The Scottish healthcare procurement community was brought together at yesterday’s event at Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
The main focus of the inaugural P4H Scotland event was to enhance the capabilities of procurement personnel and showcase innovative Scottish suppliers.
What was on?
Throughout the day there were educational and networking opportunities designed to enhance knowledge and facilitate the development of new business opportunities. A focal point of the day was the Keynote Arena where delegates heard speeches from:
- Duncan Eaton – Executive Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group
- Jim Miller – Procurement Commissioning & Facilities Director, NHS Scotland
- Mark Cook – Government Affairs Director, Medtronic Inc
- Louise McGregor – Head of Circular Economy, Zero Waste Scotland
- Mike Winter – Medical Director, NHS Scotland
P4H Scotland 2018
The opening event has been received well by everyone that attended, with excellent feedback from delegates and presenters and exhibitors.
Alison Brown, Transformation Director, Procurement Transformation Programme, NHS National Services Scotland, spoke to BiP Solutions on the day and said that
“There has been a great buzz at this event, a really good atmosphere… Strong relationships are built at events like this and that’s what today has been a lot about for me!”
Focus on Healthcare Procurement
The event is dedicated to the success of healthcare procurement across Scotland. The NHS in Scotland spends over £2.3 billion each year on a diverse range of goods and services, making it a desirable marketplace for any supplier looking to develop new business opportunities.
Iain Cruwys, Logistics Director for NHS NSS Procurement, Commissioning & Facilities, believes that there are many benefits of events like P4H Scotland as they not only bring suppliers and buyers together but they can also be interactive and educational:
“I think, above all, an event like P4H Scotland has saved us a tremendous amount of time! We have everyone in the one place, making it a great place to have conversations.
“ I have been able to bring a large number of my team here today and they will have benefited from it hugely!”
Among the P4H Scotland sponsors attending on the day were Veritas Technologies and Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX); both were impressed by the turnout of buyers and suppliers.
Veritas Technologies deliver solutions designed to serve the world’s most complex, heterogeneous environments. Dave Burke, Regional Sales Manager at Veritas said that:
“P4H Scotland was really important to us. The NHS is a key part of the community and it is important for Veritas to contribute ideas to the public sector at events like this, which is why we wanted to be a part of it.”
On behalf of Global Healthcare Exchange (GHX), Key Account Manager James Minards spoke to our team about what attracted their business to the P4H events:
“We supply a lot of goods and services into the Scottish healthcare market and it is important that we have a presence at P4H Scotland so we can engage with our clients!”
The P4H England event will take place on 12 July 2018. Tickets are FREE for public sector delegates and cost just £95 for the private sector.
If you would like to invest in the development of new and existing business opportunities by participating in this hugely important event, you can call 0845 270 7066 to find out more.