Simon Bennett Wins Regional Procurement Award

Our Business Improvement Engineer won an award recently, which recognised his outstanding contributions to Procurement for the three Trusts that we serve.

Our very own Simon Bennett was the winner of NHS Procurement Outstanding Contribution Award at the Excellence In Supply Awards' virtual ceremony on Thursday 23rd September.

The NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards 2021 celebrates the development of inspirational collaborations between the health service and its suppliers across the North of England – many prompted by the fight against COVID-19.

  Here's what Simon had to say after winning the award: 

“There were some great competitors and organisations that are larger than us, so I did not think I was going to win this award. However, when the presenter was reading out some of the achievements under my entry, I was quite proud of the work that was being recognised, because it was the result of teamwork across the whole of the Logistics & Supply Chain department.

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“I’m happy to have raised the profile of Logistics & Supply Chain, as during these events we can easily be overlooked, due to the focus on purchasing/savings element of procurement. This just goes to show that Logistics & Supply Chain is a very important element of procurement. Winning this award would not have been possible without the efforts of every person in the department and all the teams across all Trusts. This achievement is for all of them.”

Because the awards ceremony was held virtually, the award was finally presented to Simon on Wednesday 26th September, outside of Parkview at the ELHT site.

Mike Doyle, Deputy Director of LPC said, “Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, is when the hard work that Simon and his team have been doing for many years has really shone through. I’m absolutely delighted for Simon and the whole Logistics & Supply Chain department, it’s 100% well-deserved.”

Naila Draper, finished in the top 3 of a procurement event that was held over five days by the Health Care Supply Association (HCSA).

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Naila Draper (far right) was one of the top 3 at this event. 

The HCSA's Procurement Development Programme (PDP) has been developed for procurement professionals within the NHS. The PDP is focused on obtaining increased value from an individual's procurement activities, ensuring they will also be able to use the most important concepts in procurement and apply these in their work to develop more effective business relationships.

The PDP courses have been designed and developed by experts with a strong background in public service procurement and supply chain management.All participants learnt from trainers who have supplier and contract management experience.

Congratulations to Naila for this great achievement!

2021 Lancashire Procurement Awards Round-Up

This year we have been nominated for many awards and quite proudly we even won one of the awards that we were nominated for. So, let's start this round-up with that.

Excellence In Supply Awards

Our Business Improvement Engineer, Simon Bennett, was the winner in a category that consisted of LPC colleagues Beata Dzivuksle and Deborah Bolton as finalists for the NHS Procurement Outstanding Contribution Award, at the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Award. Click here to see the finalists at this year's awards. 

CIPS Excellence in Procurement Award 
Next up is the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Award, where The LPC was finalists against some strong competitors, for Best Response to Supply Chain Resilience in a Crisis - Public Good. We narrowly lost out to the Cabinet Office's Government Commercial Function for their work - which was the same as what The LPC had done - but on a huge national scale. Vey well deserved for them, to read more about their hard work, click here.

CIPS Excellence in Procurement Award - Special Mention
The overall winners at this event were Vaccine Taskforce for their incredible work to roll out vaccines during the pandemic. In just over eight months the Vaccine Task Force identified, procured and deployed the first vaccines in the world.  Half the UK population have had a vaccine and supplies continue. In addition to successfully tackling what was widely believed to be an unachievable ask within unachievable timescales, the adversities overcome include worldwide material shortages, port closures, Brexit and EU export restrictions. They received a standing ovation from everybody and rightly so. Click here to read about their incredible work 

GO Awards

Finally, the GO Awards. Unfortunately we weren’t winners at these awards. We were a small fish in a pond full of bigger fish – there were organisations such as Ministry of Defence, Department for Work & Pensions, and Northern Care Alliance alongside us in the finals. The mere fact that we got to the finals was incredible. To see everyone that was nominated, click here.