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The end to 2019 has brought much recognition of the value NHS SBS brings to the wider NHS - with teams and individuals from across its finance and procurement services being shortlisted for a number of professional awards.
At the annual Health Care Supply Association (HCSA) Awards last month, NHS SBS was in the running for no fewer than six different NHS procurement awards.
The Edge4Health,the newly-launched,consumer-style marketplace - developed for the NHS in partnership with the technology company Virtualstock and NHS South of England Procurement Services (SoEPS) - scooped the Procurement Technology Award at the event in Harrogate.
The NHS SBS team also took home the Procurement Consultancy Award, which recognised its work with University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust to 'push boundaries within their business to deliver exceptional patient care, quality outcomes and value for money for the NHS'.
Meanwhile, Alison Kerfoot, Head of Healthcare Improvement Solutions at NHS SBS, was highly-commended in the prestigious Procurement Leader category.
Elsewhere, at the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) Awards 2019 in London, NHS SBS' Stephen Sutcliffe was one of only four shortlisted to be named NHS Finance Director of the Year - just missing out this year to Karen Geoghegan from Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust and Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The NHS SBS finance and accounting team was also in London this month for the Health Business Awards, where the team was recognised for its work on robotics and automation by being shortlisted for the NHS Finance Award.
David Morris, Managing Director of NHS Shared Business Services, said:
"It is fantastic to get this industry recognition - clear evidence of the positive impact our people and services are delivering for the NHS. It shows how our expertise and ongoing investment in innovative digital solutions are well-recognised across the wider NHS."