By Lyall Allen
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) is set to increase the positive impact it makes across its area by helping local companies compete for its business and buying goods and services as sustainably as possible.
Each year, the Board spends over £700 million with suppliers and a clear Corporate Social Responsibility plan has been developed to ensure people across the Board area, and wider, benefit from this annual investment.
Small and medium sized businesses and third sector organisations are being helped to bid for contracts with the Board. A dedicated group has also been set with a focus sustainability being a significant factor in contracts.
Tom Steele, director of Estates and Facilities, NHSGGC, said: “As Scotland’s largest health board we are determined to use our high-profile as a buyer of goods and services to make a positive impact on our society while reducing our impact on the environment.
“We have developed a number of ways where we encourage and assist local businesses and third sector organisations to bid for contracts with us. We’re improving awareness of these opportunities through advertising, streamlining the bidding process and taking part in high-profile ‘Meet the Buyer’ events.
“We’re participating in the 11th Meet the Buyer event on 13 November at Hampden Park where more than 1,500 people are expect to attend. It’s the largest free procurement event of its kind in Scotland and gives suppliers unprecedented access to buyers and decision makers.
“When we’re agreeing contracts we positively consider a number of factors and assess how each tender ensures goods are bought ethically.
“The food we buy for patient meals and the food we allow to be sold by retailers in our hospitals also have to meet stringent standards. This ensures we are playing a role in improving the health of our patients and people coming into hospitals and spreading education around nutrition.
“As a Board we are very progressive and we are working to ensure that we use our size to benefit as many people as possible.
“We are fully committed to delivering not only excellent healthcare, but also champion employment for local people, sustainability and improving the social conditions of all the people whose lives we touch on.”