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Westminster Health Forum to host a conference event on NHS Procurement in the Autumn

By August 5, 2022August 12th, 2022No Comments

Westminster Health Forum is hosting a policy conference on the future outlook for procurement in the NHS. It takes place on Thursday 20 October 2022. Speakers include: Edward Jones (Senior Policy Advisor, NHS Clinical Commissioners), Matthew Rees (Chief Executive, National Audit Office), Vaishali Baid (Senior Consultant, Sustainable Procurement and Social Value, Action Sustainability) and Graeme Cameron (Pennine Healthcare) and Mary Mundy (Capsticks Solicitors).

It takes place with:

–        the Procurement Bill in Parliament, with provisions for awarding and management of government contracts and ambitions to deliver more efficiency and value for money following Brexit

–        the placing of integrated care systems on a statutory footing, and changes to the procurement of healthcare services to support collaboration and integration in local health systems

–        changes introduced by the NHS to criteria for commissioning of goods and services to fall in line with the Government’s Social Value Model

The conference will also be a timely opportunity to discuss the direction of government policy under a new Prime Minister and its possible impact on procurement.

Areas for discussion include:

  • the NHS Provider Selection Regime:
    • tackling challenges around delivery of new procurement regulation and moving away from unnecessary competition
    • collaboration on pathway design, and supporting efficiency and effective delivery
  • issues for integrated care systems:
    • navigating changes to local commissioning of health services, developing effective commissioning models in ICSs, removing barriers to integration
    • achieving value for money
  • net-zero:
    • assessing procurement as an enabler in achieving net-zero within the NHS and its supply chain, and opportunities for innovation and technology
    • examining the way forward for classifying and recognising suppliers’ progress in sustainability
  • supply chains:
    • priorities for achieving resilience in critical equipment and supplies, and collaborating and monitoring to reflect levels of threat to health security
    • creating supply chains closer to home and improving self-reliance
  • social value – strategies for implementing procurement to provide more than value for money, including addressing health inequalities and modern slavery
  • digital – opportunities for innovation and automation to improve efficiency within the supply chain

Please register to book your place at the seminar at this page.

Natalie Creaney