Sarah Holliehead Celebrates NHS 70th with Us

Register and reap the benefits

Become a member of the HCSA to gain access to a variety of support tools and services.

Join us

Winter Conference 2021 Countdown

HCSA Job Board

All the latest NHS procurement job opportunities

See the latest jobs..

In honour of the NHS in its 70th year we are celebrating our wonderful staff.

Sarah Holliehead, Head of Procurement, tells us what she enjoys most about her role – “Working with a fantastic, supportive network of national colleagues who are all really passionate about procurement and the differences we can make to the patient. I also love the fact that no day is the same and my work is so varied – there is never time to get bored!”

Sarah’s role is to lead a 12 strong Team and support a £280m Mental Health and Community Trust, a far cry from her start in the working world as a promotor of pre-packed sandwiches (“I spent far too long talking about the size of a flange on a sandwich skillet”). She describes the NHS in one word – “Amazing”

So why choose to work within the NHS, which she has done since 2007? Sarah said: “I think it chose me! I fell into the NHS after taking on some interim work whilst I saved some money to go travelling. Let’s just say, I was hooked, and the travelling fell from my agenda. I haven’t once regretted that decision as I have found my vocation!”

We asked Sarah what her favourite memory of her NHS career is “My first line manager in the NHS was a Chief Executive and he was an inspiration to me – I will never forget him. Seeing him at the 2017 HCSA Annual Conference in his retirement was a very sweet moment. He is the reason I am where I am today” Sarah would actively encourage anyone to consider working for the NHS – “yes it can be frustrating, no it doesn’t always get it right, but my goodness – it is one hell of a rewarding place to work when you see the difference you can make in the role that you have”

Thank you Sarah! #NHS70