For the sixth year running, our procurement team were excited to have been shortlisted for the UK National GO Awards 2021. We're extremely proud to have received the Highly Commended award for the COVID-19 Outstanding Response - NHS and Healthcare organisations category. This year the team was selected together with our partners, System C & Graphnet Care Alliance and Synertec.
The UK National Government Opportunities Public Procurement Awards celebrate the best in all aspects of public procurement and are highly regarded across public, private and third sectors. Several new categories have been added for 2021 which take into account the exceptional circumstances of the past 18 months during the pandemic.
SCW’s nomination reflects the successful creation of an Immunisation Management Service (IMS) for the NHS.
IMS was designed to be at the core of the national vaccination programme for both flu and COVID-19. SCW, along with System C & Graphnet Care Alliance and Synertec, worked hand-in-glove alongside the commissioner, Public Health England (PHE), and NHSD/NHSX to design the system to drive uptake of vaccination.
The partnership implemented a real-time, multi-system view of the NHS vaccination programme – from local neighbourhoods, to regions and up to national population level. It provided the ability to pinpoint factors contributing to immunisation uptake, target areas for improvement and inform local planning.
Being identified as a finalist in this award category acknowledges the significant procurement challenges that we faced:
1. Procure and put in place a national management system/service that could work with the existing complexities of local systems to call and recall eligible individuals that would capture from point of vaccination.
2. Design a system and team that could report information down to a region and commissioning area level to drive immunisation uptake
3. Provide a national picture in real-time, and feed the cleansed data to a central database that was still being created as part of the COVID-19 response.
The National GO Awards, after a virtual year, once again returned to the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham on the evening of 15 September. The GO Awards celebrates the very best procurement achievements from across the UK’s public, private and third sector organisations.
To find out more about the NHS Immunisation Management Service and SCW’s procurement services contact Faye Robinson, Director of Specialist Services, Procurement |GIS|CHIS|Governance Services, Immunisation Management, SRO Flu/Covid19, Immunisation Management Service