NHS Workforce Shortage – More from Readers

29 Nov 2018
Following an article in HSJ, we wrote about NHS Workforce Shortage – Part of a Wider Trend, earlier this week on Spend Matters UK/Europe – which talked about challenges for procurement of public sector contingency labour, especially that of the NHS. This prompted a considered response from...

Highlights from the HCSA Annual Conference

29 Nov 2018
We attended the Healthcare Supplies Association (HCSA) annual conference, in Cardiff, this week. It has been running for many years and tackles all sorts of challenges for NHS procurement. This year it focused on grasping ‘opportunities to bring commercial ownership and accountability to our...

Drone Industry Conference, Regulations and Buying

29 Nov 2018
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is holding a high-level conference on drones where top aviation and industry stakeholders discuss the future of drone regulations and the drone industry in Europe. “… the emphasis on safety comes just ahead of another widely recognized goal: the...

Open Contracting To Enhance Integrity and Transparency

29 Nov 2018
In Voices for Transparency this week, articles and opinion from the anti-corruption movement curated by Transparency International, there is an interesting article called ‘Is business ready to crack open public contracts?’ It discusses the B20 (the voice of the international business community...

Case Results in a First in English Procurement Law

29 Nov 2018
There is an interesting case, from a public procurement and development agreement point of view: “Following the High Court’s ruling in October 2016, Faraday Development Ltd successfully argued at the Court of Appeal that the development agreement between West Berkshire Council and St Modwen...

Ghent Wins European Sustainability Award

22 Nov 2018
Sustainable Cities Platform has announced the winner of the Transformative Action Award, 2018. The award is for current or concluded Transformative Actions that use the pathways of the Basque Declaration related to three categories: socio-cultural transformation, socio-economic transformation...

Scottish Local Authorities Huge Increase in Locally Sourced Meat for Schools

22 Nov 2018
Edinburgh City Council has been working to increase the quantity of farm-assured Scottish meat procured for schools since they gained their Food for Life Served Here Bronze award in 2013. Now 80% of their fresh meat and fish is sourced in Scotland. In fact, the council has increased that spending...

More Social Value in UK Public Procurement

22 Nov 2018
Public Sector Executive has recently published a perspective from Rose Lasko-Skinner, a researcher at Reform. She is working on a paper looking at choice and competition in the public sector and has written on how failure to understand risk makes for poor procurement practices. She discusses the...