MFT and Northern Care Alliance Highly Commended in national Go Awards

News posted 1 October, 2021

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THE procurement team behind a new NHS image sharing platform in Greater Manchester (GM) have been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Go Awards 2020/21.

The cutting edge technology allows medics to instantly share high-quality scans and clinical images across hospital and other sites to inform better care and treatment for the patient.

The Go Awards celebrate the very best procurement achievements from across the UK’s public, private and third sector organisations.

The Collaborative Imaging Procurement Programme team, a partnership between MFT and the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), were ‘Highly Commended’ in the ‘Best Procurement Delivery – Health and Social Care’ category.

The NCA brings together the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute trusts and operates hospitals and community services in Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale.

The programme team procured the Greater Manchester Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), which is used across eight GM NHS provider organisations.

In addition to the NCA and MFT, the other trusts involved are:

  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Chris Sleight, Chair of the Collaborative Imaging Board, Programme Director for Greater Manchester Imaging Network, and Greater Manchester Programme Director for Diagnostics, said:

“I am very proud of everyone involved in the procurement of PACS which is a game changing technology for image sharing in the NHS and which is already having a very positive impact on patient care across Greater Manchester. This is helping with recovery and management of the pandemic. The new system will also facilitate future use of further cutting edge developments in imaging. Well done everyone!”

Cat Grant, Director of Informatics Commercial Services for MFT, and procurement lead for the GM PACS programme, said: “I am incredibly proud of the team for procuring this innovative solution against challenging timescales.”