Did you catch us at P4H Scotland?
Supply2Gov had a great day at the live online exhibition.
Officially supported by NHS Scotland, P4H Scotland Engage 2020 – The procurement event for health, provided a unique opportunity for Scotland’s NHS buyer and supplier community to connect within a live innovative online and fully interactive environment.
If you missed it, don’t worry! We recap on some of the event’s best bits below.
P4H moves online
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, P4H Scotland moved online this year, with event organisers, BiP Solutions, delivering a highly successful event on 14 September 2020.
The main feature of the day was the Keynote Arena, held in the virtual auditorium, where delegates had the chance to hear from ten speakers, including two Ministers from the Scottish Government and representatives from leading suppliers to the NHS in Scotland.
Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Fiona Hyslop delivered an interesting talk at the P4H 2020 event
The central theme of Ms Hyslop’s address was the role of procurement in delivering economic and social benefits for Scotland and its communities.
Ms Hyslop stressed the importance of tackling inequality as we as a society endeavour to restart the economy following the impact of COVID-19. She indicated that public sector procurement has a role to play in this, pointing to the £2.5 billion spent on health procurement each year in Scotland and urging buyers to consider how their contract decisions can support jobs throughout Scotland, remembering that “it is vital that suppliers of all sizes have the opportunity to be involved in public procurement.”
Give real social value
Social value is only set to become more important to buyers, businesses and end users increasingly concerned with issues such as sustainability, fair trade, and equal pay.
Social value is now considered before procurement processes have even begun. Public sector buyers must think about whether the services/products they are going to buy and how they are going to buy them could benefits their area and the stakeholders within it.
Social value was a major talking point during P4H Scotland. During Ms Hyslop set out four strategic outcomes that buyers should embed in their procurement, which harness the power of collaboration to give real social value: a procurement should be good for businesses and employees, good for society, good for places, and open.
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