NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards shortlist announced

Award winners at the EIS Awards.

The shortlist has been announced for this year’s NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards, celebrating inspirational examples of businesses, third sector organisations and the NHS working together to improve patient care and support health and care staff during COVID-19.  

The awards are for any organisation which currently supplies goods, works or services to NHS trusts in the North, and any NHS trust in the North. Finalists will be selected from the shortlist and the winners will be announced live on YouTube and Twitter on 22 October.

This year, in recognition of the response of the health and care sector to COVID-19, the awards will consist of three categories:

  • Fighting the virus, recognising organisations demonstrating innovation in supply of a product, process or service which directly supported the response of the health and care system to the virus.
  • Supporting the system, recognising organisations demonstrating innovation in supporting, enhancing or transforming existing areas of health and care or services that were impacted by COVID-19.
  • NHS procurement heroes, recognising NHS procurement teams or members of procurement teams who have provided exceptional support to their trust during COVID-19.

The shortlist is:

Nominee: Bluetree Group
Title: UK manufacturer steps up

Nominee: City Health Care Partnership and Inhealthcare
Title: Launching new technology-enabled services

Nominee: Cock of the Walk Bespoke Tailors
Title: COVID-19-specific surgical gowns

Nominee: Fortrus
Title: Using virtual reality to reduce on-site visits at Liverpool Women’s NHS FT

Nominee: Inovus Medical
Title: Scaling up manufacturing to help in the fight against COVID-19

Nominee: MDS Healthcare
Title: Local manufacturing for our community

Nominee: Medescon
Title: Vertical bed storage for hospitals

Nominee: Patchwork Health
Title: Supporting Liverpool Primary Care Networks through COVID-19 with the implementation of innovative technology

Nominee: Ross Care
Title: Logistical support to care homes

Nominee: SF Taylor
Title: Supporting our customers through the pandemic

Nominee: SIVLive Sheffield Arena
Title: Sheffield Arena’s support during COVID-19

Nominee: Total Signs and Graphics
Title: Visors for care providers

Nominee: York Scrubs
Title: PPE production line – scrubs, surgical gowns and face coverings

Nominee: Baywater Healthcare
Project title: Supporting shielded patients requiring oxygen at home

Nominee: Creativeworld Health
Project title: Suicide prevention during COVID-19

Nominee: Damibu
Title: Liverpool GP websites project

Nominee: Docobo
Title: Telehealth: a rapid reaction

Nominee: Dot Medical
Project title: Exceptional services during COVID-19

Nominee: Fortrus and Mindwave Ventures
Title: Alderplay – a web platform to help reduce anxiety

Nominee: KRTS International
Title: Support for the psychological wellbeing of NHS staff

Nominee: Moving Essence
Title: Dementia support in Morecambe Bay

Nominee: ORCHA
Title: COVID-19 app formulary integration with local NHS health and wellbeing app libraries

Nominee: Safe Steps
Title: Greater Manchester digital care homes COVID-19 response

Nominee: Andy Baker, PPE Lead Sheffield Arena, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
Title: “Our rock”

Nominee: Countess of Chester Hospital NHS FT Procurement Team
Title: To seven days and beyond

Nominee: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS FT PPE Oversight Group
Title: An agile response to managing PPE and safeguarding our frontline key workers

Nominee: Manchester University NHS FT and NHS Shared Business Services
Title: NHS Nightingale Hospital North West

Nominee: Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS FT Receipts and Distribution Manager and Team
Title: Going the extra mile

Nominee: NHS England/DHSC Pathology COVID-19 Supplies Team
Title: Working together to provide testing

Nominee: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT Procurement and Logistics Team
Title: Keeping patients and staff safe

Nominee: St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Procurement Team
Title: Proper procurement heroes

Nominee: The Walton Centre NHS FT Procurement Team
Title: Pandemic procurement heroes

The NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards are organised by the NHS Supply Chain Northern Customer Board and the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for the North West Coast. The awards are co-sponsored by Health Innovation Manchester and Yorkshire and Humber AHSN.

Mick Guymer, Chair of the Northern Customer Board, said: “This year’s awards shortlist showcases some of the pioneering collaborations between suppliers and the NHS in the North which are having a real impact in terms of our response to COVID-19.”

Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, said: “The shortlisted organisations for this year’s awards demonstrate how integral excellence in supply is to good quality healthcare. NHS trusts in our region have established ground-breaking initiatives through excellent relationships with organisations large and small. These relationships have sustained the region’s response to COVID-19, and I look forward to celebrating the hard work and innovation which we’ve seen throughout the crisis.”

Richard Deed, Associate Director of Industry at Health Innovation Manchester, said: “Health Innovation Manchester has been privileged to have worked with many NHS suppliers, both large and small on sourcing and procuring appropriate and innovative products and services to address the significant demands placed on the NHS during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

“These awards provide the opportunity to publicly recognise the work that has been delivered throughout the crisis by the NHS clinical and procurement teams and their many suppliers.”

Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “Innovation and creativity have been essential components of the response of the health and care system to COVID-19. This shortlist demonstrates the value of effective relationships between NHS trusts and suppliers. I congratulate all shortlisted organisations, and look forward to showcasing just some of the work that’s been undertaken in our region this year.”

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