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NHS Supply Chain and City Hospitals Sunderland finalists at prestigious GO Awards

Wednesday 22 March 2017

On Tuesday night representatives from NHS Supply Chain and City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust were in a packed room of procurement professionals in Manchester for the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.

Shortlisted for the ‘GO Collaboration Award – Health’, the event provided an opportunity for the team that have worked so well together to share in their success of reaching the finals.

Speaking at the award ceremony Linda Nicol, Supply Operations Manager for City Hospitals Sunderland said, “This was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contribution that NHS Supply Chain make to our procurement process and targets.”

NHS Supply Chain’s partnership with City Hospitals first started a number of years ago. Engaging with the trust to develop a collaborative approach to procurement, they have helped the trust make annual savings in excess of £180,000. Their ‘Compare and Save’ work in particular resulted in sustainable standardisation and cost reductions across a range of specialities, whilst ensuring patient safety.

Tailored support from an NHS Supply Chain Clinical nurse advisor was particularly important for the trust. “To have a clinical nurse advisor on hand to share her knowledge has been invaluable,” said Tracey Simms, Contract and Procurement Manager at City Hospitals Sunderland. “Advice on areas of success within other trusts enabled us to benchmark our achievements.” Reports on spending and potential savings also gave the trust the data to make informed decisions on prioritising areas for review.

Karen Hudson, Lead Clinical Nurse Advisor at NHS Supply Chain said, “It has been a privilege to work in partnership with the clinical and procurement staff at City Hospitals Sunderland and to be put forward for such a prestigious award.”

“City Hospitals Sunderland procurement team recognise the value of working in collaboration with NHS Supply Chain,” added Linda. “We look forward to continuing to work in partnership with our colleagues there in the future.”

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