15 November 2001 | Geraint John
An NHS trust beat some of the biggest names in the private sector to take top honours in the third annual Kelly's Awards for Excellence in Purchasing and Supply, held at London's Grosvenor House last night.
North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust and its outsourced procurement partner Surestock, a division of Unipart, won the health category and then trumped the likes of BT, Sainsbury's and Dana Corporation to become the overall winner for 2001.
A full house of over 500 purchasing and supply professionals heard BBC newsreader Michael Buerk announce winners in 14 categories, covering a range of industry sectors and cross-industry initiatives.
The judges singled out North Cheshire as an outstanding example of a public-private partnership that was delivering real value for money, improving technology and processes, developing its people and allowing health-service staff to spend more time on patient care.
Peter Williams, director of group procurement at advertising giant WPP Group, and chair of the judging panel, said: "The North Cheshire Hospital submission impressed the judges by its combination of strategic thinking, clear goals and objectives, and successful execution. It was an excellent example of a strategic alliance with a procurement partner."
Andy McCann, head of purchasing and supply for Surestock, Warrington, who collected the award, told SM: "It was a brave decision to outsource a key function and the trust needed to have great confidence in our ability to deliver. I think we've shown that we can."
He added: "The hardest part was maintaining the focus on the end user - the clinician, the nurse delivering healthcare. Above all else, you must ensure that they are getting a great service."
Other winners included BT Affinitis, which won the technology and telecoms category and best use of an e-marketplace for its online auction systems for surplus stock; and Capital One Bank, which also took two awards in the financial services and best people development initiative categories.
In the public sector, the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions was recognised for its recycled paper programme, while in local government Northumberland Suppliers beat off five other councils and buying consortia.
The full list of winners is as follows:OVERALL WINNER
North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust with SurestockCENTRAL GOVERNMENT
Department for Transport, Local Government and the RegionsCONSTRUCTION
Simons ConstructionLOCAL GOVERNMENT
Northumberland County Council/Northumberland SuppliersFINANCIAL SERVICES
Capital One Bank EuropeHEALTH
North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust with SurestockRETAIL
Sainsbury's SupermarketsMANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING
Dana Spicer EuropeSERVICES
BAATELECOMS & TECHNOLOGY
BT Affinitis e-auction servicesUTLITIES
Yorkshire Electricity GroupBEST USE OF AN E-MARKETPLACE
BT Affinitis e-auction servicesBEST PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Capital One Bank EuropeBEST PURCHASING INITIATIVE BY A SMALLER BUSINESS
Terence Harvey Contract ServicesBEST PURCHASER/SUPPLIER PARTNERSHIP INITIATIVE
Transco and Dataform
For a full list of shortlisted organisations and more information about the Kelly's Awards, click here