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Next steps for procurement in the NHS - legislation and regulatory change, implementation, ICS and local priorities, competitive frameworks, supply chain resilience, innovation and delivering social value

Morning, Thursday, 20th October 2022


This conference will discuss the future outlook for procurement in the NHS


It takes place with:

  • the Procurement Bill in Parliament, with provisions for awarding and managing government contracts, and ambitions to deliver more efficiency and value for money following Brexit 
  • the placing of integrated care systems on a statutory footing, and changes to the procurement of healthcare services to support collaboration and integration in local health systems
  • changes introduced by the NHS to the criteria for commissioning goods and services, in line with the Government’s Social Value Model

The conference will also be a timely opportunity to discuss the direction of government policy under a new Prime Minister and its possible impact on procurement.


Areas for discussion include:

  • the NHS Provider Selection Regime:
    • tackling challenges around delivery of new procurement regulation and moving away from unnecessary competition
    • collaboration on pathway design, and supporting efficiency and effective delivery
  • issues for integrated care systems:
    • navigating changes to local commissioning of health services, developing effective commissioning models in ICSs, and removing barriers to integration
    • achieving value for money
  • net-zero:
    • assessing procurement as an enabler in achieving net-zero within the NHS and its supply chain, and opportunities for innovation and technology
    • examining the way forward for classifying and recognising suppliers’ progress in sustainability
  • supply chains:
    • priorities for achieving resilience in critical equipment and supplies, and collaborating and monitoring to reflect levels of threat to health security
    • creating supply chains closer to home and improving self-reliance
  • social value - strategies for implementing procurement to provide more than value for money, including addressing health inequalities and modern slavery
  • digital - opportunities for innovation and automation to improve efficiency within the supply chain

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Edward Jones, Senior Policy Advisor, NHS Confederation ICS Network; Matthew Rees, Director, National Audit Office; and Vaishali Baid, Senior Consultant, Sustainable Procurement and Social Value, Action Sustainability, which supported the UK’s involvement in developing the international standard for sustainable procurement, ISO 20400.



Keynote Speakers

Matthew Rees

Director, National Audit Office

Edward Jones

Senior Policy Advisor, NHS Confederation ICS Network

Vaishali Baid

Senior Consultant, Sustainable Procurement and Social Value, Action Sustainability

Keynote Speakers

Vaishali Baid

Senior Consultant, Sustainable Procurement and Social Value, Action Sustainability

Matthew Rees

Director, National Audit Office

Edward Jones

Senior Policy Advisor, NHS Confederation ICS Network

Chairs

Peter Dowd MP

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Healthcare Infrastructure

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

President, Health Care Supply Association; and Treasurer, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group

Speakers

Graeme Cameron

Chief Executive, Pennine healthcare

Dylan Young

Partner, Capsticks Solicitors

Dr Houyuan Jiang

Professor of Management Science, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge