Health Care Supplies Association Dinner and Awards

- November 20, 2014 5:20 PM | Categories:

The glittering Health Care Supplies Association Dinner tonight was really very enjoyable. Very good food actually (Hilton Manchester Deansgate – respect) , liked the piano player, well done to Lord Hunt for speaking at the event today and at the dinner, unlike certain other Lords who didn’t turn up. Simon Walsh, current chair, has a future as an MC or stand up comic – he’s great, the only problem is, he is so dry in his delivery I sometimes thing he’s being funny when he isn’t. Or maybe he is… He’s great anyway, and John Effingham did a brilliant job […]

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Circle Subcontracting Back to Local Hospital – Rejected!

- November 20, 2014 7:30 AM | Categories:

Bedford Hospital Trust refused to sign a contract to become a subcontractor of private healthcare provider Circle Partnership earlier this month amid fears that the arrangement of Circle’s musculoskeletal (MSK) service could endanger the trust’s trauma and accident and emergency services. In April, Circle was awarded a five-year contract by Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to run Bedfordshire’s £120 million integrated musculoskeletal service. The deal merges 20 separate contracts into a single service run by Circle. At the time, the CCG praised the deal as providing a “pioneering new service” which would help patients get faster and more appropriate treatment […]

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Exclusive! Lord Carter Snubs NHS Procurement Conference – HCSA Delegates Distraught!

Peter Smith - November 20, 2014 4:31 AM
The big news from the HCSA (health care supplies association) annual conference in Manchester is that Lord Carter, who Chairs the NHS Procurement and Efficiency Board, isn’t ... more ▸

4C Is Recruiting Procurement People – Ed Ainsworth Spills the Beans

Peter Smith - November 20, 2014 12:20 AM
Our new sponsor, 4C Associates, a leading procurement services firm, is recruiting procurement people via its advert that you can see just to the right of this article. We thought... more ▸

Social Media and Why Procurement People Should Be Adopting It (part 1)

Peter Smith - November 19, 2014 7:31 AM
At the recent ProcureCon Europe event, there was as always a Twitter hashtag, so we could see what other delegates were saying and make some linkages. Out of over 150 people there,... more ▸

Eggs, Gershon and NHS Procurement of Temporary Staff

Nancy Clinton - November 19, 2014 4:33 AM
We are delighted to bring you this post from John Milton, Business Development Director, Comensura, supporting our Health Services topic for November. The NHS faces mounting pressu... more ▸

Investing in P2P, Trade Financing and Procurement Tech: Where the Smart Money Is Plus

Jason Busch - November 17, 2014 6:24 AM
This year, I’ve spent what feels like about half my time working “around” the money side of this sector with a range of individuals, private firms and providers evaluating, m... more ▸

Best of Spend Matters Network – Week of Nov. 10 Plus

Kaitlyn McAvoy - November 14, 2014 10:05 AM
Check out all the best articles published this week on the Spend Matters Network! ... more ▸

Where Zycus Can Improve in the End-to-End Procurement Suite Big Leagues pro

Jason Busch - November 14, 2014 2:31 AM
Earlier this week, we published the first in a two-part series offering perspective and recommendations on what Zycus, a procurement suite vendor, is doing right. But no provider i... more ▸

Supplier Relationship Management: Where Is It Going? Are You Keeping Pace? Plus

Thomas Kase - November 13, 2014 10:27 AM
Supplier Relationship Management (SRM): there is probably no other solution set in supply chain these days that is sold in so many incarnations – it’s a wild list of acronyms: ... more ▸

Zycus: Welcome to the End-to-End Procurement Suite Big Leagues (The Good) pro

Jason Busch - November 12, 2014 10:14 AM
Earlier this week, two members of the Spend Matters research team, Pierre Mitchell, chief research officer, and Jason Busch, founder and managing director, spent a couple of days d... more ▸

50 Shades of Pay – Shade 9: The Magic Cube (Analyzing it) Plus

Pierre Mitchell - November 11, 2014 6:23 AM
In Part 1 of this Shade 9 Plus article, we discussed building your “spend cube.” Now that you have done that, the real fun begins: finding savings opportunities! Certainly, fin... more ▸