I’m writing this open letter to you, as I’m seriously concerned about the clear lack of coordinated thinking and resistance to action across procurement teams within the public sector. [Read more…]
A MEET the Buyer event is being held by NHS Plymouth.
The event will give local companies, who feel they have a product or service to sell to the NHS, the opportunity to meet procurement specialists.
It has been organised by the Plymouth Medical and Health Sector Network and will take place on Friday May 25 at The Herald offices.
Those attending will have the opportunity to listen to procurement and commissioning specialists from NHS Plymouth and the wider peninsula.
They will be discussing the kinds of goods and services that NHS Plymouth and the wider peninsula will be seeking to procure over the next few years.
There will also be the opportunity for those attending to book 15-minute appointments with members of the procurement team to discuss their requirements on a one-to-one basis.
Carly Bryant, Plymouth Medical and Health Sector Contact, said: “This event is great news for the medical and health sector in Plymouth and will hopefully give those that come along the chance to speak with key decision makers from the NHS.
“It will also be a good opportunity for local suppliers to meet each other and perhaps even forge some collaborations.”
The Meet the Buyer event is running from 9am to 1pm and any company that feels that it has a product or service to sell to the NHS is welcome to attend. To book a free place, visit www.plymouth-chamber.co.uk. Places are limited, especially for the one-to-one procurement appointments. Email here to book a one-to-one 15-minute slot.
Please note this event is not being run by Ocurem, and Ocurem are not responsible for this event.
If you are looking to supply to the NHS then don’t miss the chance to visit the Health Care Supply Association Annual Conference & Exhibition 2011.
Held at the Hilton Manchester, Deansgate, the event boasts attendance from over 100 key procurement personnel and Chief Executives within the NHS.
As well as providing a forum to discuss the impact of reforms and plans for the future, the event will provide an excellent opportunity to network and make contacts in the NHS.
Delegates already booked to attend include Head of Procurement and Commercial Services at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Procurement Director from Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust.
Rates to attend start from £190 + VAT. To book a place or for further information contact 0845 270 7095.
The event is not being organised by Ocurem and therefore Ocurem is not responsible for the event.
Not for the fainthearted, this tender for products designed to keep patients, blood and fluid warm is ideal for specialists who know how to manage ‘the red stuff’.
NHS Supply Chain are inviting tenders as part of a framework agreement expected to last two years and to be worth £55,000,000 and £65,000,000.
If you are interested in this cosy care tender make sure you don’t miss the deadline of 15:00 on 20th May 2011.
The problems varied and ranged from overpayment to suppliers to paying different amounts for the exact same products are some of the examples where costs can be curtailed, according to John Neilson managing director of NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), He is quoted as saying that managers sitting just a few feet away from each other in the same trust could be paying different prices for supplies such as stationery and surgical instruments
A particular pacemaker was bought at 19 different prices while a surgical tool was bought paying 22 different prices. These costs along with high costs of ICT equipment means that the NHS wastes about 12 per cent of its procurement budget each year.
Neilson also pointed out that administrative costs could be brought down significantly if call centers and other administrative activities were outsourced to India. However, he admitted that there are “local sensitivity” issues regarding outsourcing to India however he highlighted that there was no capability issue.
The Patients’ Association is not too enamored about the idea of outsourcing and is worried about the quality of services to patients. “Efficiencies have to be made, but not if the result is that patients are often getting a worse service,” Katherine Murphy, the PA Chief Executive said.
Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council’s 2011 Meet the Buyer Event will be delivered in partnership with Rotherham Means Business 2011, the borough’s first business and enterprise show.
A dedicated Meet the Buyer zone, which is exclusively supported by Business Link, will offer businesses the opportunity to meet with and discuss opportunities with public sector buyers.
Buyers in attendance will include:
- Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
- South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
These buyers represent more than £250million procurement spend in the region.
The Meet the Buyer seminar programme will offer delegates the chance to find out how to do business with the public sector, what future opportunities are coming up and a whole lot more.
For more information call 01709 823816.
Date: 10th March 2011
Start/end time: 8.30am – 4pm
Location: Magna, Rotherham
The event is not being run by Ocurem and therefore Ocurem is not responsible for the event.
zzzzz – don’t sleep through this opportunity!!
University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust has a requirement for static and dynamic mattress service. This is a 3 year deal, full details can be found at https://nwcca.eu-supply.com. or you can contact us quoting reference 2010/S 230-352036
Closing date for tenders is 4.1.2011 – 13:30
This tender is an amazing opportunity for the right supplier. Looking for a supplier to provide chilled prepared food for the following lots:
Initially this will be to Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Units but other NHS Trust will have access to the Contract. The four lots are:
1. NHS Units on Pligrim Hospital Site, Grantham Hospital and Lincoln County Hospital Site;
2. Saxon Ward, Lincolnshire Rehabilitation Unit, Brant Ward, Langworth Ward and Sycamore Assessment Unit;
- 3. Ash Villa;
- 4. Long Leys Bunglelows, Lincoln.
The deal is expected to be a duration of 5 years with an option to extend for up to 12 months.
Deadline for submissions is 10.1.2011 – 12:00