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20 May 2021

Sir James Mackey

Sir James Mackey has been confirmed as keynote speaker at the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards hosted by the NHS Northern Customer Board and the Innovation Agency.

The event is sponsored by the Innovation Agency, Health Innovation Manchester, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network and the Academic Health Science Network North East and North Cumbria.

As well as chief executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Sir James is  Chair of the NHS Customer Board for Procurement and Supply and said:

“I’m delighted to be part of this event to help recognise and celebrate the important role of procurement across the heath and care sector during the difficult times we’ve experienced in the last year. The pandemic has impacted us all in different ways - placing even more importance on a resilient, effective and efficient NHS supply chain.

“In fact these relationships have never been more important as NHS systems start to focus on supporting economic recovery by thinking more carefully about where products are produced or procured from. By working together we will continue learning and helping understanding of the wider value that supply chains play in the health system.

"This will be a fantastic opportunity to recognise some of the best initiatives of the past year and learn more about how we can all work together more effectively.”

Dr Phil Jennings, Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, said: “To be able to attract someone of Jim’s calibre to speak at the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards is an indication of just how important this event is. Patients and staff benefit from collaborations that are also good news for the northern economy. We’re looking forward to a great event where we can recognise a number of successful developments and, in Sir James, hear from someone who knows the NHS and this part of the world intimately.”

The winners of this year’s three NHS categories will go forward to the Health Care Supplies Association awards event in November.

The closing date for nominations is 4 June. Judging will take place over the summer with the winners announced at a virtual event to be held in September.

For more information and to enter: https://www.innovationagencynwc.nhs.uk/excellence-in-supply-awards-2021

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