22 July 2004
St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust is looking to implement a combined procurement and finance IT system, according to the newly appointed head of purchasing and supply.
Janet Albion, previously deputy head of procurement and hotel services at 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust, said that any new system at St Helens would be considered by other trusts as part of the authority's sharing of best practice.
"St Helens is the lead trust on establishing a wide-ranging e-procurement system," she said. "At 5 Boroughs we implemented an e-procurement system hooked into finance, and I have taken this experience with me to St Helens."
St Helens is one of the 30 trusts in the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority, which for the past two years has been trialling informal joint procurement practices among trusts.
"We are hoping to have a business case with the authority by September on ideas of how the confederation should look and what funding will be needed."
The annual non-pay budget at 5 Boroughs was £20 million. Albion now heads a team of 17 with an annual budget of around £35 million at St Helens, a general hospital with specialisms in burns and plastic surgery. She is based in Prescot, Merseyside.