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Introducing Health Online – a new, dynamic healthcare community

BiP Solutions is proud to announce the launch of a new online community – Health Online.

Health Online is the latest way in which BiP assists both buyers and suppliers in their procurement journey – focusing specifically on the UK healthcare industry. Sitting within BiP’s Media & Marketing Solutions division, Health Online is designed for early engagement within both the public and private sector.

Providing the latest news on all areas of interest to healthcare buyers and suppliers, from accommodation and administration to vehicles and water, Health Online offers a unique, bespoke experience to each user. The site allows you to tailor your interests so that you see more of what you want to see – and less of what is less interesting to you. Whether it’s the latest news on medical equipment, pharmaceuticals or NHS recruitment, Health Online can keep you updated on it all, highlighting the areas that you care about.

Health Online also allows healthcare professionals and respected commercial suppliers to share news, trade ideas and build connections. It helps commercial suppliers to gain exposure within an ever-evolving marketplace that spends over £1bn every 3 days, by providing a wide portfolio of marketing and advertising tools – enabling suppliers to increase brand awareness and generate opportunities within the sector. For healthcare professionals, Health Online provides a platform for exposure among your peers, by offering the possibility of uploading your own features and examples of best practice, as well as enabling you to contribute to discussions created by others.

Sam Gilding, Director of Media & Marketing Solutions, said:

We’re really excited to bring to market this fresh and innovative approach to buyer/supplier engagement in the healthcare industry. Our ambition is for Health Online to become the default social community for professionals to network, share ideas and build long lasting relationships in this key marketplace. BiP Solutions are committed to supporting best-in-class procurement processes across UK healthcare, and our development of Health Online helps to facilitate this.

To learn more about Health Online and register your profile, visit www.healthonline-uk.com.

BiP Solutions offers a suite of digital solutions to bring together buyers and suppliers, from sector-specific data communities to the most comprehensive source of tender notifications in the UK. To learn more, visit www.bipsolutions.com.

Scottish Budget 2018

Against the backdrop of uncertainty caused by the UK’s impending exit from the European Union, Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP has delivered the 2018 Scottish Budget (December 12th).

Describing it as a “fair and progressive budget” Derek Mackay presented a business-friendly package, while placing the protection of public services at the heart of this Budget Statement.

Below you can find a breakdown of key Scottish Budget 2018 figures in addition to which public sector opportunities await your industry.

SME

A £50 million ‘Town Centre Fund’ will provide much needed support for Scotland’s high streets. There will also be a cap put on business rates below inflation, providing a tax cut for small businesses, which Mackay described as “the most generous system anywhere in the UK”. The partnership between the private sector and the Scottish Government has played an important role in recent years, which was championed by the Cabinet Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills Jamie Hepburn MSP at Procurex Scotland, in which he encouraged businesses to consider the welfare of local communities and the environment, calling on suppliers to “not be risk averse”.

Housing

An investment of £825 million -as part of an overall fund of £3 billion- will help deliver 50,000 affordable homes over the course of this parliament, which has been the cornerstone of Housing Minister Kevin Stewart’s construction agenda.

Education

Describing education as the Scottish Government’s “defining mission”, the Finance Secretary set out bold new proposals for Scottish schools. £180m will be used to close the attainment gap, including £120m, which will be directed towards headteacher budgets through ‘Pupil Equity Funding’. £600m will also be given to colleges and £1 billion has been secured for Scotland’s world-class universities. £214m has been set aside for apprenticeships and skills; providing a gateway in to employment for many of Scotland’s young people.

Healthcare

An increase of £730m will be provided to NHS Scotland, which is the equivalent to hiring 19,000 nurses, as Derek Mackay confirmed “health is a top priority for the government”, which accounts for almost half of the Scottish Government’s overall spending.

Local Government

The Scottish Government will provide “a real terms increase in the total local government settlement of over £210m” Mackay said, taking the local government budget to £11.1 billion. This will be welcome news for Fife Council executive director Keith Winter, who was a keynote speaker at Procurex Scotland, where he championed “social justice” as he encouraged councillors to adopt a global strategy moving forward.

BiP Solutions launches new report series exploring changing shape of public sector procurement

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New market report considers healthcare trends, challenges and opportunities in a digital world

Today, BiP Solutions is pleased to launch the first of a series of reports, which will focus on the changing landscape of public sector procurement. The inaugural report considers the impact of this changing landscape for the NHS and wider healthcare organisations in an ever-evolving digital world.

Autumn Budget pledges to significantly invest in improving frontline services were widely welcomed by Healthcare leaders as the NHS continues to grapple with challenges ranging from managing the needs of an ageing population through to delivering services fit for 21st century users. And, for the latter, digital transformation has a crucial part to play.

In light of this, our report considers the digital trends and innovative approaches playing a significant role in today’s NHS in boosting efficiencies and crucially saving lives. It considers current spend within the NHS and also draws on findings from recent research conducted by our colleagues at iGov Survey to highlight the specific procurement challenges and opportunities facing the NHS.

Professor Duncan Eaton, Executive Advisor, All-Party Parliamentary Health Group and Chair of P4H England, said of this research:

‘This latest iGov survey has been carried out at a very opportune time. NHS procurement in England is at a major crossroads in its development, particularly given the changing structure at national level. Alongside the organisational changes, eSourcing and supply chain processes are gaining greater prominence. For example, the Scan 4Safety programme – responsible for enabling the delivery of better patient care, improved client productivity and supply chain efficiency – is now developing rapidly and is already having a notable impact on supply chain efficiency and patient safety.’

There is also the opportunity to reflect back on our flagship healthcare event, P4H England, and talk about some of the solutions we offer to support both healthcare buyers and suppliers in their procurement journey.

To read the report in full, please access your personal copy here.

To find out more about our solutions, please visit: www.bipsolutions.com

P4H Scotland: Event Overview

P4H Edinburgh - Jim Miller

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!”

P4H Edinburgh

Event Sponsors

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.