In advance of the UK National GO Awards 2018/19, we catch up with Ingenica Solutions & Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, winner of the GO Best Innovative Solution – Supplier – Sponsored by Excel. Speaking to Nicola Hall, Managing Director at Ingenica Solutions, we find out more about their success at last year’s UK National GO Awards, where their winning submission focused on the implementation of their Ingenica 360 /AtticusTM inventory management system to improve the visibility of the Trust’s supply chain.
Why did you decide to enter the UK National GO Awards?
Ingenica Solutions recognises that the UK National GO Awards are well-established as the premier procurement awards in the UK and the awards play a key role in identifying and rewarding excellence in procurement and bringing together the industry. Becoming a GO Awards winner is something that Ingenica Solutions strived to achieve.
Congratulations once more on your success at the 2017 Awards, can you please tell us more about your winning procurement initiative.
Ingenica Solutions won the Best Innovative Solution Supplier category. Our winning entry showcased the best practice achieved through implementation of our solutions at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The procurement department needed more visibility of what was being ordered and why; data was incomplete and unstructured making it difficult for the Trust to really understand cost drivers and clinical choice. To do this the Trust needed to improve visibility of the supply chain and inventory management as a core function of the supply chain.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (LTH) implemented Ingenica 360 /AtticusTM, an inventory management system from Ingenica Solutions in the Theatres’ department to cut costs, reduce wastage, secure greater financial and operational efficiencies, and improve patient safety.
Ingenica 360 /AtticusTM provided LTH with a golden opportunity to transform supply chain operations and achieve sustainable long-term savings with the assurance of an accredited, real-time solution. The inventory management system enables the management to oversee the track and tracing of products and supplies in and out of the hospital, from low cost bandages to high value medical implants.
What was your personal highlight of the event?
It was fantastic to gain recognition for the implementation of Ingenica 360/AtticusTM, for our business, but more especially for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and all the team there. The real work came from initiating a change management program to enable the deployment of the solution, and to improve procurement practices in the NHS.
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has made outstanding progress; and has totally transformed its procurement and supply chain practices and processes. It is also a benchmark for success in the industry; we were up against some very different projects in the awards, so it was a great night and a privilege to share the evening’s celebrations with the team from Lancashire.
How did winning a GO Award benefit your organisation?
We’ve received phenomenal positive feedback from our clients and industry about our solutions, and so to be recognised by the judges and win this prestigious award was incredible. It is a huge boost both for our team and for the team at Lancashire and reflects our determination to achieve quality and excellence across healthcare.
Why should an organisation enter the UK National GO Awards 2018/19?
What makes these awards different is that the judges are a cross section of procurement figures from within the public and private sectors. For other organisations considering entering, I would encourage them to take part. Sometimes success in the industry isn’t always acknowledged so this is the ideal opportunity to share best practice and also celebrate the success of some of the best projects out there. It’s also a fantastic evening and very well organised!
*The UK National GO Awards 2018/19 and the GO Awards Northern Ireland accept entries from public, private and third sector organisations.
You can enter either or both of the Awards here.
Be quick though, entry to the GO Awards Northern Ireland closes at midday on Friday 9 February (Extended deadline). Entry to the National Awards closes at 5pm on Friday 2 March 2018.