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HSJ Efficiency Award for NHS Wales Mental Health Project

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From left: Shane Mills (Clinical Lead) Julian Baker (Programme Lead), Chris Spark, Nic Cowley (Head of Sourcing), Mark Roscow (Head of Procurement)

Attain’s customer NHS Wales have won the HSJ Efficiency Award for their Collaborative Procurement Project for Secure Mental Health Services for Efficiency in Procurement.

Attain’s team, headed by Chris Spark, provided commercial advice throughout the project, which brought together health boards across Wales to commission specialist secure services under a single national framework.

The project has improved the quality of service provision and outcomes for patients requiring low and medium secure mental health and learning disability services in Wales, while also making £4.7m of savings for NHS Wales in 2012–13. A further saving of £1.5m is expected in this financial year as a result of the collaborative project.

Attain brought a wealth of experience in stakeholder management, planning and implementing change within the Mental Health care area, which assisted NHS Wales to deliver an effective procurement project. Attain provided agile commercial support, procurement advice and quality assurance throughout the project which was sensitive to local organisational, political and social issues.

Chris is delighted with the success: “We are pleased and proud to see this project get the recognition it deserves. It has been a fantastic collaboration across a wide range of stakeholders, particularly between clinical and non-clinical teams resulting in better quality services to patients and better value for money for NHS Wales.”

The HSJ judges’ comments saw the project as ‘delivering significant cash savings throughout Wales and demonstrating the huge benefits for patients and taxpayers this approach can bring. There would appear to be potential [to apply it] in mental health and social care in the rest of the UK.’

The winners of the HSJ Efficiency Awards were announced at a ceremony in London on September 25.

For more information on the project see Our Customers and click on the Wales case study, or contact Chris Spark.

You can also read more on the NHS Wales website.