14 May 2019


The search is on for inspirational examples of businesses, third sector organisations and the NHS working together to provide great patient care in the North of England.

Nominations are now open for the NHS in the North Excellence in Supply Awards. 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 deadline for nominations is 28 June. Nominations can be entered by visiting  

The awards will take place on the evening of Thursday 17 October at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds.

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 and Humber AHSN.

The awards include 13 categories:

  • NHS procurement rising star
  • NHS supplier engagement
  • NHS procurement champion
  • NHS procurement innovation
  • Acute sector award
  • Clinical innovation award
  • Mental health and community sector award
  • Non-clinical innovation award
  • Patient experience award
  • Small business award
  • Support services award
  • Sustainable development award
  • Value based procurement award

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 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.”

Photo: Antony Quinn, Operations Director (left) and Andrew Threlfall, Founder (right) of Malinko Software receiving their award from Melinda Johnson (centre), Commercial Director Department of Health

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