Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum Europe is dedicated to European public sector procurement, and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for public procurement and the public sector market. Around Europe, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by government and public sector bodies of some sort. Worth doing well, you might consider. So here is a roundup of what we were discussing this week. If you find anything interesting, please click through to the full article:

Public Sector Procurement Collaboration - Please Complete Our Survey

At the kick-off meeting of the Public Spend Forum Best Practices Exchange, a group of senior public procurement leaders got together to talk about the idea of a cross-sectoral group that could drive better practice, understand and exchange knowledge across the whole UK public sector. The goal is to carry out research that will be useful in terms of identifying good practice and suggesting improvement actions for public bodies. With that mind, we are asking public procurement sector professionals to complete our survey on collaboration between multiple buying organisations. We will share the results with you.

Adult Social Care: The Problem with Personalisation (Part 1)

Personalisation has been a watchword of the UK’s adult social care system for some time now. The premise is sensible; give people more choice - both in the type of care they receive and how much control they have over it - and the ‘outcomes’ for those people should be greater. At the same time the premise means councils should be able to make care budgets - their second largest area of spending - go further to deliver more. It’s a win-win, or at least it should be, but many local authorities are struggling to make personalisation work. Experts at Younifi explain the problem.

Adult Social Care: The Problem with Personalisation (Part 2)

In the second part of this post from Younifi, we take a look at what is standing in the way of local authorities in the UK delivering against the modern demands of The Care Act - in particular achieving the desire for personalisation in adult social care. It gives three clear areas of the changes required to make both personalisation and value for money work in adult social care.

Procura+ Awards - A Look at the Innovative Procurement Finalists

The Procura+ Awards reward, encourage and then showcase public procurers that adopt a more innovation-led approach to buying that will ultimately be for the good of the community. They recognise three categories of excellence: Sustainable Procurement of the Year, Innovation Procurement of the Year and Tender Procedure of the Year. Six finalists have been chosen and we are compiling a run-down of each entry over the next few days before the winner is announced on November 30th. Today's entries are the first two under Sustainable Procurement: City of Copenhagen - organic fruits and vegetables and City of Wageningen - furniture for the refurbished City Hall.

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