Go Award
Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust honoured at national procurement awards
20 March 2012

Tameside Hospital’s cutting edge approach to repairing and replacing surgical instruments has been recognised at the UK’s only national awards which recognise excellence in public sector procurement.

The organisation was highly commended in the GO Procurement Innovation or Initiative of the Year – Health and Social Care Organisations category at the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards.

The Trust was recognised for its work in partnership with Sheffield based supplier B.Braun Medical Ltd to develop a surgical instrument managed service that is both innovative and unique to the NHS and which has delivered financial savings for the hospital while improving services for patients.

Liam Reynolds, the hospital’s Deputy Procurement and Commercial Services Manager, said: “Tameside Hospital is proud and extremely honoured to receive this award, particularly in light of the high quality of finalists in this category.

“The GO Awards clearly demonstrated that public sector procurement has an abundance of talented and brilliant procurement professionals who are each making a positive contribution to the increasing profile of our profession.”

The managed service involves surgical instrument sets being routinely removed from the hospital for planned maintenance at B.Braun’s Technical Service facility in Sheffield. All instruments are repaired, refurbished or replaced if irreparably damaged so that the returning set is in a good as new condition. The increased availability of fully functioning surgical instruments has led to reduced surgical times and therefore better patient outcomes, improving patient care and subsequently reducing hospital stays.

Judges described the initiative as being strongly focused on patient benefits as well as cost savings, and also helped to reduce waiting lists, eliminate weekend working and reduce the length of stay for patients.

The National GO Awards, organised by procurement specialists BiP Solutions, are the only awards dedicated to public procurement in the UK.

Winners and those highly commended were announced at a ceremony held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on the first day of the Procurex National 2012 exhibition.

Grahame Steed, Managing Editor of Awards sponsor Government Opportunities (GO), said: “Once again the National GO Awards have set the standard for public procurement across the country. In difficult times, it is clear to see that buyers and suppliers are rising to the challenge of delivering better services for less, and the GO Awards are the perfect way of sharing and showcasing some of the best initiatives from the past year. Every finalist had a compelling story to tell and those that have gone on to further success in the awards deserve all the recognition they get.”

The National Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement Awards were established in 2002.