Awards win for hospital buyers

Staff from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts procurement team receive the 2016 Excellence in Supply Award organised by the North West Procurement Development organisation.
Staff from Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trusts procurement team receive the 2016 Excellence in Supply Award organised by the North West Procurement Development organisation.
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Staff at Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating after winning a regional award.

The procurement department, based at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, saw off competition from 17 other nominations to win the Supplier Engagement Award at the 2016 Excellence in Supply Awards, organised by the North West Procurement Development organisation.

Head of Procurement at the Trust, Rajan Sethi, said: “These are particularly prestigious awards and we are delighted to have been recognised in such a way.

“The award is testimony to a strong and committed procurement team for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the overall north west region that continually strives to deliver the best for the patients we serve.

“I would like to thank all the members of staff who have worked so hard to win the award and also thank our partners for their invaluable support.’’

Tim Bennett, deputy chief executive at the trust, added: “Quite rightly the focus in the NHS is on front line clinical services. But behind the scenes support functions have a vital role to play as well.

“This award is due recognition of the excellent service the procurement team here at the trust provide.”

The trust’s procurement department also collected a certificate for becoming one of the first in the region to be awarded a Level One accreditation from the Skills Development Network, it was announced yesterday.