Procurement Newsletter April 2017 - Central Manchester University

Procurement Newsletter April 2017 - Central Manchester University

Joint Procurement Newsletter APRIL 2017 DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Dear Colleague, I am very pleased and proud to write just as we have successfully comple...

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Joint Procurement Newsletter

APRIL 2017


I am very pleased and proud to write just as we have successfully completed our Unification. The past months have demonstrated what can be achieved when Individuals and Teams work together to identify the best solution for our future joint-working. Our engagement and discussion exercise produced 127 Question & Answers; several Departmental meetings incl. one to ones and around 10 updates to our structure! This was a tremendous exercise made easier by the support of our Staff Side and Human Resources colleagues. The UHSM rebanding of our AFC2 roles to AFC3 was a particularly pleasing result reflecting the changed and changing role of those staff. The achievement of banding equity across our two Trusts is a firm foundation upon which to drive forward modernisation and improvement. Our extended International House Offices are now available providing a really professional working environment along with hot desking facilities. In reality, despite all the above our real work starts now! - to provide not just the biggest NHS Procurement Service but also the best - I know that together we will achieve this. Thank you for all that you do.

Simon Walsh MCIPS Procurement Director

Joint Procurement Newsletter TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Amy Emmerson, Purchasing Manager (CMFT) & Stacey Williams, Senior Buyer (UHSM) recently attended Procurex: “On Tuesday 21st March, Stacey Williams and I spent the morning at Procurex England North 2017 at Manchester Central. The event was billed as opportunity to hear about how the procurement industry is adding value, increasing efficiency and proving collaboration offers opportunity. We visited the Keynote Arena and attended the sessions lead by Sean Anstee, Conservative Mayoral Candidate and Leader of Trafford Council; Malcolm Harrison, Chief Executive at Crown Commercial Service and Frank Tudor, Head of Procurement at Transport for Greater Manchester. The event was well attended and gave a good overview of the challenges faced by the wider public sector and the on-going emphasis on collaboration. “

On March 30th, Simon & Ross presented to a group of Dutch trade delegates at Citylabs as part of a Healthcare and Medtech Networking Event. The group had also visited Healthcare Organisations in London and Birmingham, arranged principally SIMON WALSH & ROSS PALMER WITH THE by the Dutch Embassy and more locally by the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO). Ross spoke of the visit:


“Simon and I gave an outline of the history of the NHS and how it is structured as well as how Procurement works in practice at a European, National, Local and Trust level, including an insight into how we operate as a department and the forthcoming unification of CMFT & UHSM procurement departments. Of specific interest to the delegates are the options available for suppliers to access the NHS IT market, which was also discussed. The presentation provoked some interesting & lively debate and was overall a very an enjoyable experience. Importantly the delegation gathered some key information to further enhance their offer to the UK NHS market.”

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WELCOME TO... Nadia Giorgi joined the Creditor Payments Team at CMFT on the 10th of October 2016. Nadia said…


“My role involves processing authorised supplier invoices onto the computerised creditors system, resolving any queries that may arise between the trust and suppliers to ensure invoices are paid on time. Prior to this role l worked at North Manchester General hospital as an invoicing And administration Clerk. So far I have enjoyed being part of brilliant team, I have learned so much and am looking forward to learning more as I progress through my professional development in accounting. In my spare time when l can, I do enjoy running and have taken part in two marathons, looking forward to running my third one this may. Perhaps one year I might manage to convince my team or the department to join me, who knows watch this space .

Jack Philips recently acquired the position of the eProcurement Catalogue Assistant, starting from the 10th April. “I shall be predominantly working at UHSM however, maintaining, uploading and updating our catalogue systems for both GHX and our Local Price Agreements (LPA). Prior to obtaining this position, I helped manage the catalogue, providing analytical support and efficiency as part of my Apprenticeship. I am looking forward to the challenges ahead, working with both CMFT and UHSM.”


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Naveed recently joined the Accounts Payable Team as a Creditor Payments Officer. “I joined the team from Trafford where I worked in orthopaedics, before that I had been working at the University of Manchester in procurement after returning from several years overseas in Australia and New Zealand. I will be working in accounts payable on the NHS invoices with Anna -Marie and look forward to contributing to the team.”

Michael recently joined the Accounts Payable Team as part of his Finance Apprenticeship.


“I am currently an apprentice at CMFT studying Accounting and Procurement. Currently, I am working in the Accounts Payable team and I am enjoying working in this team. They are very helpful when I am at work and are also very supportive of my college work. I gained an interest of finance through my interest in maths and business and saw the apprenticeship as a good opportunity to gain experience to start my finance career. I hope working at CMFT shall help me gain valuable experience to reach my future aspirations.”

Welcome back to Simon who has retuned to the department in the role of Senior Purchasing Manager following his secondments at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and North West Procurement Development Network (NWPD). SIMON DONOVAN

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CONGRATULATIONS TO... Paul was successfully appointed to the position of Theatre Equipment Officer for MRI Theatres. The role itself is new to the Materials Management function offering an excellent opportunity for both Paul and the team to expand the range and depth of excellent cover we provide to MRI Theatres.

Anthony Oba

“I am delighted to be afforded the opportunity to take up a new and exciting role of Theatre Equipment officer. The role is set In a challenging clinical environment In which I am hopeful that my previous knowledge In a clinical setting together with my experience within CMFT PAUL MINSHULL procurement will help us provide an excellent service to adult theatres and allow us to deliver world class healthcare to our patients. The role is an Interesting development In the future of materials management and will hopefully allow us to establish a new direction for us to expand an already fantastic service.” Gareth has been successful at interview for the recently advertised Band 7 Purchasing Manager position in the non-clinical purchasing team following Zeeshan Rehman’s departure. “I am delighted to have been offered the opportunity of taking on the role of Purchasing Manager and am looking forward to the responsibility. I have been with the Trust for a number of years so hope to be able to bring my experience, dedication and enthusiasm when taking on this role. We are GARETH WHITE entering a very exciting period for procurement with the merging of the UHSM and CMFT departments and I look forward to the opportunities and challenges this will bring. “

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Martin left the CMFT Offices to join the UHSM Operational Purchasing Team on the 3rd April 2017.


Anthony Oba

“I look forward to working as part of the Operational Procurement team and hope to contribute to the team’s success in what I am sure will be an exciting time for both Trusts. Thanks to Steve and the rest of the catalogue and compliance team for all your help and support since I joined the Trust – it was great working with you all! Also thanks too to Robert and the team over at UHSM for your on-going support as I continue to learn my new role.” Paul


Stuart has been promoted to E-Procurement Catalogue, Helpdesk & Supplies Supervisor for 12 months from 3rd April 2017. Stuart will be covering for Maria Murphy whilst she is on Maternity.

STUART CLEMENTS Afifa was recently awarded the position of Purchasing Support over at UHSM. “I am looking forward to the challenges that this role will bring on. I believe this role will provide a good platform to advance my skills and knowledge in pursuing a Procurement role in the near future.”


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CONGRATULATIONS TO... Training and Professional Development


Sarah was recently awarded Rising Star Finalist in the We’re Proud Of You 2016 awards, run by the Trust to honour staff members who have gone above and beyond. Sarah generated savings of £1.4 million for the Trust. Sarah’s hard work and dedication has not gone unnoticed and lead to her nomination for the award.

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CONGRATULATIONS TO... ANOTHONY OBA Dominic has been successful in his application as DOMINIC WHITTINGHAM Senior Buyer for the next 12 months. “I’m both pleased and excited to be given this opportunity and I am looking forward to the new challenges and responsibilities of this role in our Corporate team, especially coming at such a key time for our department. I’ve always had a great time working here; from my Material Management days to working as buyer for the Eye & Dental Hospitals on the Clinical team. I have been lucky to have received such tremendous help and support throughout this time from all my colleagues. Again I would like to thank everyone involved for this opportunity and look forward starting my role.”

GOODBYE TO... Abigail Hay will be leaving Akeso & co later this month. She has worked closely with the team and sent this message: “Hi Simon, Linda, Thank you for the kind words. It has been a rewarding two and a half years working with Shelford procurement. I am probably not supposed to admit to having favourites, but I have especially enjoyed working with the team at CMFT. It has been an honour to work with you, I have learned a huge amount and have always enjoyed my visits to Wilmslow Park, where you have always hosted me very warmly. As I mentioned yesterday, Jamie and I will be starting married life by moving to Scotland, which is why I have made the decision to leave Akeso. I will definitely continue to work in the sector and I hope to work together again in the future.

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Anthony left us on the 7th April to take up a position as Procurement Specialist at Health Education England in Leeds. We are sure Anthony is looking forward to his new role and the vastly reduced commute! Anthony leaves with our thanks for all his hard work over the last 2 years and we wish him well for his future career. “It’s been a great ride and you have all been terrific. I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to work alongside you. After a bit of fantasy vacation, I will transition directly to my new role on Monday. I wish you all great success and best regards in the merger SMH projects.“ We wish Anthony all the best in his new role!

ZEESHAN REHMAN Zeeshan left the Trust on 13th April to return to NHS Supply Chain. “I have really enjoyed my time here working with the team on a wide range of projects. I have enjoyed the experience and learnt a lot. I will miss CMFT but am looking forwards to starting a new role back at NHS Supply Chain.”

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Babies Congratulations to Heather and her partner Darren on the birth of their Baby girl, Macy. “Macy Dorothy Gaynor was born on the 11th April at 6:45 pm weighing 9lb 2oz.”

HEATHER HENDERSON & MACY Congratulations to Mark and his partner Cat on the birth of their Baby girl. “Katie Patricia Stevens was born on the 26th Feb weighing 8’10. Mother and daughter are doing great and we have been overwhelmed by the cards and congratulations, we would like to thank everyone for the generous present with which we have purchased a baby sense monitor and movement sensors” MARK STEVENS & KATIE Congratulations to Maria and her partner on the birth of their Baby girl. “I would like you to meet our beautiful princess Lilly -mae born 23/03/17 at 2.06am weighing a whopping 8.12lb. We have one perfectly healthy baby girl and we're all so proud and glad she's here safe and well. . Thank you for the gifts, money and cards (which we still haven't spent, but think we will put it to a MARIA MURPHY & LILLY MAE video baby monitor, when I'm able to go out)”

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