University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust (UHNM), Supplies and Procurement Department currently provides services to the host Trust (UHNM) and also to 39 customers throughout the Staffordshire, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Shropshire, Cheshire and West Midlands Health Economies, through revenue generating service level agreements (SLA's) and Partnership Agreements (PA's), which equates to one of the largest 'Shared Service' procurement customer bases in the NHS. The team now manages circa £600 million spend on behalf of the host trust and its 39 customers and leads on key complex projects locally, regionally and nationally.
As the UHNM Supplies and Procurement remit has changed and evolved over the years it has been crucial to have the right level of competence and structure in place to support the expansion of the commercial remit too, for example, providing advice on multifaceted outsourcing arrangements, commissioning of clinical services, complex leasing arrangements and support for other innovative income generation streams throughout the Trust.
In 2014, UHNM Supplies and Procurement team were very proud to become the first NHS Trust in the country to achieve the NHS Standards of Procurement Level 1 through the independent Peer Review process, an accomplishment which was formally recognised by the "Department of Health" (DoH) in a letter from John Warrington (Deputy Director- Procurement, Investment and Commercial Division). In October 2017 we were the first NHS Trust in the East/ West Midlands and Wales region to achieve Level 2 of these standards, and only the sixth Trust nationally to achieve the standard.
The success of the team has led to their being recognised in thirty national, regional and local awards in the last eight years and they now currently hold both national 'Team of the Year Award' titles from both the HCSA (won in Oct 16) and also the GO Public Procurement Sector Awards (Mar 17) including the 'GO Procurement Leadership of the Year Award' (Mar 17). The Associate Director of Procurement and Commercial services has also been shortlisted in the HCSA 2017 'Procurement Leader of the Year' category.
The department offers a multitude of services, including the following:
Strategic Procurement (including contract formulation/ management, tendering, supplier negotiations and product standardisation).
Operational Procurement (including warehousing, two Receipts and Distribution Center's (RDC's), customer helpdesk, materials management, small value procurements and office services support).
Capital Procurement (including procurement of Estates infrastructure, furniture and medical equipment etc.).
Systems Support (including maintenance and development of all the Trust eProcurement related infrastructure, including, for example the Trusts Procure to Pay (P2P) system, eREAF system and Catalogue Management system etc.)
All activities within our Supplies and Procurement Department are controlled by the Trust's standing orders, standing financial instructions and procurement policy (available on request). They are also carried out under EU and UK 'Procurement Contract Regulations' (PCR), with tenders for major contracts being advertised through the Official Journal of the European Union, or 'OJEU' for short.
We are open Monday to Friday. Parking in the vicinity of the building is restricted to permit holders only, but pay and display parking is available in other areas of UHNM.
Our senior team
Associate Director of Procurement and Commercial Services- Nathan Joy-Johnson MSc MCIPS
The Associate Director of Procurement and Commercial Services is responsible for setting the strategic direction and leading the provision of a Supplies and Procurement service to UHNM and other customers within the wider Staffordshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Leicestershire and West Midlands Health economies.
This includes ensuring compliance with European Union legislation, UK Law and Trust Standing Financial Instructions and Standing Financial Orders. This also includes acting as the corporate lead on identified commercial issues and providing accurate, up to date advice to the Trust Executive Committee and Trust Board.
Nathan has worked at UHNM for 9 years and prior to that worked for a number of international blue chip companies in the Automotive, Construction and Food sectors and has an HNC (Engineering), MSc (Procurement) and is a fully qualified member (MCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIP).
Deputy Associate Director Procurement and Commercial Services (Procurement & Systems) - Joanne Roberts MCIPS
Joanne is responsible for defining the approach and leading delivery of Strategic Procurement and the Procurement IT systems to UHNM and its customers whilst ensuring compliance with European Union legislation, UK Law and Trust Standing Financial Instructions and Standing Financial Orders.
Joanne has worked at UHNM for 8 years and currently leads both the Strategic Procurement and Systems teams.
Joanne has gained both commercial and procurement experience within the private sector, working in many different industries such as manufacturing, retail and distribution. Joanne is a fully qualified member (MCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIP).
Deputy Associate Director Procurement and Commercial Services - (Operations & Capital) - Harvy Kaur MCIPS
Harvy is responsible for defining the approach and leading delivery of Operational and Capital procurement to UHNM and its customers whilst ensuring compliance with European Union legislation, UK Law and Trust Standing Financial Instructions and Standing Financial Orders.
Harvy has almost 20 years' experience within the NHS across Theatres, Procurement and Acute Commissioning environment, all of this experience being gained within various Acute NHS Trusts across the Midlands and London covering a variety of roles including operational, contracting, performance management, capital, systems and strategic procurement.
Harvy also has previous private sector Procurement experience from the automotive industry and has held various interim positions within Banking, University's, Councils, Manufacturing, Retail and Sales sectors. Harvy is a fully qualified member (MCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIP).
Senior Operational Procurement & Supply Chain Manager - Brian Bourne MCIPS
Brian is responsible for leading the Supplies and Procurement Operations team at UHNM covering supply chain and materials management, customer services, routine purchasing, and ensuring compliance with European Union legislation, UK Law and Trust Standing Financial Instructions and Standing Financial Orders.
Brian has worked for the Supplies and Procurement department since 1985. He is a fully qualified member (MCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIP), and a D32/33 NVQ Assessor in Warehousing and Distribution, with an NVQ Level 4 in Procurement, and an NVQ Level 5 in Management.
Senior Strategic Procurement Manager (Capital) - Helen Fowler MCIPS
Our Capital Equipping Team has responsibility for managing all procurement for Capital Estates infrastructure, furniture and medical equipment.
Helen has worked for the NHS in the supplies department since 1990, in various procurement roles. Previous to this, she worked in purchasing roles at the Ministry of Defence and in private companies. Helen is a fully qualified member (MCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIP).
Senior Strategic Procurement Manager - Gareth Nixon MCIPS
Through previous employment with a district council, a housing association, NHS commissioning and now with UHNM, Gareth has over 20 years' experience within the public sector. He has covered a variety of roles including operational, capital and strategic procurement and joined UHNM Supplies and Procurement Department in 2010.
Gareth is responsible for the Strategic Procurement team which collectively manages a large portfolio of high value contracts for the Trust and wider customer base and is tasked with delivering savings and value for money in accordance with departmental strategy. Gareth is a fully qualified member (MCIPS) of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIP).
Senior System Services Manager - Christine Bell
Christine is responsible for leading the Systems Team who are primarily responsible for the Host Trusts', and selected customers Purchase to Pay business systems and the electronic Request for Executive Approval Form (eREAF) system. The Systems Team are currently working on the implementation of the new Finance and Procurement Purchase to Pay (P2P) system and a new electronic Catalogue Solution.
Chris has worked for the NHS in the Procurement and Supplies Department since October 1991 in various roles.
Procurement Policy Note – Legal requirement to publish on Contracts Finder
Action Note 07/16 18 July 2016
1. This PPN reminds public bodies of their requirements under regulations 106,
108, 110 and 112 of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (PCRs 2015).
Contracting authorities must ensure that any procurement opportunities and
contract awards above certain low thresholds are published on 'Contracts
Link to Contracts Finder: