An exploration into how businesses can make the most of innovation and procurement strategies in the NHS took place at a recent event in Leeds.
Jointly organised by Medilink and Medipex and hosted by the Leeds office of international law firm Eversheds, the one-day event, ‘Have your say –new innovation and procurement strategies for the NHS’, was attended by 40 healthcare companies, and focused on the Department of Health’s (DoH) major review of the current NHS innovation and procurement system.
Speakers included Miles Ayling, Director of Innovationand Service Improvement at the DoH, who spoke on the potential power of innovation in the NHS and David Pierpoint, Director of Trading for NHS SupplyChain, talked about the future roles of procurement intermediaries.
David Newton, Clinical procurement matron, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, also spoke at the event
The event afforded the opportunity for in depth discussions on the challenges facing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), who are currently both innovating and selling into the NHS. Companies were then provided with a platform to feedback to the DoH about their ideas to improve the new system.
Giles Proffitt, Product Innovation & Operations Manager of Medilink Yorkshire & Humber, said: “I think businesses who attended this session have a much better understanding of the new strategies and how they may affect them and their competition. They are now in a stronger position to make the most this new framework.”
This event followed on from last month’s successful ‘Funding for Innovation’ event, where more than 75 delegates heard about current funding streams for innovation in the healthcare sector.