Down the Procurement Pub with the NHS, Politics and Bausa

We’re not quite back in the swing yet for 2018, so another reminder of happy 2017 times with a picture from the CIPS wine tasting last year.

We’ve just had the first list of CIPS Fellows events for 2018 and very impressive it looks too – well done again to Shirley Cooper and her team.


So much news from the NHS this week and we’ve got a series of articles next week looking at what we think is a fundamental issue for the Health Service, an issue which has a real procurement aspect. In the meantime, more winners have been announced for the NHS collaborative procurement “future operating model” initiative, which we’ve written about previously.

The four “category towers” have gone to DHL (the NHS supply chain incumbent provider), who will run the large diagnostic capital devices tower; Foodbuy, part of Compass, who will run the food tower; Akeso & Company, covering diagnostic equipment and consumables, and North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative, which was awarded a £12.5m contract to provide the hotel services tower. Well done to those organisations.


The re-shuffle of UK government ministers has left us with yet another “minister for procurement”. We would argue however, that we unfortunately haven’t really had a minister for procurement since Francis Maude moved on. At the top Cabinet Office ministerial level, we now have David Lidington, and at junior minister level, where the procurement interest is more likely to be strong, it looks like Oliver Dowden or Chloe Smith (who I think had procurement in her portfolio under Maude for a while), will pick up that brief. We’ll look at this in more detail next week too. There’s also a new shared services strategy for government from the Cabinet Office which we will be reading over the weekend!


And here is the number 1 hit in the Austrian chart this week – Bausa with Was du Liebe Nennst. Not bad, we’ll explain why we’re featuring this next Friday! He is a German R'n’B / rap artist, and this appears to be pretty much his first single – can he break through in the English-speaking world though?

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  1. Bill Atthetill:

    Mmmmmmm. Great to see that Oliver Cock is once aligned to the NHS. However, What if Johnson and Johnson’s Strategic Sourcing team had won the Ortho category tower? Or Medtronic’s had won the one for cardiology? Or DHL were running the procurement of the new Logistics service?

    The strategic buying team of Compass has just won the tower to buy food, and Compass provide a lot of food contracts across the NHS. “Our biggest customer is Compass Group, the world’s leading foodservice company.”

    Or have I missed something?

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