The Arden & GEM procurement team has been successfully shortlisted for a CIPS Supply Management Award in the International Procurement Project category. Respected as a benchmark for excellence, the awards are the most prestigious recognition in the procurement and supply chain profession.
The shortlisting is in acknowledgement of a highly ambitious procurement programme, run in partnership with and on behalf of NHS England, to increase access to Proton Beam Therapy (PBT) treatment for NHS cancer patients.
Since 2008, the NHS has sent over 1,000 cancer patients (the majority of who are children) overseas, primarily to the United States, for PBT treatment. While an NHS PBT service is under development, NHS England recognised that until this service is fully operational there was a clear need for additional provision closer to home.
This triggered an eight month procurement process which has successfully appointed a supplier in Germany under a new contract which will not only extend treatment to more patients but is also estimated to deliver savings in excess of £2 million over the next three years. This will ensure treatment can continue to be provided until the NHS centres are complete and fully able to meet demand.
“This procurement was an excellent example of partnership working, not only between two NHS organisations, but also across multiple professions. The procurement was efficiently and effectively led by Arden & GEM which enabled full engagement by all involved in the process resulting in an excellent outcome for patients.”
Iain Mellis, Proton Beam Therapy Programme Delivery Lead at NHS England
The CIPS awards winners will be announced at a ceremony on 12 September at Grosvenor House, London.
Read more about the project to increase access to PBT treatment here.