SCW colleagues with award

SCW win again at the GO National Public Procurement Awards 2021/2022 in sixth consecutive year as finalist. 

We are delighted to announce that SCW has been awarded both the Best Procurement Delivery - NHS and Healthcare Organisations for our work with Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) and highly commended for team of the year for Procurement Team of the Year - NHS and Healthcare Organisations for our work with NHSE and the integrated Prisons in Kent and Medway at this year's UK National GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards. The award ceremony was held on Wednesday 25 May 2022 at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham.

SCW was one of the highly regarded organisations recognised on the day for excellence in procurement and it was a major recognition of the work being delivered by our team and partners.

Best Procurement Delivery - NHS and Healthcare Organisations

Provision of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) across the South West of England - A highly complex, sensitive and multi-organisational project. Commitment and buy-in from senior personnel within the Police, OPCCs and NHSE Commissioners required dedicated governance and leadership from the procurement team. This forged a partnership enabling previously challenging barriers such as integration, service alignment and funding flows to be collaboratively and effectively resolved and create a platform for effective joint contract management.

Keeping the voice of the service-user (victims) at the heart of the re-commission was imperative and achieved by ensuring a service-user was an active member of the recommissioning board and influenced the development of the specification of the assessment criteria and was an integral member of the evaluation panel at all stages of the process

This has been a high quality and innovative procurement approach of two stages, whilst ensuring that the process itself was inclusive and robust. Critically it enabled people with lived experience to be central to the process and our criminal justice partners have expressed their appreciation and trust in the approach. This has not only served the recommissioning process well, but also established positive relationships that enable continued joint commissioning between NHSE and partners - Steve Sylvester, Director of Specialised Commissioning, NHS England

Procurement Team of the Year - NHS and Healthcare Organisations 

Provision of Integrated Healthcare Services to Kent and Medway Prisons - The team’s task was to consolidate the fragmented contractual infrastructure where nine healthcare providers supplied various services across Kent-and-Medway prison establishment. The team set out to redesign and implement Integrated Health Services to six Kent and Medway Prisons with the ambition to improve healthcare provision to an often-forgotten and challenging part of society. The team appreciated that the delivery of effective healthcare interventions in prison settings was an important component of addressing health inequalities that should not only improve the health of the prison population, but also the wider community.

An immensely positive experience and we look forward to seeing this type of practice replicated elsewhere

we have been very encouraged by the dialogue process to date, in terms of the willingness of the commissioner to engage with potential bidders early on, bringing them on board to utilise their expertise and views

Both awards relate to the work undertaken by SCW’s procurement team supporting NHS England’s Direct Commissioning contract.

Amazing achievement from the team winning two awards last night. I remain in awe of the fantastic team we have at SCW. A true recognition of this team's tenacity and hard work. Well done all - Faye Robinson, SCW Director of Specialist Services and Procurement

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