PASSIONATE ABOUT PROCUREMENT
How often do we hear “Change is a constant in the NHS across the UK”? The NHS is facing significant change in the way it is organised and inevitably this will have an impact on those engaged in NHS procurement, commissioning and the wider supply chain. The resources available appear to be getting proportionately smaller; demand and expectation is increasing and the need for improved efficiency delivery has never been higher.
As Winston Churchill said, “Never waste a good crisis.” There is no better time for us to be ensuring that our human resources are ready for the challenge, capable, flexible, responsive and credible – for whatever the future NHS landscape might demand.
We need to develop knowledgeable, informed, inspirational, innovative and progressive procurement leaders to influence and map the journey we need to take. To support this, we need robust systems linking spend information to our patients. This will enable us to sensibly benchmark data with confidence that the results are accurate and reliable and to engage with the right partners in order to innovate and deliver the appropriate solutions. And, so that we can make sure good practice is shared for the wider benefit of the NHS, we need to network effectively and openly as a profession.
This year’s Conference theme is Passionate about Procurement. HCSA wants this Conference theme to offer optimism and positivity. We want delegates to be able to celebrate the successes rather than the failures of NHS procurement. There is good work going on in Trusts and other NHS organisations throughout the UK, much of which is developed in collaboration with our supplier partners – so let us use this time in Solihull to promote it!
The HCSA Annual Conference and Exhibition is the premier event in the NHS procurement calendar and Passionate about Procurement will give presenters and delegates unparalleled opportunities to network, share good practice and engage in debate about the future of NHS procurement over two stimulating days.
Designed specifically for procurement personnel, contract managers, commissioners and suppliers, this year’s Conference will bring together expert speakers to discuss how NHS procurement can best position itself to meet the needs of a health care environment subject to increasing scrutiny from politicians, patients and other stakeholders. The Conference is taking place at a critical time and delegates will benefit from both the learning and networking opportunities which will be provided.