7 August 2019


The finalists have been announced for this year’s NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards, celebrating inspirational examples of businesses, third sector organisations and the NHS working together to provide great patient care in the North of England.

The awards are for any business which currently supplies goods, works or services to NHS trusts in the North, and any NHS trust in the North. The winners will be announced on the evening of Thursday 17 October at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

The NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards are hosted by the NHS Supply Chain Northern Customer Board and organised by the Innovation Agency. The awards are co-sponsored by Health Innovation Manchester and Yorkshire and Humber AHSN.

The finalists are:


Approach Medical Limited and Possum Limited
How we saved one NHS ward £417,000 in one year.

Continence Formulary Change

Karl Storz
Karl Storz camera replacement at James Cook University Hospital.

LloydsPharmacy outpatient dispensing and delivery services.

DrDoctor and Intouch With Health 
Transforming Outpatient services through digital collaboration.


Massage Therapy Service

Digital transformation of continuing healthcare.

Patchwork Health
Digital transformation of temporary staffing. 

d2 Digital By Design Limited
Identifying stroke mimics using mobile technology.

The Donorpath app.

Bio systems sharps management service.

Fortrus Limited
Paper Free Health Record (PFHR)

Natus Nicolet TA Otometrics
Transforming audiology in line with NHS digitisation.

Synopsis Healthcare
Digitising pre-operative assessments to improve the flow to theatre.

Kimberly-Clark Professional
Reducing hand hygiene spend and driving efficiencies at Northern Care Alliance with Scott® Rolled Hand Towel.


Glow New Media Limited 
SafeTeam Guardian

Select Medical Limited
Making Greater Manchester Mental Health’s wards safer and more comfortable for service users and staff.

Frontier Medical Group
A new model for a needle exchange programme.

Moving Essence Limited
Moving Essence Nature Art support: a sensory room at Ribblemere Mother and Baby Unit.


Abbott Nutrition
Providing value based procurement for NHS trusts.

Radiology Management Solutions
Helping the NHS save money and increase efficiency through better utilisation of in-house radiology resources.

Health Diagnostics
Boosting NHS staff wellbeing with a digital health check toolkit.

Urgo Medical
Spend to save: providing a district nursing team with a head start.

SHS Partners Limited
Delivery of a value based procurement.

Apogee Corporation
Innovative technology optimises the Christie's print infrastructure.


B Braun Medical Limited
Orthopaedic pathway: digitising care to empower patients.

Moving Essence Limited
Moving Essence Nature Art support: Ingleside Birth and Community Centre.

D&G Builders and Joiners Limited
Rapid assessment triage service.

Natus Nicolet TA Otometrics
Transforming balance services for both adult and paediatric Dizzy patients.

DA Languages Limited
Providing local insight while sharing a global view.

Intouch With Health
Transforming the outpatient experience.


Topknots wig supplier. 

Inovus Medical
Affordable, accessible, functional healthcare simulation.

Olympus Associates Limited

D&G Builders and Joiners Limited
Helping to build the future NHS.

Impact Consulting Psychologists Limited
Celebrating 25 years of service to the NHS

DA Languages Limited
The leading interpreting and translation provider to the NHS.

SHS Partners Limited
Maximising efficiencies and the use of resources within the NHS.

Reducing reliance and spend on agency locums with Patchwork. 

SF Taylor
Strategic partnership, consolidation and compliance.

Pervade Software Limited
Cyber security plus for the Global Digital Exemplar Programme.


North West Private Ambulance Liaison Services Limited 
Patient transport services.

Health Diagnostics
Pioneering community public health provision in Newcastle.

B Braun Medical Limited
B Braun Clinical Education Team.

Acorn Partnership
The Acorn Partnership healthcare innovation co-foundry.

SF Taylor 
‘It’s Not Just Ink on Paper’: printed forms and documents for the NHS.

Healthcare Communications
Patient portal: digital first patient letters and communications.


Ellie Tivinan
Procurement Manager, Northern Care Alliance NHS Group 

Amelia Hayes
Assistant Buyer, NHS Supply Chain

Dawn Cowhig
Category Buyer, NHS Supply Chain

Gemma Bushell
Senior Buyer, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Ben McKeogh
Senior Buyer, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

Sam Fletcher
Senior Buyer, Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Jessica Crolla
Senior Buyer, St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Mark Miller
Buyer, Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Nominated by North West Blood Bikes.

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Nominated by Attends.  

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group
Nominated by IntelliCentrics UK Limited. 

Northern Care Alliance NHS Group
Nominated by Delta Surgical.

Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Nominated by Radiology Management Solutions.

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Nominated by Lexmark.

Lancashire Procurement Cluster
Nominated by SF Taylor.


Claire Kerr
Team Leader for General Surgery in Theatres, Chorley and South Ribble Hospital

Satpal Singh
Head of Medical Physics, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Estates Team
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust 

Tissue Viability Team
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, North West Shared Infrastructure Services and Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria
Procuring the HSCN compliant future of Lancashire's NHS Wide Area Network. 

North of England NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative
Yorkshire and Humber community and mental health temporary staffing workforce cluster.

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Managed service for the provision of digital transformation solutions.

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Intraoperative neuromonitoring services and products.

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Off-site surgical and medical capacity solutions.

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Smart building solutions using the internet of things.

NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster
Clinical procurement leadership.

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
GDPR compliant IT disposal and secure data destruction.

The Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Managed video conferencing solutions.

Mick Guymer, Chair of the Northern Customer Board, said: “The Excellence in Supply Awards are our opportunity to recognise and celebrate some of the pioneering collaborations between suppliers and the NHS which are having a real impact on the quality of patient care in the North.”

Dr Liz Mear, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, said: “Excellence in supply is integral to good quality healthcare, and NHS trusts in our region have established ground-breaking initiatives through excellent relationships with organisations large and small. I look forward to celebrating their successes.” 

Last year, Manchester-based scheduling company Malinko Software was named Supplier of the Year at the awards for their partnership with Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, applying their expertise to the challenge of caseload scheduling and managing a distributed workforce in NHS community nursing. 

Andrew Threlfall, founder of Malinko Software, said: “We feel we have uncovered a significant problem that the NHS will want to solve – how NHS organisations can ‘intelligently’ schedule, matching capacity with demand. Our plan is to leverage the success and share Salford’s outcomes and results across the NHS.”

For more information visit the awards website

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