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BIVDA held our Winter Sustainability Seminar at the Royal College of Nursing in London

By December 16, 2022December 19th, 2022No Comments

BIVDA holds 2 seminar’s each year to keep members up to date on the latest developments and provide training opportunities. Our next Seminar is Thursday 22 Jun 2023 at 2pm. You can register here.

Simon Clarke, Managing Director of BSOL Procurement Collaborative, UHB came to talk to us about the work that his procurement team at Birmingham and Solihull ICS were doing in terms of Sustainability. University Hospitals Birmingham delivered the first Net Zero Operation in the network, they are piloting Net Zero Theatres, they have smarter waste streams, recently introducing metal recovery and have done some work in device & consumable recovery for remanufacture (Vanguard). They have also introduced a Clinical Product Group, and a new Logistic fleet with electric vehicles & a Central Logistics hub, delivering the “last mile”. His presentation can be found here.

He outlined some of the challenges and activities facing NHS Procurement, which include recruitment & retention, restoration & recovery, International & National resilience, supply pressure (stock outs), the energy crisis and of course Suppliers.

Steve Bagshaw from UK CPI, which is a catapult centre of innovation went through the report which was developed from our previous seminar in the summer. This report highlighted some of the systematic challenges facing the IVD industry. This was discussed by members and there will be a workshop in the new year to go into more detail with member companies. The report can be found here. If you or anyone from your company would like to attend this workshop, please contact Helen  and we will determine a mutually agreeable date for the new year.

We then had an update from Lisa Dittmar at NHS England, with the Evergreen and PPN06/20 and PPN06/21 and she was able to answer specific questions from members.

An important point in terms of managed services, is that the PPN requirements are targeted at primary contractors specifically and not sub-contractors directly. We will work with NHS England to provide better guidance on this in the new year.

The new Sustainability Lead for NHS Supply Chain discussed the developments and linkeages with NHS England, and DHSC and went through some of the activities that they are working on.

Finally, Sarah, BIVDA’s Sustainability lead covered a training session on Social Value in tenders. The session sought feedback and comments from NHS Supply Chain, Simon Clarke and NHS England in order to ensure that members can provide the best and highest scoring and relevant answers. She will be covering this in more detail during the webinar on Monday. We look forward to seeing you there! The session will be available shortly within BIVDA’s Sustainability Hub for anyone not able to attend, as the event is full.


Ben Kemp