News posted 9 December, 2020

MFT’s Procurement Team recognised at National Awards

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MFT’s Procurement Team have been recognised with five awards at this year’s National Health Care Supply Association (HCSA) Awards for their incredible contributions to procurement in 2020.

The team were announced as winners and highly commended in the following categories;

  • Emerging Talent and Development Award – Joint winner was awarded to James Redmond (pictured right) who is a Material’s Development Management Manager in the Scan4 Safety Team.
  • Procurement Consultancy – MFT and NHS Shared business Solutions (SBS) were highly commended with for the NHS Nightingale North West Project.
  • Procurement Team of the Year – Joint winner with NHS SBS for NHS Nightingale North West Project.
  • Procurement Team of the Year – MFT Procurement Team Highly Commended for rising to the PPE Challenge of Coronavirus.

In addition to this, all procurement teams in the UK, including MFT received the 2020 President’s Award, presented by Lord Philip Hunt for their vital contributions during COVID-19.

The virtual conference and awards ceremony took place in November, celebrating procurement and supply chain excellence, best practice and achievement in health service provision.

Her Majesty The Queen commended the work of the entire NHS procurement and supplier community in a letter to the HCSA. Her Majesty recognised both the 60th Anniversary of the Association and the vital work undertaken to support the response to COVID-19, noting the ‘vital efforts’ of all 2,370 HCSA members during the pandemic and offered ‘her best wishes to all concerned’.

MFT Group Procurement Director and Deputy Chief Officer of HCSA, Simon Walsh said: “I am tremendously proud of my Team and all the work they have undertaken. It’s great to see James recognised along with our support to NHS Nightingale North West. The recognition from the HCSA along with the letter from The Queen has meant so much to the MFT Procurement Team and the NHS procurement profession.”

Simon, as Deputy Chief Officer of HCSA personally received the letter from Her Majesty on behalf of members, which you can read here.

The Procurement Department at MFT employs 115 members of staff and is recognised as a leader both in and outside the NHS. The Department is organised into two teams: Purchasing and P2P that work hand in hand.

MFT Procurement has – and continues to – innovate, lead and support change and strive for excellence in clinical and non-clinical areas across MFT. The Trust currently holds level 2 Procurement Standards Accreditation and was judged ‘outstanding’ in a recent CQC Use of Resources review.

The team has faced an unprecedented demand on its resources this year and has received, ordered, distributed and delivered 75 million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) across the Trust and Greater Manchester.

As well as this, the team have serviced 1,775 clinical and non-clinical departments, offices, wards, theatres clinics, health centres and have provided a seven-day PPE service.

The department has also supported Greater Manchester PPE procurement as well as equipping and providing a material management service to the NHS Nightingale North West Hospital.

The Nightingale was commissioned and equipped in two weeks in partnership with NHS Shared business Solutions (NHS SBS), requiring the Team to identify, source, order and expedite over 10,000 items of clinical equipment, whilst also stocking the clinical consumables and managing the PPE stock.

Simon continued; “The Teamwork between MFT and NHS SBS and with the wider project team has been exceptional, demonstrating just how much can be achieved across organisational boundaries when there is such a clear and important goal to be achieved. It is great to be recognised for our contributions to the NHS Nightingale North West Hospital at the Awards and I am so proud of what our team has achieved this year.”

*All photos were taken before the COVID-19 pandemic*