Procurement Challenges in the Current Climate


The Light Touch Regime during COVID-19

11.00 - 11.15

Eddie Regan

PASS Training
Principal Consultant

The Health Sector has been thrust into the forefront of the COVID-19 crisis, without any wish to be there.

This session looks at the rules governing Light Touch Regime contracts and also highlight other options offered by the Public Contracts Regulations, that can be used by organisations to ease their procurement problems during a crisis.


Recovery and Transition

12.00 - 12.15

Eddie Regan

PASS Training
Principal Consultant

As normality slowly returns, following the COVID-19 pandemic, what steps should buyers start to take in terms of futureproofing contracts against unknown risks in the future?

This session considers the latest guidance and offers some suggestions on what buyers will need to consider moving forward.


How does Supply Chain Visibility differ across Healthcare and Retail?

12.45 - 13.00

Ben Heath

Virtualstock
Product Marketing Manager

Responsible Contractual Behaviour

13.00 - 13.15

Eddie Regan

PASS Training
Principal Consultant

Previous guidance from Cabinet Office identified the need for responsible and fair behaviour in contracts, particularly in dealing with potential disputes, to ensure better long-term outcomes for jobs and the economy.

This session will look at the application of the guidance from the buyers’ perspective, considering issues around contracting arrangements, how this should apply throughout the supply chain and how it will, in the long term, protect businesses, supply chains and opportunities in the economy


Delivering Integration through Transformation

13.15 - 13.30

Laura Davies

NHS Shared Business Services
Transformation Manager

The Sustainable Domino

13.30 - 13.45

Andrew Smith

Crown Commercial Service
Lead Research Environment and Sustainability

A thought process on how the domino effect can help you on your Sustainable Journey, how one small change can lead to bigger results. Larger plans for clean air and pollution reduction by councils and cities can have an easing effect on the NHS services in both respiratory and mental health wellbeing. Using procurement as your project enabler to achieve your targets, the presentation will cover the various effects of a single decision and how it can lead to a positive outcome.


Washroom and Wiping Systems for Hygiene and Efficiency in Healthcare

13.45 - 14.00

Nicola Jones

Kimberly-Clark Professional UK & Ireland
Marketing Manager for Healthcare & Education

Preparing for the future post-COVID-19

14.00 - 14.15

Eddie Regan

PASS Training
Principal Consultant

There can be no doubt that the procurement landscape will look different post-COVID-19.

Many issues have arisen during the pandemic and some of these will shape the future of how you build specifications and what you will expect from contractors and contracts.

This session will identify some of the areas that will require rethinking and how, whether running a tender exercise or managing a contract, the buyer will need to ensure greater emphasis is placed on the management of contracts.


Working with Red Oak Medical

14.15 - 14.30

Craig James

Red Oak Medical
Business Development Manager

ProtectivAir, a solution to the PPE procurement challenge

14.30 - 14.45

Dr John Maudsley

Mackwell Health
Medi-Immune

Dr Andrew Davies

Mackwell Health
Business Development Manager

The 2020 Coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the pressures that such an event can have on the availability of PPE for use by healthcare workers. Simply being able to secure a reliable supply of disposable PPE was a major challenge, but even when a source was identified, costs escalated and the quality and effectiveness of the equipment was not sufficient. Further new pandemics are likely to occur and it is clear that improvements in protection for first response teams and healthcare professionals will be needed. Mackwell Health is proud to present ProtectivAir®; a more effective and sustainable solution for respiratory PPE.


Getting Ready for Brexit - Impact of Brexit on Procurement

14.45 - 15.00

Phil Kinnell

PASS Training
Senior Consultant

While the impact of Brexit on public procurement is likely to be limited, at least in the short term, this session will discuss the practical considerations for public procurers, and will look at the potential impact on legislation and public procurement policy should a ‘no deal’ Brexit occur at any point.


Getting Ready for Brexit - Effective Transition Planning

15.00 - 15.15

Eddie Regan

PASS Training
Principal Consultant

The UK has left the EU and the transition period comes to an end on 31 December 2020. For months buyers have been focussed on dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, however time is moving quickly and the need to start planning for an effective transition is here.

This session will look at some of the key areas that authorities will need to begin focussing on, in terms of their procurement function, from getting ready for the change from OJEU to the Find a Tender portal, to managing supply chains and updating Contract Clauses and Terms and Conditions to take consideration of possible changes post-Brexit.


Getting Ready for Brexit - Dispute Settlement: What happens after Europe?

15.15 - 15.30

Eddie Regan

PASS Training
Principal Consultant

When the UK Government published the White Paper ‘The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union’ in February 2017, amongst the many issues addressed was the need for some form of Dispute Settlement Mechanism.

The Government stated that “We will bring to an end the jurisdiction of the CJEU in the UK” but also acknowledged that “ensuring a fair and equitable implementation of our future relation with the EU requires provision for dispute resolution”.

This session considers the possible options that could be taken to resolve procurement disputes in the future.


*Agendas subject to change