NHS Arden & GEM CSU has won the ‘Public Procurement Project of the Year’ category at this year’s Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Excellence in Procurement Awards.
The Awards – which are respected as a benchmark for excellence and seen as the most prestigious recognition in the profession – took place in London on 21 September 2022. Judges described this year’s entries as being of an incredible calibre and record number with only the best practice and highest standards making the shortlist.
Arden & GEM’s winning project covered the procurement and contracting support provided to the COVID-19 vaccination programme. Enabling frontline teams to deliver more than 100 million doses as part of the COVID-19 vaccination programme required significant commercial expertise.
Arden & GEM’s procurement and contracting team worked on behalf of NHS England to develop and execute a successful procurement strategy for vaccine-related equipment and consumables in an intensely competitive international market. Building on this success, the team went on to deliver support for the programme’s workforce, technology and logistics workstreams ensuring that the right resources were in the right place at the right time while achieving value for money for the public purse.
“We are absolutely delighted to have been named category winners at this year’s CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards. This is the highest recognition for the expertise and commitment of our team, who went above and beyond to support the national programme, driven by a duty to do their best for the public and ultimately save lives.”
Andy Harvey, Associate Director for Procurement and Client Engagement Lead
Comments from the awards category judges included: “This project demonstrates agility, governance, control of risk management and ongoing data analysis and planning. There is a good adaptation of the model to changing situations, with strong SRM and sustainable change built into processes for the future.”
To read more about this successful collaborative project, view the full case study here.
To view the full list of winners please click here.