HCSA Summer Conference – Highlights From Sunny Solihull

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Last Thursday (21st June) the Health Care Supply Association held its summer conference in Solihull.

This is a secondary event to the major annual conference in the Autumn, and it is the first time I’ve attended this version, but it still attracted some 200 people. I’ve been going to HCSA events for around 6 or 7 years, and what is noticeable is how the level of seniority has increased over that time. Even for this event, a high proportion of the delegates were heads of and directors of procurement and supply chain from major hospital trusts, as well as CCGs and other associated health bodies.

I gave a keynote in the morning – which we’ll leave for the moment – then we heard from Nishan Sunthares of the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI), the organisation that represents many of the sector providers. He probably had to put a positive spin on the changes coming in the NHS procurement system and landscape, but he sounded convincing when he explained that the organisation hoped to see a procurement approach that was less narrow, price focused, transactional and adversarial! I think we could all buy into that …

He made several interesting points, one being that if one hospital changes its approach, even if it is a positive direction, then it is not easy for industry to change in response, but if 50 change, that is different. So he hopes that the more coordinated approach now developing will help in that sense. He also touched on the post-Brexit picture. The UK is strong in the sector, and the prize is to use data to drive value-based healthcare. “The prize is transformational”, and the NHS needs to see industry as a partner, understand value and the value chain, with procurement as a key enabler in that.

Following him, a highlight of the day was the chance to hear from four senior executives who work for what we must now learn to call the Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL)  – previously known as the “Intelligent Client Coordinator” within the Future Operating Model.

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Source: Peter Smith, Spendmatters

Date: June 26, 2018 4:30 AM