The HCSA Annual Conference & Exhibition (HCSA Reunite 2020) Keynote Arena will bring together policy makers and thought leaders to present their views on the current and future landscape for NHS public sector procurement in the UK. Hear from leading experts who will discuss the latest policies which impact on purchasing within the public sector.
WELCOME FROM THE CHIEF OFFICER
How time flies! In 2020 we proudly entered our 60th year as HCSA, continuing to deliver current news and updates for our loyal existing and emerging new members. We are delighted to be a recognised part of the changing procurement landscape in healthcare and your valued feedback supports us in providing networking opportunities for you, colleagues, members and suppliers.
This year for our Winter Conference we have a superb line-up of speakers joining us who are aligned to several topical and emerging themes. There are also several workshops to stimulate delegate interaction and debate.
Each year we strive to improve on the content and what we offer our members at Conference. This year is no exception, whilst the format this year has changed, we recognize that much more has changed and there is undoubtedly lots to be learned.
Attending Conference this year will be different! Instead of travelling to the event and enjoying the delightful buffets available, this year everyone can watch from the comfort of their own home/desk/sofa/office/dining table/conservatory!… the choice is yours! Members are welcomed from across the UK and we extend a warm invitation to you to join us.
Whilst we acknowledge that virtual will never replace the benefits achieved from meeting old and new colleagues and developing new and useful contacts and networks face to face. We are convinced that this year, the virtual event will still afford attendees, visitors and sponsors the opportunity to still be able to engage via virtual dialogue options available via all of the presentations and sponsor booths. We have created a programme that will showcase some of the excellent work that happens across the NHS and will provide updates and reflections from key speakers across the government and the NHS.
I hope we will continue to build upon the last couple of years, bringing you even more value as part of my fourth conference as Chief Officer of HCSA. In 2020, we aim to maintain and enhance what we offer, delivering the high-quality standards that you should expect from HCSA as we embed our newly acquired charitable status.
It’s no coincidence that this year’s conference theme is The Past, Present and Future. Changes are here and happening, none more so since March. We know from experience that change can work better when co-delivered. This year has showcased the “important role” for all procurement staff across all specialities, be that Trust, Mental Health, CCG, Community. Much progress has been made over the past few years to bring commercial ownership and accountability to our organisations under a common framework that we have built together, promote together, and share together.
Covid-19 has put procurement and supply chains centre stage, over the coming years as we see digital transformation evolve, we must consider how the workforce can adapt and upskill to be ready for new technology solutions.
We must also consider the impact on sustainability, the phenomenal rise in PPE has highlighted, once again, the impact of disposable products on our planet. We must consider and study alternates and seek to find solutions.
Join us at Conference; take in the new “virtual” atmosphere and content, network with colleagues, work hard as you learn new things, soak up the information provided, enjoy and join the debate. We aim to equip you to return to your organisation energised and positive ready for the changes and transformation of NHS Procurement.
Chief Officer HCSA