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24 October 2019

A host of health and care organisations and small businesses from across the North West Coast have collected honours in this year’s NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards.

The awards, hosted by the NHS Northern Customer Board and the Innovation Agency, celebrate the work of businesses, third sector organisations and the NHS in collaborating to deliver great patient care.

The awards are sponsored by the Innovation Agency, Health Innovation Manchester and Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network.

Cheshire company Healthcare Communications won the prestigious Supplier of the Year award, as well as carrying off the Support Services award. 

NHS award-winners included Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust, North West Shared Infrastructure Services and Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria, which jointly won the NHS Procurement Innovation Award.

Meanwhile, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (now part of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) was awarded the NHS Supplier Engagement award. 

Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, said: “All the award winners deserve huge congratulations. At their heart, these awards showcase some fantastic collaborations between NHS organisations and their partners that ensure improved patient care.”

Mick Guymer, Chair of the NHS Northern Customer Board, added: “The quality and diversity of the work that’s being rolled out across the region is very impressive. It’s very encouraging that so many collaborations are taking place to overcome the challenges we face and deliver efficiencies and better care.”

The winners and highly commended were:

Innovation award 

Winner: IEG4 Ltd 
Highly commended: Patchwork

Acute sector award 

Winner: DrDoctor and Intouch with Health
Highly commended: LloydsPharmacy

Patient experience award

Winner: Moving Essence Limited

Mental health and community sector award

Winner: Frontier Medical Group

Small business award

Winner: Olympus Associates Limited 
Highly commended: Patchwork, SF Taylor

Support services award

Winner: Healthcare Communications
Highly commended: Acorn Partnership

Value based procurement award

Winner: Radiology Management Solutions
Highly commended: Urgo Medical

NHS procurement champion award

Winner: Satpal Singh, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Highly commended: Tissue Viability Team, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

NHS procurement rising star

Winner: Ben McKeogh, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

NHS procurement innovation award

Winner: Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust (formerly Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust), North West Shared Infrastructure Services, Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria.
Highly commended: NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster

NHS supplier engagement award

Winner: Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (now part of now part of Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust). 
Highly commended: NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster

Supplier of the year 

Winner: Healthcare Communications

For details of the winning projects and photos from the awards evening, visit https://www.innovationagencynwc.nhs.uk/excellence-in-supply-awards-2019

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