As part of the activities in building an Associates Programme, EcoQUIP sponsored 30 places on the Leadership Programme for Efficiency, Quality and Sustainability in Healthcare through Innovation Procurement at The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.
From September 1-3 2015, leading managers, executives, advisors and directors involved in procurement for hospitals and the healthcare sector came together for the first Leadership Programme for Efficiency, Quality and Sustainability through Innovation Procurement in Cambridge, UK. The programme was developed by The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) in partnership with, and sponsored by, EcoQUIP.
Aim of the Programme
The programme aimed to stimulate, inform and inspire leadership in innovation procurement in support of equality, efficiency and sustainability in healthcare operations and was designed for middle management, key influencers and future leaders working within the healthcare sector across Europe.
The goods and services that healthcare executives buy make healthcare facilities more efficient and enable their staff to do their jobs effectively. The challenges that the healthcare sector will face over the coming decade will need new, better and more cost effective goods and services. This means that healthcare executives need to be pro-active manager of their supply chain to make sure that the goods and services they need are available, affordable and sustainable.
One of the key aims of the EcoQUIP project is to create a network of 'innovation leaders' who will work together to improve the efficiency, quality and environmental sustainability of healthcare through innovation procurement.
Why Innovation Procurement?
Healthcare organisations are for the most part aware of the benefits that a proactive approach to procurement of innovative new solutions can bring. Instead, opportunities for step-change improvement are missed and problems remain unresolved.
Pilot innovation procurement projects have demonstrated the impact that innovation procurement can bring - better, more effective products that are affordable, cost effective and environmental sustainable. Read the case studies here.
Delegates from all over Europe arrived at Madingley Hall, Cambridge on tuesday, 1st September and were welcomed by Louise de Muscote, CISL Programme Manager and Jack Frost, Chair of the EcoQUIP Steering Group.
The focus of the first day of the programme was to inform delegates about why sustainability matters to the healthcare sector. To this end, Tony Juniper, CISL Fellow, and Emily Shuckburgh, Research Fellow at the British Antarctic Survey, gave examples of the dire consequences associated with global warming and increasing CO2 emissions, and particularly their effects on the environment.
Richard Alderslade, Teaching Fellow in Public Health at St. George’s Hospital at the University of London, also spoke about trends in health and healthcare delivery, particularly in the European context and with a focus on sustainability.
Chair of the EcoQUIP Steering Group, Jack Frost, gave a fascinating presentation about opportunities for responses from the healthcare sector to emerging environmental issues relating to climate change. Jack also spoke about opportunities for innovation in procurement and encouraged the delegates to think about their own practices in this regard. Gaynor Whyles, also from the EcoQUIP Steering Group, then spoke more specifically about innovation procurement and how it is a tool that could be used to improve efficiency, quality and sustainability in healthcare.
Day one of the programme ended with a very well-received and more informal presentation from Tony Juniper about personal leadership and engagement, where he shared examples from his vast experience as a environmental and climate change activist.
Day two of the Leadership Programme for Efficiency, Quality and Sustainability through Innovation Procurement gave delegates the opportunity to develop an action plan for introducing or strengthening an innovative procurement programme in their individual organisations. After a session outlining a route map and gathering reflections (facilitated by Louise de Muscote), delegates then heard about practical, real-life examples of innovation procurement from across Europe.
Firstly, Fiona Daly from Barts Health NHS Trust, spoke about the NHS Sustainability Day and gave examples of other progressive procurement projects in which she has been involved. John Cartwright, Director of Estates and Facilities at the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust also gave a very interesting example of the procurement of a people-centred, low-carbon catering contract and Joram Nauta, Senior Project Manager at the Dutch Centre for Health Assets, presented an example of an innovative new sustainable bed-washing facility in the Erasmus Hospital in the Netherlands.
The programme finished on an extremely positive note; with all of the participants having produced clear and concise action plans arising from the knowledge gained and experiences shared throughout the programme. There were discussions about how best to continue to work together on innovation procurement; this will be facilitated over the coming months by the EcoQUIP project team. Speaking to participants after the event, there was an obvious air of enthusiasm and positivity, which we hope will continue to develop.
At the close of the programme participants were asked to complete an evaluation survey, which assessed the overall experience as well as the individual contributions of the presenters and facilitators. The overall satisfaction score for the programme was a highly successful 88%, with 100% of the participants saying that they would recommend it to their colleagues and peers. All of the presenters and facilitators received high scores (4’s and 5’s) from most of the participants. Direct comments from participants backed up the survey responses:
“It was a wonderful experience in a wonderful and inspiring place.”
“Intense but very interesting and inspiring experience. Grateful that I had a chance to join and looking forward to the future collaboration.”
“An enlightening and outstanding event which has stimulated me to do even more in leading sustainable procurement.”
“Inspiring insights by an inspired team.”
“Thanks to the EcoQUIP and CISL Faculty for all.”
The EcoQUIP team is grateful to all the participants for completing the survey and for their thoughtful comments and suggestions, which will be used to improve future events.
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