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NHS Shared Business Services

NHS Shared Business Services sends its warmest congratulations to the HCSA as it celebrates its 60th Year. What a fantastic achievement.

We admire the dedication of the HCSA over the past 60 years, and are fully supportive of the many inspiring and thought provoking conferences, events, training and communications updates they provide to the sector, working hard to provide the platform procurement deserves on behalf of each and every one of their members.

NHS SBS recognises that the HCSA plays a key role in providing access to national and regional networks of procurement professionals and is a critical platform for procurement and supply chain staff communication and engagement across the NHS system at a national, regional and local level.

We send our very best wishes to all at HCSA in its 60th Year and wish you further success for many years to come.

Phil Davies
Director of Procurement
NHS Shared Business Services

NHS Customer Board

The NHS Customer Board would like to congratulate HCSA on their Diamond Jubilee. Being the professional body of all NHS Procurement staff the HCSA has cemented its position as the lead organisation for the development and progression of staff working in the supply function of the NHS.

Ensuring the timely and efficient delivery to site of all forms of supplies is essential to good healthcare. The recent move to charity status creates the sound base necessary for the future growth of the HCSA. We look forward to continuing to work with them and wish them well for the future.

Supply Chain Coordination Limited
Management Function of NHS Supply Chain


Congratulations to the HCSA on your diamond anniversary year in 2020 from me and all your friends at GS1 UK.

Over the last 60 years the NHS has changed beyond all recognition and your organisation has continued to evolve to meet the each new challenge. The HCSA has ensured that supplies and procurement roles are rightly recognised as important careers. There’s no better testament to this than your commitment to personal development – especially through your Procurement Development Programme, which is best in class.

What you and your members do, every day, is not only deliver better financial and supply chain management, thus ensuring greater value for the tax payer, but you also enable the efficient tracking and tracing of products so that they can be found whenever they are needed – helping to improve patient safety.

We are all living through a period of radical change – whether because of financial pressures or the seemingly daily technology changes. The HCSAs strength as an organisation is to recognise these changes and have the leadership, experience and credibility to be an integral part of any change programme.

I wish you very best wishes for the coming year – and the next 60!


Glen Hodgson – Head of Healthcare

NHS Supply Chain (SCCL)

The NHS Supply Chain (SCCL) send their warmest regards and congratulations to HCSA in their Diamond Jubilee year. Our working relationship, objectives and drive to add further value to the NHS front line are as one.

We look forward to many more years of effective collaboration and service.

We can do little about our Past but can learn from the lessons in the Present to help improve and shape our Future”

Jim Spittle. Chairman

Jin Sahota.  CEO

Society of Hospital Linen Services & Laundry Managers

Dear HCSA,

I note that 2020 will be a very special year for the HCSA as it will commemorate 60 years as an association. This in itself is quite an achievement to be proud of, bearing in mind what probably started with several colleagues getting together to share experiences. Who would have thought in 1960 that it would develop into a truly professionally managed organisation that it has become.1

This development is no doubt a credit to those with the foresight and energy that have year upon year sought to improve the status of healthcare procurement.

On behalf of our Society, our members and my fellow officers, please accept our congratulations and best wishes for what aims to be a year of celebrations.


Ian Hargreaves
National Officer
Society of Hospital Linen Services & Laundry Managers

Association for Perioperative Practice

The Association for Perioperative Practice are very pleased to be associated with the HCSA and wish them a very happy 60th Birthday.

Working to support procurement teams at all levels in healthcare the HCSA do a brilliant job developing training opportunities, educational seminars and providing a voice and a network for NHS procurement teams.  Procurement is a vital part of patient care and delivering safe and effective results and HCSA work hard to support procurement in every way possible.

As an organisation that supports practitioners within the perioperative environment, we know the importance of good procurement strategies and have a great relationship with HCSA and work collaboratively wherever possible.

A very happy birthday to everyone at HCSA.

Dawn Stott,

CEO and the Board of AfPP Trustees.


The delivery of healthcare needs to change. Increased demand, a reducing workforce, a move to out of hospital care, more advanced diagnosis, prevention, plus the environmental impact of what we buy/use and less resource in general, the profession needs to adapt to best support. 

HCSA is ’the’ professional body for healthcare procurement, supplies and suppliers and is an organisation we proudly support. Strong procurement and closer working/partnerships with suppliers has never been more important in helping the NHS solve the challenges it faces.  

But it’s also an exciting time. With change comes opportunity and those that embrace the change and adapt will discover a whole world of exciting ways to get stuck in. Data will become the core of decision making across all disciplines and that data will be used to drive improvement across all areas of healthcare in particular procurement. We’ve made a great start these past 3 years, but we’re only just out of the starting blocks. The future is bright…

Here’s to another 60 years of HCSA and our continued partnership.

Mat Oram
CEO & Co-founder


Enabling Healthcare Spend to Stretch Further


Since become more active within Trust procurement I am absolutely amazed at the hard work from all at HCSA. From the various events, training sessions and important communication updates to the sector lobbying – often behind the scenes without recognition – there is so much that goes on to support NHS Procurement and Trust procurement and supply teams. My best wishes on their 60th Anniversary and am sure the organisation will continue to develop and grow over the next 60 years!

Neil Hind

GMHSCP Procurement Lead


Andrew Rudd

Andrew Rudd

Andrew Rudd, a long-standing HCSA member recalls his early days, and in particular ‘Travel Awards’.

In 1973 one of the forerunners of the HCSA, the Association of National Health Service Supplies Officers (ANHSSO) came into force; in 1990 the title changed to the National Association of Health Care Supplies Managers (NAHCSM); and in 1998 the title was again changed to the Health Care Supply Association we know today.

Andrew writes fondly of the ANHSSO, an early predecessor of the HCSA, that used to make Travel awards to (generally youngish) members who put forward a case that a particular visit would provide benefit to the wider UK Health Procurement community. These awards were presented at the annual conference.

He writes that he visited an Amsterdam hospital to see their then-innovative Materials Management function. This included writing a piece for the conference yearbook to pass on the knowledge gained to his colleagues and peers.

Andrew summed up his thoughts that ‘the visit and support of ANHSSSO (HCSA) 30 years ago kick-started his career down a path that led to him becoming both a National Director (with Materials Management responsibility) and Chief Operational Officer of NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA).

He wonders if there are any other ‘Travel award’ stories out there? If you have any walks down memory lane, please send them to and we’ll share them here. Andrew is currently Director at Andrew Rudd Consulting Ltd.

Thanks, Andrew!