'PEP process made us a better procurement function'

18 July 2019

NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit (CSU) has been handed a procurement excellence award by CIPS.

The CSU, which works across the health and care sector in the North of England and Midlands, has gained standard level in CIPS’ Procurement Excellence Programme (PEP).

The CSU is part of the NHS and provides purchasing support to integrated care systems, sustainability and transformation partnerships, clinical commissioning groups, hospital trusts and other public sector organisations.

With more than 1600 staff, it covers Staffordshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside, Birmingham and Solihull, the Black Country, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, Leicestershire, Worcestershire and Derbyshire.

Services provided include procurement, transformation and service redesign, financial support, business intelligence, contract management, IT, continuing healthcare, human resources and medicines management.

PEP aims to demonstrate how well organisations are carrying out procurement and supply chain activities and highlight procurement’s role as a fundamental part of an organisation’s business and strategy.

The CSU participated in the programme to raise the profile of its work and test processes, policies, procedures, and people.

Beverley Thomas, head of procurement at NHS Midlands and Lancashire Commissioning Support Unit, said: “The CIPS accreditation process has... made us a better procurement function and provided us with the rigour to explore areas for improvement and innovation.”

Alan Martin, head of procurement excellence at CIPS, congratulated the team. “The team has a large remit and responsibility to support procurement across other departments, so we’re glad for their time and energy in making sure their activities are the best they can be.”

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