Nottinghamshire community services project wins top procurement award

Complex programme aimed to improve community services in the area, tackle inconsistent levels of care and treat people closer to home

A collaborative procurement project to transform community services in Nottinghamshire has scooped a top prize at the 2016 Health Care Supply Association (HCSA) Awards.

The Nottinghamshire Community Services project - a partnership between NHS Arden & GEM Commissioning Support Unit, six Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), Nottinghamshire County and City Councils, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Nottinghamshire Hospice - won the Procurement and Supply Chain Management Collaboration category.

The accolade was awarded in recognition of the procurement and partnership approach taken as part of this highly complex programme to improve community services in the area, tackle inconsistent levels of care and treat people closer to home.

Leading the procurement on behalf of the partnership, Arden & GEM developed an approach that made best use of innovative techniques and technology to fully engage with all stakeholders and maximise efficiency. The procurement, worth £247.38m, combined 10 lots into one procurement approach to benefit from economies of scale and consistency - a process that was completed in just 17 months.

'This was an ambitious programme which involved designing new models of integrated care designed around patients’ needs,' said Tracey Duggan, Head of Non-acute Contracting and project lead on behalf of Nottingham North and East, Nottingham West, Rushcliffe, Mansfield and Ashfield, Newark and Sherwood CCGs. 'It is an excellent example of collaborative working, meticulous planning and efficient delivery, which has transformed the delivery of services to vulnerable people across the county.'

Maria Principe, Director of Contracting and Transformation at NHS Nottingham City CCG added: 'Working in partnership across the city and county in this way meant we were able to standardised the quality of care for patients can expect across the whole of Nottinghamshire while at the same time getting the very best value for the local NHS.'

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