New women's network announced for health procurement

8 March 2022

A healthcare procurement organisation has announced plans to build a women’s support network for the profession.

The Healthcare Supply Association (HCSA), which supports procurement and supply chain professionals in the NHS, will be sending out questionnaires over the coming months to get feedback on how the network can help its membership.

Clara Purnell, deputy chief officer for the HCSA, said in a video marking International Women's Day (IWD): “We’ve been working in the background to get to terms of reference, what will it look like, and how it will be delivered.

“We have taken the time to speak to a number of individuals at events through meetings and one-to-ones, which should hopefully give us a good foundation to build upon.”

Meanwhile, the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA), which represents over 100 public sector organisations, said IWD – with the theme this year of #BreakTheBias – “challenges us to take responsibility for our thoughts and actions, which may uphold gender bias and call out discrimination when we see it”.

SPA said 70% of its staff were female and it was “proud to champion women in all areas and levels within our business”.

Clive Feeney, SPA director, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating International Women’s Day. Our team is full of intelligent women who are essential to the success of our business and the advancement of public sector procurement.

“We are continually striving to foster a supportive and equal workplace where our staff can achieve their full potential.” 

Separately, the Africa Freedom of Information Centre, a membership and resource centre promoting the right of access to information, transparency and accountability across Africa, has organised a meeting to tackle barriers to women participating in public procurement in East Africa on 23 March.

And Global Women Procurement Professionals, an organisation providing support and information for women in procurement, is holding a series of events throughout March covering topics including attracting and retaining talent and “goal anxiety”.

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