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CPP shortlisted for prestigious procurement award

Posted on 12 July 2021

Collaborative Procurement Partnership has been selected as a finalist in the National UK GO Awards, which recognise excellence in public procurement.

We will be up against some of the biggest names in the NHS in the ‘COVID-19 Outstanding Response Award – NHS and Healthcare Organisations’ category.

CPP Managing Director Helen Lisle said: “We are very proud to have been selected as a finalist and to be in the company of some very prestigious NHS trusts who are also up for the award.

“The category we are in is NHS-centric and given the phenomenal response of NHS organisations to the pandemic, it is a massive achievement for our work to be picked out and to see our name on the list of finalists.

“It shows that the judges recognise the hard work that so many individuals and teams across CPP have put into the COVID-19 response, alongside our colleagues in NHS Supply Chain, Department for Health and Social Care, Cabinet Office, Ministry of Defence, NHS England and NHS Improvement as well as wider NHS trusts.”

The award submission tells the story of how we responded in the early stages of the pandemic. CPP was at the heart of the work to source and procure vast amounts of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from across the globe; products needed by NHS trusts as they expanded their intensive care capacity and thousands of beds and mattresses for the NHS Nightingale Hospital London, and then further Nightingale hospitals in England.

The sheer size of the procurement response and the speed in which we had to act were amongst the biggest challenges –  to find, order, deliver and fit 500 beds and mattresses between 23 and 29 March 2020 for NHS Nightingale London and moving from two million gloves a year to 250 million a week at the height of the pandemic.

We had to find supplies, or capacity for supplies, and then act quickly. Where there wasn’t existing capacity, we worked closely with manufacturers to make it happen by guiding them carefully through all the processes required to supply the NHS and the product specifications they had to meet.

Helen added: “We are proud of the whole CPP team – while individually people from Towers 2 and 5 were fully focused on the COVID-19 effort (and some continue to be) this would not have been possible without the contribution of the whole organisational team.”

A full list of the 17 finalists in our category, along with those in the other categories, can be found here

The winners will be announced at a ceremony in the Hilton Metropole Hotel in Birmingham on 15 September.