Public Spend Forum – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum (PSF) is a public sector procurement global community and market intelligence platform dedicated to improving public procurement and the public sector market. It tackles universal public procurement issues and on its website you will find articles, podcasts, opinion pieces, community notices, discussion trails and news stories. Some are country-specific, others global. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. If you feel strongly about making a difference in public sector procurement, please join us – follow the links in the summaries below. And follow us @PSpendForum to hear what we've been up to and what we've got in store.

The Value-Based Public Procurement Nurse

We read an interesting article recently from the health care sector about the value-based public procurement nurse. It was written by Paul De Raeve, Secretary General of the European Federation of Nurses Associations (EFN) and makes the case for frontline nurses, who use and have practical experience of a vast range of clinical products, being uniquely qualified to be involved in the process of selecting and purchasing medical products and services. “We are finding that equipment does not always need to be the cheapest … But it does need to be the most cost effective,” one nurse said. Read more on that here.

Techniques for Conducting Efficient, Effective Government Market Research

Public Spend Forum has been covering key tips for better market research in recent weeks and a webinar we held discussed putting those tips into practice. Now available is a recap and full recording of the webinar to give you more information on conducting effective market research, a critical part of any acquisition and procurement process. More information is here.

And in other news ...

Scottish Councils Awarding Less Works to Small Local Businesses 

Public Sector Technology Buying 'Troubling'

Bulgaria Road Tragedy Suggests Corruption-Ridden Public Tender System

Tenders Direct on Pitfalls to Avoid

TfL Award With No Competition



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