Successes, Awards & Achievements


    Extraordinary People - Extra mile COVID Team (non-clinical) award

    The PPSA is delighted to have received an Extraordinary People award from the Royal Devon & Exeter in recognition of the procurement work carried out as part of the Exeter Nightingale project.  Our nomination is shown below:

    ''In the midst of the Pandemic. The PPSA team were seconded into the Nightingale Exeter Project. Their role was key. Against the clock. Working long hours. Against a supply chain under severe strain due to world events. They tirelessly ordered equipment and consumables for the Nightingale Exeter hospital. 8 weeks from warehouse to hospital. Without the procurement teams efforts the Nightingale Hospital would not exist. Procurement - often a Cinderella service, is important to recognise this essential hospital service.'' - Pete Ford, Consultant Anaesthetist.

    6 PPSA staff were seconded to the Exeter Nightingale project and tasked with sourcing, raising orders and monitoring delivery of  equipment and consumables and we are thrilled that our vital input has been recognised.


    NHS South West Leadership Recognition Awards 2015 - Finalists

    2015 Award Finalists

    It is with great pride that we can tell you that the Pharmacy Category Management team were named as finalists in the NHS South West Leadership Recognition Awards 2015 in the NHS Outstanding Collaborative Leadership of the Year category.

    The PPSA Pharmacy Category Management team was formed in 2002 and is a well established part of the PPSA providing collaborative procurement leadership and expertise to organisations across the South West of England.


    NHS Evidence Project

    nhs evidence logoCardiac Device Procurement Project

    A PPSA Project has been used on NHS Evidence as Example of Best Practice. QIPP Evidence provides users with practical case studies that address quality and productivity challenges in health and social care.  Case studies are put forward by their initiators, evaluated by NICE and examples chosen that represent best practise are then published.  The PPSA put forward their project on Cardiac Device Procurement and was honoured to have it chosen for publication.


    NHS Evidence Project

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    Collaborative Procurement for Automated Nucleic Acid Amplified Testing (NAAT):  Reducing the Cost of NAAT for Chlamydia

    This initiative demonstrates cost savings through collaborative procurement of NAAT for Chlamydia in 8 South West Trusts.

    In the past, the process for procuring NAAT within the South West has been fragmented.  Multiple suppliers were being used across the region with different prices per test and kit being applied, resulting in excessive expenditure. This presented an opportunity for the PPSA to take a collaborative approach which enabled organisations to focus on quality and on smoothing price differentials between Trusts while maintaining choice.


    Go Awards 2012 /13 - Finalist

    GO AwardPACS & RIS Project (Picture Archiving & Communication System and Radiology Information System)

    In 2011 NHS Connecting for Health, part of the Department of Health Informatics Directorate, announced that the existing national agreement for the delivery and management of Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS) and Radiology Information System (RIS) services would expire in June 2013 with no planned replacement or alternative solution.  This decision left the South West region with an enormous challenge in that new service and support agreements needed to be in place in a very short timescale in order to maintain business continuity and limit risk to patient care.