The Health Service Journal (HSJ) and Cook Medical recently organised a workshop in best practice in procurement in the NHS. Procurement chiefs from across from major UK Trusts discussed how their departments were evolving to meet the financial and structural challenges in the NHS and how a collaborative model around clinical engagement was required. Andy Harris, head of procurement at University Hospitals Birmingham, stressed collaboration should be based on “mutual benefit, not forced” citing the The Shelford Group as a good example of cross-discipline collaboration.Clinical engagement was a key topic with Andy McMinn, chief procurement officer at Plymouth Hospitals Trust adding “clinicians should be part of designing the supply chain”. Other discussions focused on leadership and attracting talent to the procurement function with Ms Pia Larsen, director of procurement and supply chain at University College London Hospitals encouraging a ‘superheads’ education model to help guide graduate trainees.
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