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Event / Procurement forum 2024

09:00, 31 January 2024 In-person 110 Rochester Row, London

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The procurement forum was jointly run with the Health Care Supply Association (HCSA).

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About this event

Returning after several years break, the procurement forum once again brought together finance and procurement-based colleagues to explore the benefits of joint working and best practice. The one-day forum engaged attendees with a mixture of keynote sessions, panels and workshops. The programme explored and discussed important topics within procurement such as:

  • ensuring best value
  • ethical procurement
  • how ICSs can better leverage supply chains.

The forum was designed for procurement and finance colleagues within the NHS.

The forum was kindly sponsored by AdviseInc.

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Session content

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Jan 31

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    Preeya focused on national specifications and procurement strategies, shedding light on vital changes occurring across the healthcare supply chain. Attendees gained valuable insights into the evolving landscape of procurement in the NHS. Preeya provided insight into the forthcoming initiatives of the commercial directorate, offering an invaluable glimpse into the future of healthcare procurement.

    Preeya Bailie   / Director of procurement transformation and commercial delivery , NHS England

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    This panel session focused on ICS procurement models, offering insights into the evolving strategies within collaborative healthcare frameworks. The panellists discussed diverse approaches, addressing challenges and opportunities in aligning procurement with integrated care goals. The session touched upon ensuring a diversity of approaches such as balancing the benefits of buying at scale against the benefits of local procurement.

    Lee Jackson   / Managing director , North West London Procurement Services
    Jenny Greenshields   / Chief financial officer CLCH, & chair , West London Procurement Services
    Heather Appleby   / Senior programme manager , North Central London ICB
    Savita Mace   / Chief procurement officer , University Hospitals Sussex
    Matthew Swindells   / President , HCSA
    Workshop A – Procurement law is changing considerably in 2024 – what you need to know about the changes?

    Procurement will change considerably in 2024:
    1. The current position is that the Procurement Act 2023 will come into force in October 2024. The Act will replace the Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
    2. The Health Care Services (Provider Selection Regime) Regulations 2023 came into force on 1 January 2024. These regulations cover off how relevant health care services are procured by relevant authorities.

    This session covers what you need to know about these changes and how day to day procurement will change under these new rules.

    Andrew Daly   / Partner and head of procurement , Hempsons
    Workshop B – How can storytelling save money?

    Hear how a simple approach to storytelling is allowing NHS organisations to better understand the narratives of their finances, leading to clearer change management and savings from analytics. Mat discusses how the approach can be used to effectively spread savings opportunities within organisations, ensuring that efficiencies are adhered to in the long-term.

    Mat Oram   / CEO & co-founder , AdviseInc
    Workshop C – NHS Supply Chain – efficiency in procurement and finance

    With the ongoing focus on recovery of care backlogs, efficiency improvements and unprecedented savings targets, NHS Supply Chain continually strives to deliver a resilient procurement and supply chain service, enabling the NHS to deliver safe and excellent patient care.

    Ensuring finance, procurement and clinical teams have the insights they need to collaborate and deliver value for their patients and the system is key to driving further efficiencies, faster.

    Join Andrew New and members of his Executive team to discuss the activities NHS Supply Chain are delivering in collaboration with you – contributing to the Provider and ICS efficiency plans and the NHS Supply Chain target of driving greater incremental value back to the NHS.

    Andrew New   / Chief executive officer , NHS Supply Chain
    Patrick Butterworth   / Chief finance officer , NHS Supply Chain
    Workshop D – NHS SBS – how NHS finance and procurement can work together to deliver world class strategic procurement

    Lydia and Stephen deliver a joint session on the benefits of finance and procurement coming together to deliver a seamless, strategic procurement service that delivers enhanced customer and supplier experience.

    The session covers what a value-add strategic procurement function looks like, discussing the barriers to achieve this, how to overcome them, and the key role that finance leaders play, as well as the technology and systems needed to enable transformative improvements in processes.

    Stephen Sutcliffe   / Director of finance & accounting , NHS Shared Business Services
    Lydia Sullivan   / Director of procurement, sustainability & social impact , NHS Shared Business Services

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    This session explored the opportunities for finance and procurement to work together to raise efficiency and increase value within healthcare procurement. The panellists shared perspectives from both their respective backgrounds to discuss the benefits of joint working.

    Lee Joseph   / Managing director , NHS London Procurement Partnership
    Nils van de Winkel   / Head of procurement data & performance , NHS England
    Alison Henly   / Chief finance officer and director of performance and contracting , NHS Somerset ICB
    Simon Crowther  / Vice president

    Slides are not available for this session; however, Tom is happy to discuss any follow-up questions or digital, data and technology training queries:

    Tom Slater
    Commercial Director – Digital, Data and Technology
    Commercial Directorate, NHS England
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    This session explored the crucial aspects of assessing and maintaining quality when investing in digital solutions. Against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving digital landscape, attendees gained insights into strategies for evaluating the value, suitability, and longevity of chosen digital products.

    Tom Slater   / Commercial director – digital, data and technology, commercial directorate , NHS England
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