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17 December 2012 | Anna Reynolds
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust claims it is “shaking up” the supply chain, asking suppliers to compete to provide low-carbon catering for its hospital.
The trust is inviting “forward thinking” suppliers who are committed to delivering low-carbon services, to take part in a ‘market information and consultation day’ in January next year. The new contract will aim to lower the amount of carbon in food procurement and reduce food preparation waste. The deal will provide all meals for patients, staff and visitors and has the potential to last up to 15 years. The trust hopes that the new catering contract will be in place by April 2014.
Gaynor Whyles, innovation procurement specialist and director of JERA Consulting, who is supporting the project told SM: “Patterns of healthcare are changing and patients expectations are different. We want to shake up the supply chain and see what innovations are becoming available. This should help us to decide what our procurement strategy should be.”
She added: “We want people who are forward thinking to help us set a new standard that the rest of the procurement community can follow.”
The move is part of the ‘Down to zero' initiative, launched in May by the Prince of Wales' Corporate Leaders Group andThe Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. Companies including BT, EDF Energy and BSkyB have all signed up to the scheme.
The initiative is made up of a series of agreements to look for low-carbon suppliers, including the catering compact of which the Rotherham Trust is a signatory. More information on how to sign up for the supplier consultation day can be found here.