21 August 2003 | David Arminas
Simon Walsh has been appointed to the new position of director of purchasing and supply at the Central and South Manchester Hospitals Consortium.
Walsh said the hardest job for purchasers in the newly created consortium would be to make procurement in the previously separate two trusts a more tightly focused, single unit.
"The biggest challenge is to make the trusts work more closely together and raise the profile of procurement across the seven hospitals that make up the consortium," he said.
Before the creation of the consortium, the heads of purchasing in the two trusts did not report to the board. "In my new job I report directly to an executive board member for the consortium, which reflects the importance now placed on procurement strategies," he said.
Walsh moved from the NHS in east Lancashire where he was head of procurement with an annual budget of £80 million. The annual non-pay budget for the new consortium is around £200 million.
Walsh also wants to improve relations with other hospitals in the Manchester area and is looking into more co-ordinated purchasing deals with them.