Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from This Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market. In Europe alone, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies. Worth doing well, you might consider.

Part of the PSF site is dedicated to Europe-related issues, and that is where you will find our articles and news stories from this week. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us – follow the links in the summaries below.

UK's New Health And Social Care Network - More Open Market For Suppliers

The Health and Social Care Network (HSCN) is a new data network for health and care organisations, across the UK; it is designed to help integrate and transform health and social care services by giving them access to, and enabling them to share, information more widely and efficiently. This replaces the existing network and the transition to the new digital service has begun. Here are some details on what NHS Digital is doing to provide guidance and advice to help the transition to HSCN - and of course there are two perspectives you can read on Spend Matters - here and here.

Tax Payer Rip-Offs - Could They Sweep A Left-Wing Government Into Power?

Peter gets onto his 'expounding plank' this week after listening to Jeremy Corbyn speaking to the CBI, which made him think how much of his content that we might have seen a few years ago as really quite “left-wing” or radical is now sounding more like common sense. The re-nationalisation of privatised industries being one example. That takes him onto the feeling that citizens are being ripped off by a small group of super-rich individuals and the firms (and indeed politicians) that support them, and how that mood could sweep Corbyn and the most left-wing government we have seen in the UK for 60 year or more into power.

Procuring For Agile In The Public Sector - Is It Already Too Late?

PSF member Martin Medforth, an experienced procurement consultant, posted his thoughts on whether there is actually such a thing as procurement for Agile, and if there is, can it exist within the public sector? He goes on to discuss: "One of the useful things about Agile methodology is that it breaks the traditional "iron triangle" of scope, cost, and schedule. Fundamentally only cost and schedule are fixed at the outset, with the detailed scope being worked out through a series of Sprints. However, this begs the question, 'how do we know what to procure if the full scope is not understood?' The very nature of the question though confuses traditional and agile methodologies. From a procurement point of view, we need to learn to be less concerned about what is in scope and more concerned about how the scope will be delivered.




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