionals with an understanding of the expectations and required deliverables that will be reported and measured in the coming years.
Lord Carter’s recommendations encouraged greater collaboration between Trusts and its partners at the highest and widest levels; challenged Trust boards to take steps to improve performance and make the required investment in technology and also improve the sharing of data and good practice across the sector and with industry. There are now six selected early adopter Trusts working with the Department of Health implementing GS1 and we also have a NHS Procurement Transformation Programme lead by NHSI.
There is no doubt that the profile and expectations of NHS procurement, particularly at Trust level will continue to increase. There is some excellent work being delivered in the NHS, much of it through collaboration between NHS organisations, but also with its suppliers so this year’s Conference, Stronger Together provides a great opportunity to share the good work that is going on.
The HCSA 2017 Annual Conference and Exhibition is the leading event in the NHS procurement calendar and Stronger Together will give presenters and delegates unparalleled opportunities to network, share good practice and engage in debate about the future of NHS procurement over two stimulating days.
Designed specifically for procurement personnel, contract managers, commissioners and suppliers, this year’s Conference will bring together expert speakers to discuss how NHS procurement can best position itself to meet the needs of a health care environment subject to increasing scrutiny from politicians, patients and other stakeholders. The Conference is taking place at a critical time and delegates will benefit from both the learning and networking opportunities which will be provided.