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Excellence in Supply Awards 2013 - Winners Announced

Supply Awards

It was a wet and windy Wednesday 30th October in Wigan, but nearly 200 guests braved the conditions to attend the first regional NHS ‘Excellence in Supply’ Awards. The audience included Suppliers, Trust CEOs, Executive Directors, Clincians, Heads of Procurement, representatives from the Department of Health, Government Procurement Service and NHS Supply Chain.


Catherine Beardshaw (CEO, Aintree University NHS FT &
Andrew Foster (CEO, Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT)
opened proceedings.






Award Results 2013

Category Winner Highly commended
Non-Clinical Support Service Award Dignity Wigs Ltd Rochester Medical Ltd
Improving the Patient Pathway Award Mental Health Service Blackpool Council Housing Options Service Shaw Trust
Community Services Award Rochester Medical Ltd Direct Healthcare Services Ltd
Innovation Award  - Non Clinical Pearl Linguistics SF Taylor
Improving the Patient Pathway Award Children’s Acute Service Medical Services Ltd Enteral UK
Sustainability Award Johnson and Johnson Medical Ltd SRCL Ltd
Small Business Award Paul Hartmann Ltd Vitrolife
Innovation Award - Clinical Vernacare Philips Home Healthcare Solutions
Improving the Patient Pathway Award  Adult Acute Service Cordis Vygon UK Ltd
Supplier of the year Paul Hartmann Ltd



The award category winners

Paul Hartmann Ltd, received the accolade of ‘Supplier of the year’ for their submission:
Dignity for Patients, Efficiencies for All – The HARTMANN Continence Home Delivery Service.
Judges felt that they were dealing with an area which is generally considered a taboo and sensitive subject and had designed a service around dignity and removing stigma with a positive impact on service users, whilst delivering efficiencies to the NHS.



Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive NWC ASHN (left)
with team from "Supplier of the year"
Paul Hartmann Ltd

Neil Clough, a finalist on this years ‘The Apprentice’ was the guest speaker.  Neil, renowned for his “right man, wrong plan” tag on the BBC show, spoke about his journey on The Apprentice, his father’s battle with cancer and the importance of self-belief.  Neil then went on to present the award for ‘Non clinical innovation’.



Neil Clough from BBCs 'The Apprentice'
presents the award for 'Non Clinical Innovation'
to Pearl Linguistics.

The event also gave an opportunity for Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to network with larger organisations:-

"The NW Excellence in Supply Awards evening gave a unique setting for SMEs and larger organisations to come together and cultivate emerging relationships and has resulted in my company pursuing a number of potential opportunities"
Sarah Stoute MD Full Support (Finalist)

And finally…….

NHS NW Procurement Development will now be working closely with the North West Coast AHSN and award finalists to identify opportunities to improve patient care, create efficiencies and reduce costs for Trusts across the region. A summary of the supplier initiatives will be posted on the website in the coming weeks with an update of how these have been taken forward.



NHS NW Excellence in Supply team with Neil Clough

ON BEHALF OF THE NHS NW PROCUREMENT DEVELOPMENT OFFICE AND ALL THOSE INVOLVED WITH ORGANISING THE EVENT - A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL SUPPLIERS AND TRUSTS FOR THEIR SUPPORT.

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