The Excellence in Supply Awards 2020 Shortlist 


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The shortlist for this year’s NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards is below, celebrating inspirational examples of businesses, third sector organisations and the NHS working together to improve patient care and support health and care staff during COVID-19. 

Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination, the standard of submissions were really high this year.

The awards are for any organisation which currently supplies goods, works or services to NHS trusts in the North, and any NHS trust in the North. Finalists will be selected from the shortlist and the winners will be announced live on YouTube and Twitter on 22 October.

This year, in recognition of the response of the health and care sector to COVID-19, the awards will consist of three categories:

  • Fighting the virus, recognising organisations demonstrating innovation in supply of a product, process or service which directly supported the response of the health and care system to the virus.
  • Supporting the system, recognising organisations demonstrating innovation in supporting, enhancing or transforming existing areas of health and care or services that were impacted by COVID-19.
  • NHS procurement heroes, recognising NHS procurement teams or members of procurement teams who have provided exceptional support to their trust during COVID-19.


Award Shortlist


Excellence in supply during COVID-19: Fighting the virus

Nominee: Bluetree Group
Title: UK manufacturer steps up

Nominee: City Health Care Partnership and Inhealthcare
Title: Tackling COVID-19 head-on using digital health 

Nominee: Cock of the Walk Bespoke Tailors
Title: COVID-19-specific surgical gowns

Nominee: Fortrus
Title: Using virtual reality to reduce on-site visits at Liverpool Women’s NHS FT

Nominee: Inovus Medical
Title: Scaling up manufacturing to help in the fight against COVID-19

Nominee: MDS Healthcare
Title: Local manufacturing for our community

Nominee: Medescon
Title: Vertical bed storage for hospitals

Nominee: Patchwork Health
Title: Supporting Liverpool Primary Care Networks through COVID-19 with the implementation of innovative technology

Nominee: Ross Care
Title: Logistical support to care homes

Nominee: SF Taylor
Title: Supporting our customers through the pandemic

Nominee: SIVLive Sheffield Arena
Title: Sheffield Arena's support during COVID-19

Nominee: Total Signs and Graphics
Title: Visors for care providers

Nominee: York Scrubs
Title: PPE production line – scrubs, surgical gowns and face coverings

Excellence in supply during COVID-19: Supporting the system

Nominee: Baywater Healthcare
Title: Supporting shielded patients requiring oxygen at home

Nominee: Creativeworld Health
Title: Suicide prevention during COVID-19

Nominee: Damibu
Title: Liverpool GP websites project

Nominee: Docobo
Title: Telehealth: a rapid reaction

Nominee: Dot Medical
Title: Exceptional services during COVID-19

Nominee: Fortrus and Mindwave Ventures
Title: Alderplay – a web platform to help reduce anxiety

Nominee: KRTS International Limited
Title: Support for the psychological wellbeing of NHS staff

Nominee: Moving Essence
Title: Dementia support in Morecambe Bay

Nominee: ORCHA
Title: COVID-19 app formulary integration with local NHS health and wellbeing app libraries

Nominee: Safe Steps
Title: Greater Manchester digital care homes COVID-19 response

Excellence in supply during COVID-19: NHS procurement heroes

Nominee: Andy Baker, PPE Lead Sheffield Arena, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT
Title: “Our rock”

Nominee: Countess of Chester Hospital NHS FT Procurement Team
Title: To seven days and beyond

Nominee: Liverpool University Hospitals NHS FT PPE Oversight Group
Title: An agile response to managing PPE and safeguarding our frontline key workers

Nominee: Manchester University NHS FT and NHS Shared Business Services
Title: NHS Nightingale Hospital North West

Nominee: Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS FT Receipts and Distribution Manager and Team
Title: Going the extra mile

Nominee: NHS England/DHSC Pathology COVID-19 Supplies Team
Title: Working together to provide testing

Nominee: Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT Procurement and Logistics Team
Title: Keeping patients and staff safe

Nominee: St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Procurement Team
Title: Proper procurement heroes

Nominee: The Walton Centre NHS FT Procurement Team
Title: Pandemic procurement heroes

The NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards are organised by the NHS Supply Chain Northern Customer Board and the Innovation Agency, the Academic Health Science Network for the North West Coast. The awards are co-sponsored by Health Innovation Manchester and Yorkshire & Humber AHSN.

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