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28 August 2019

Health Sector procurement forum embraces collaboration

DHB procurement leads from across the country attended the six-monthly interactive Procurement Workshop in Wellington, facilitated by New Zealand Health Partnerships (NZHP).

This forum provided the opportunity for participants to share information and ideas on how the Health Sector can collectively improve health procurement to provide the best outcomes to the public, while implementing changes in Government procurement priorities.

NZHP’s previous General Manager Procurement, Colin Hui[1], reported on progress against the National Procurement Plan. This is the first national procurement plan for the Health Sector. The aim of the plan is to achieve procurement results and strategic procurement outcomes for all DHBs.

“The procurement landscape is constantly evolving – we’re faced with regular statutory, compliance and regulatory changes among other considerations. Forums such as this enable us to share and exchange ideas, provide open feedback and keep abreast of upcoming changes / trends,” Colin said.

“It was a great platform to support a good exchange of ideas, debate current industry and Sector topics and share information among DHB procurement leads.”

Colin also presented this plan as a guest speaker the HealthTech conference in Auckland.

Presenters included procurement and digital specialists from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), PHARMAC and the Department of International Affairs. Topics of discussion were the new Government rules and inclusive outcomes, NZHP procurement planning and reporting framework, creating digital sourcing foundations for Government sector ICT requirements and procurement capability priorities.

John Ivil, General Manager Government Procurement, provided a Sector review on the procurement capability index – stressing how the Sector needs to find key solutions to improve capability. He emphasised that the public has increasing expectations therefore it is imperative that procurement keep up with changes, as failure to adapt will result in irrelevance especially faced with an aging population and increasing cost of clinical equipment.

PHARMAC speakers Andrew Davies, Manager Hospital Medical Devices Procurement; Fiona Rutherford, Advisory Committee Secretary and Megan Nagel, Implementation Lead, demonstrated how communications between PHARMAC and DHBs could be fostered. They provided an overview of the recent consultation on managing fairer access to hospital medical devices and requested more feedback from procurement leads on DHB key requirement priorities.

New Zealand Health Partnerships and the Procurement team

NZ Health Partnerships (NZHP) is a multi-parent Crown-entity subsidiary and limited liability company. Supported and owned by all 20 DHBs; which are shareholders, co-creators and customers. NZHP focuses on creating financial efficiencies to help DHBs meet increasing demands placed on the health system.

NZHP’s Procurement team, led by Acting GM Procurement Hayley Greatwood, is responsible for providing a systematic approach to procuring clinical and indirect products and services. Hayley brings more than 20 years’ management and leadership experience in procurement and supply chain programme management. She has worked within the financial services, international whiteware and fast moving consumer goods industries.

Prior to leading the Procurement team, Hayley was the National Manager Procurement, Indirects Products and Services, where she was instrumental in segmenting the non-clinical spend and building the National Procurement Plan.

Ends

[1] Colin Hui has returned Melbourne and Hayley Greatwood has been appointed as Acting GM Procurement.

For further information please contact:

Justine Banfield

Senior Communications and Engagement Manager

NZ health Partnerships

021 579 164