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Health technology project ‘highly commended’ for national procurement award

An innovative, City-wide project which uses the latest technology to support people in their own home, has been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2014/15.

The Assistive Technology Project - part of the City’s Adult Integrated Care Programme and a collaborative procurement initiative between NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Nottingham City Council, Nottingham CityCare Partnership and Nottingham City Homes - has been recognised in the Collaborative Procurement Initiative of the Year category of these annual, prestigious awards.

Assistive Technology devices aid safety and independence at home for citizens with health conditions. The CCG is working with Nottingham City Council and other health, social care and housing providers across Nottingham to increase the effective use of Assistive Technology equipment across health and social care, as well as to establish a single, integrated service.

The collaborative procurement approach in Nottingham City is innovative and unique within the Assistive Technology environment, specifically because of the involvement of local stakeholders, the market and clinicians and the desire to develop a truly integrated, locally provided service.

Maria Principe, Director of Primary Care Development and Service Integration at the CCG, said: “This is fantastic recognition of progress and achievement for our Assistive Technology procurement activity, especially given the number and calibre of other organisations that were competing in this category.

“Everyone involved in this project has worked in partnership to provide the best possible service for our citizens and achieving finalist status is a great commendation for all involved.”

Cllr Alex Norris, Portfolio Holder for the Integrated Adult Care Programme said: “This is an acknowledgement of fantastic partnership working in producing a specification that meets the needs of citizens and has ensured we can procure the right locally provided service to support people with long term conditions in their own homes. Thanks to all those who have contributed to this project, this is a great opportunity for us to showcase our achievements.”

Grahame Steed, lead judge at the National GO Awards, said: “This year’s submissions demonstrated the incredible breadth and depth of activity, innovation and commitment across the sector.

“The judging panel were impressed by the desire of all shapes and sizes of organisation to make positive change to their approach to procurement. Every winner and ‘highly commended’ entrant deserves the recognition that the National GO Awards bring, and I’d like to congratulate the CCG and partners on this achievement.”

Since 2002, the National GO Awards have been the benchmark by which progress in this multibillion-pound sector has been measured.

The winners of the National GO Awards 2014/15 were announced on 19 March at a black tie ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.

Published: 25 March 2014