18 September 2003 | Robin Parker
One of the UK's six regional healthcare purchasing consortia has appointed six new staff.
The senior and commodity buyers at the Peninsula Purchasing and Supply Alliance are to help 19 healthcare organisations in Devon and Cornwall cut £5.8 million from their combined £280 million purchasing spend by April 2005.
Each buyer will manage a portfolio of suppliers and market segments across the region.
Ian Shepherd, director of purchasing and supply at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, who is leading the project, said the posts were a vital step in building the joint purchasing strategy.
"Each organisation is starting from a different position and we're trying to set up the infrastructure to ensure best practices are shared."
Four commodity buyer posts have been created: Christopher Spark at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust; Kim Wherry at Cornwall Partnership Trust; Larraine Cheetham at Royal Devon and Exeter Healthcare NHS Trust; and Gary Turner at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.
Two senior buyers have also been appointed: Kathleen Flynn at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust; and Julie Hoare, who is also CIPS south-west secretary, has joined Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust.