Team that procured game changing imaging technology recognised nationally

30 July 2021

THE procurement team behind a new NHS image sharing platform in Greater Manchester (GM) have been named as finalists in the Go Awards 2020/21.

The cutting edge technology allows medics to instantly share high-quality scans and clinical images across hospital and other sites to inform better care and treatment for the patient.

The Go Awards celebrate the very best procurement achievements from across the UK’s public, private and third sector organisations.

The Collaborative Imaging Procurement Programme team, a partnership between the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA) and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT), are finalists in the ‘Best Procurement Delivery – Health and Social Care’ category.

The NCA brings together the Salford Royal and Pennine Acute trusts and operates hospitals and community services in Salford, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale.

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trusts in the country and a leading provider of specialist healthcare services. Its ten hospitals are home to hundreds of world class clinicians and academic staff committed to finding patients the best care and treatments.

The programme team procured the Greater Manchester Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS), which is used across eight GM NHS provider organisations.

In addition to the NCA and MFT the other trusts involved are:

  • Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
  • Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust
  • Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
  • The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

Chris Sleight, Chair of the Collaborative Imaging Board, Programme Director for Greater Manchester Imaging Network, and Greater Manchester Programme Director for Diagnostics, said: “I am very proud of everyone involved in the procurement of PACS which is a game changing technology for image sharing in the NHS and which is already having a very positive impact on patient care across Greater Manchester. This is helping with recovery and management of the pandemic. The new system will also facilitate future use of further cutting edge developments in imaging. Well done and good luck in the finals.”

Cat Grant, Director of Informatics Commercial Services for MFT, and procurement lead for the GM PACS programme, said: “I am incredibly proud of the team for procuring this innovative solution against challenging timescales. We are excited to be shortlisted for this award and to be recognised for all the hard work the entire team put into it.”

Pictured: Hannah Billsdon and Giselle Netley, ED Nurse Practitioners, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust


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