The COVID-19 global health crisis has highlighted the role of and problems with procurement of desperately required resources. NHS and other procurement professionals are working tirelessly to fill gaps.
Thoughts inevitably concentrate on the short term problems this pandemic brings; those suffering, their families and the amazing work of healthcare workers and other key workers. SPL has long established relationships with many NHS Trusts, Boards and suppliers and will continue to support them in many ways.
At the same time there is much debate regarding the need to learn from this – humanity does not have a good track record of learning from past mistakes but is extremely resourceful and the clamour for a more sustainable future is gathering pace.
We should always focus on outcomes.
For example, ask yourself:
Perhaps now is the time to reset relationships between procurement and commissioning, internal stakeholders, suppliers and intended users? We are seeing every day the benefits of collaboration, cooperation and what can be achieved in a very short time if the will is there.
Part of this supports the transition to a circular economy – not some nebulous concept but, from a procurement and supply perspective, a driver that can unlock many of the above outcomes and benefits. A recent article worth reading: Circle Economy.