A Happy Diamond Jubilee New Year to you all.
I am honoured to be Chief Officer as we celebrate 60 years of our Association.
The theme of our Diamond Year is ‘Past; Present and Future’ enabling us to honour our history; promote our current activity; and invest in our future.
In the past few weeks we have continued to connect and keep in touch with those figures from the Association’s history who have worked so hard over the years for our membership. The HCSA has always been mindful of its past and in 2020 we hope many of these past colleagues will join us again at our events.
Our Diamond Jubilee website pages are now live with Anniversary messages from partners along with a section looking at our history. We welcome photographs; articles and reminiscences that we can share.
All our members will have the opportunity to receive a special Diamond Jubilee Badge that we hope will be a visible symbol of this year. Our Regional and National Coordinators will be making these badges available shortly.
The present remains the Association’s focus with an increasing requirement to be ‘the voice of NHS procurement‘ especially in England where the challenges of embedding the New Operating Model remain.
The HCSA works closely with NHSSC but is also very mindful that English Trusts have yet to see clear benefit from the new arrangements. We will continue to speak honestly about these issues whilst working collaboratively with NHSSC.
Our Home Countries enjoy a more settled structural landscape whilst facing similar challenges to England in achieving savings and meeting service expectations. I am particularly pleased that despite all the changes of the past 60 years the HCSA has remained a UK-wide body strengthened by the active participation of the Home Countries in our work.
The National Stakeholder Group has become a real ‘engine’ for the development of the Association and we continue to actively recruit to any vacancies that occur. I am mindful that NSG roles are combined by holders with busy day jobs so our HCSA Business Team has expanded its activities in support of HCSA officials.
The Executive continues to support myself and our Trustees in making the key decisions that enable the HCSA to thrive. Mark; Duncan; Ian and all our Trustees have, since charitable status, discharged these new responsibilities mindful of the need to invest our resources wisely.
Our Present and Future is best exemplified by our 2020 Events Programme:
- Annual Golf Day -Wednesday 17th June in Towcester
- Summer Conference – Thursday 18th June in Towcester
- Professional Development Programme – Monday 5th to Friday 9th October
- Autumn Conference – Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th November in Manchester
- Gala Dinner and Awards – Wednesday 18th November in Manchester at a very special venue to be announced.
We are revering back to a two day and two night Autumn Conference to reflect feedback from 2019 attendees.
Our Autumn Conference will be our biggest ever – we are inviting more industry partners than ever before to join us through attendance and exhibiting. We want the largest ever attendance from the NHS and will be doing all we can to facilitate this in partnership with our conference partners, BIP Solutions. BIP have worked with the HCSA for many years and we have been immensely grateful for their services.
The HCSA Corporate Sponsors are a vital part of our family and their support has enabled us to achieve so much. We will continue to work with them to ensure their generous investment is valued.
Our show piece event is our Diamond Jubilee Reception on the evening of Wednesday 3rd June,2020 at the House of Lords by kind permission of the Lord Speaker.
This event will be hosted by our President – The Rt. Honourable Lord Hunt of King’s Heath who has kindly enabled us to use this venue to arrange an event for 250 invited guests.
The invite list will reflect the ‘Past, Present, and Future‘ theme and whilst we sadly can’t invite everyone we would want to, it promises to be an evening to remember.
Finally, I reflect with pride on the work of the HCSA and you as members and the difference we have all made to the work of the NHS.
- We do our job to enable others to do theirs.
- We provide our services to provide their services.
- We are a vital part of the NHS.
It is in this spirit that I wish us all a Happy 60th Birthday!