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Health Care Supply Association Summer Conference – Highlights From Sunny Solihull

Last Thursday the Health Care Supply Association held its summer conference in Solihull.

This is a secondary event to the major annual conference in the Autumn, and it is the first time I’ve attended this version, but it still attracted some 200 people. I’ve been going to HCSA events for around 6 or 7 years, and what is noticeable is how the level of seniority has increased over that time. Even for this event, a high proportion of the delegates were heads of and directors of procurement and supply chain from major hospital trusts, as well as CCGs and other associated health bodies.

I gave a keynote in the morning - which we’ll leave for the moment - then we heard from Nishan Sunthares of the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI), the organisation that represents many of the sector providers. He probably had to put a positive spin on the changes coming in the NHS procurement system and landscape, but he sounded convincing when he explained that the organisation hoped to see a procurement approach that was less narrow, price focused, transactional and adversarial! I think we could all buy into that …