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15 December 2020

Procurement team recognised for exceptional work supporting NHS frontline

The Procurement and Logistics at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award in recognition of their outstanding work supporting the NHS frontline during the pandemic.

The team are one of four NHS teams across the country to have been named as finalists in the Health Business Awards’ Hospital Procurement Awards.

The Award is the third successive national honour the team have received in recent months, and follows successful wins in the Unsung Heroes, the Procurement Leaders and the Emerging Talent and Development Awards at the Health Care Supply Association’s NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards in October.

During the pandemic the team sourced over 52 million items of gloves, aprons, surgical masks, eye protection and protective gowns for use by local hospitals and GPs throughout South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw as well as 16.5 million items for its own staff.

They also established new working relationships with Sheffield Arena which allowed the team to store PPE in its large premises to meet the changing demands of the pandemic. This allowed the team to bulk-purchase essential PPE items for hospitals across the region, including Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and ensured the NHS in Sheffield and South Yorkshire did not run out of essential supplies.

Staff also became experts in PPE reviewing hundreds of specifications locally, regionally and nationally. Volunteers were also enlisted to accept and sort PPE deliveries and deliver items to wards.

Andrea Smith, Procurement Director for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted for this prestigious national award. Our team have been exceptionally resourceful, working tirelessly behind the scenes to support NHS frontline staff, patients, community services and other NHS Trusts during the pandemic. We’ve also forged new relationships, including with Sheffield Arena and had incredible support from our scientific computing team, who built us an inventory management system to track and control PPE stock, within a week.”


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