HealthTrust Europe teams up with FareShare Birmingham to deliver 2,000 meals

HealthTrust Europe, a leading healthcare business based in Edgbaston, has teamed up with charity Fareshare to help deliver food to residents in need across Birmingham. 

 

Fareshare is the UK’s largest charity fighting hunger and food waste by reducing food waste and delivering vital services to people most in need across local communities. They prevent good food from going to waste by redistributing it to frontline charities. The work of its volunteers is crucial to ensuring that Fareshare accomplishes its mission, performing critical tasks like preparing orders at the depots across the city and ensuring that food is distributed as quickly as possible.  

 

As we enter winter, team members from HealthTrust Europe volunteered with the charity to sort, package and prepare orders for collection and delivery. This volunteer work helped ensure that food reached those most in need, resulting in saving 2,000 meals from going to waste by the end of the day.  

 

HealthTrust Europe’s support for Fareshare is part of its wider mission to support its local community. The company is committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those most in need and hopes that other organisations will be inspired to take advantage of the volunteering opportunities available to them across Birmingham and the West Midlands.  

 

The initiative is just the latest charitable cause HealthTrust Europe has supported. Team members from the leading procurement organisation recently embarked on an ambitious fundraising walk to raise money for HealthTrust Europe’s charity for 2023, the Miscarriage Association, and raised thousands in the process.  

 

Bashira Begum, a volunteer from HealthTrust Europe, said: 

“Volunteering at Fareshare Birmingham was an eye-opening experience. It was amazing to see how much food could go to waste every day and how much of a difference we can make by redistributing it to those in need. I would highly recommend volunteering at Fareshare Birmingham to anyone who wants to positively impact their community.” 

 

Hannah Barton, HealthTrust Europe’s HR Director, said: 

“Volunteering provides an opportunity for colleagues to give something back to the community, whilst developing new skills and connecting with people over a common purpose. At HTE, we believe that everyone has something to offer, and encourage our employees to get involved with our corporate volunteering scheme, for the greater good as well as their own wellbeing”. 

 

HealthTrust Europe announces Gary Welch as incoming CEO

HealthTrust Europe, a trusted procurement organisation and supply chain partner for healthcare providers, has announced the appointment of Gary Welch as its new Chief Executive Officer. Gary will officially join the business in February 2024.

Gary has nearly 20 years of experience in health and social care and will be joining HealthTrust Europe from Oxford University Foundation Trust, where he served as Director of Procurement and Supply Chain.

Starting his career in engineering and production management, Gary then joined the NHS in 2005 as part of the Supply Chain Excellence Programme. Here, he worked closely on one of the first collaborative procurement hubs in the NHS, before holding a number of senior procurement roles across the health service. Gary also led the procurement programme at The Shelford Group, a collaboration between ten of the largest teaching and research NHS hospital trusts in England.

Located in Birmingham, HealthTrust Europe has an enviable track record of delivering leading procurement solutions addressing all aspects of public sector delivery and is a Trusted Procurement Partner to over 1,000 organisations. Working with over 2,500 suppliers, the company empowers providers to achieve operational efficiencies and cost savings, access innovative technologies, and strengthen the performance of their services.

Commenting on his appointment, Gary Welch said:

“I am thrilled to be joining the HealthTrust Europe team at a time when healthcare is at the forefront of the challenges across the public and private sectors. The opportunity for procurement to deliver innovation and value to our customers has never been greater.

I am excited to get started and maximise our potential in the procurement sector, ensuring that HealthTrust Europe continues to offer invaluable support to our customers, helping them to deliver excellent patient care while driving efficiency and innovation in both healthcare and non-healthcare sectors.

“HealthTrust Europe boasts an exceptional team of committed and talented colleagues and I look forward to leading the business from strength to strength.”

HealthTrust Europe’s Executive Leadership Team said:

“We are delighted to announce Gary Welch as our incoming Chief Executive Officer. Gary brings an outstanding track record of success and his leadership will be invaluable for securing the continued success of HealthTrust Europe.

“We look forward to welcoming Gary as we continue our mission to help providers enhance and improve the services they provide to the communities they serve.”

HealthTrust Europe raises thousands for Miscarriage Association charity

Employees from the leading healthcare business HealthTrust Europe, which is based in Edgbaston, have raised over £2,700 for the Miscarriage Association from embarking on an ambitious sponsored walk in the Peak District.

The walk aimed to raise funds for the crucial support the Miscarriage Association provides to individuals and families affected by the loss of a baby in pregnancy. The team at HealthTrust Europe initially set a fundraising target of £1,500 for the walk but, after receiving overwhelming support from donors, the team exceeded this goal to help the charity to expand its reach and impact. This will go far towards reaching HealthTrust Europe’s £5,000 goal for the year.

The walk for the Miscarriage Association, which is HealthTrust Europe’s named charity for 2023, kicked off from Bakewell in the Peak District. The route, known as the ‘Lathkill Loop,’ spans over 7 miles with a climb of over 500 feet.

A total of seven team members from HealthTrust Europe participated in the walk, demonstrating their commitment to supporting the Miscarriage Association’s vital work. The team also hopes to raise awareness of the organisation, which offers vital support to those experiencing miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or molar pregnancy.

Tragically, an estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, and more are lost through ectopic and molar pregnancy. The Miscarriage Association believes that pregnancy loss matters. They work tirelessly to provide support, resources, and advocacy to those in need, and use their influence to make a difference.

HealthTrust Europe has a proud history of supporting charitable causes through walks and other charitable initiatives. In a similar event in 2019, the team walked to Snowden, which contributed to them raising a total of over £10,000 that year for the mental health charity Mind. They also raised over £10,000 last year in support Birmingham Children’s Hospital through activities which included taking part in a Dragon Boat Race.

To support HealthTrust Europe’s fundraising activities for the Miscarriage Association, please visit HTE fundraiser for The Miscarriage Association fundraising for The Miscarriage Association on JustGiving

Speaking of the walk, Manesha, Senior Customer Care Specialist at HealthTrust Europe said:
“We had a wonderful day in the Peak District with colleagues to raise money for such a fantastic cause. We walked 12.73km and it took us 5hr.16mins, the weather was challenging however we were determined to finish the walk as we know it was for such a great cause”.

Karn Dyson, Fundraising Manager for the Miscarriage Association, said:  “We were absolutely delighted when staff at Health Trust Europe nominated us as their charity of the year for 2023.  Their continued support throughout the year has been hugely beneficial in helping us to continue to support those who need us the most at what can be a very difficult and lonely time.  The teams sponsored Peak District walk, during one of the wettest weekends of the summer, must have really tested their resilience and commitment to helping our charity, and we recognise their hard work in planning, organising, and completing such a challenging event.  We are really grateful to the team at Health Trust Europe for their amazing support, and for signposting people to our services.

Well done, and a heartfelt thanks, to all!”

How can the NHS manage clinical waste safely and effectively?

NHS England’s Clinical Waste Strategy, launched in March 2023, sets ambitious targets to improve how the health service plans to manage and dispose of waste by 2030. Wrapped into this strategy include other targets for managing the 156,000 tonnes of clinical waste created per year, including reducing the net cost of clinical waste management by 15% per tonne and cutting carbon emissions from waste management by 80%. However, against a backdrop of financial constraints and workforce pressures, how can we ensure that these goals are achieved?

This strategy was launched five years after the waste management crisis of 2018 which saw a failure to adequately dispose of hazardous clinical waste due to capacity constraints within the existing disposal network. In response, the Clinical Waste Strategy sets out targets to improve national and regional resilience for treating clinical waste, including expanding the capacity of NHS Trusts to treat this waste.

At HealthTrust Europe, we understand the importance of disposing of clinical waste safely and effectively. Our Total Waste Management Framework has been developed to be simple to use for NHS Trusts, backed by leading suppliers who offer true supply capability and the expertise to assist NHS Trusts with the complexities of managing clinical waste.

As a bespoke agreement, this Framework includes the provision of clinical waste services from the point of collection through to the final disposal of clinical waste. This aligns with the Clinical Waste Strategy, with our suppliers delivering cost-effective and secure services from the point of collection and through to final disposal.

Our Total Waste Management Framework is also receptive to the unique challenges that each individual NHS Trust faces when managing and disposing of clinical waste. With the Clinical Waste Strategy applying to the entirety of NHS England, HealthTrust Europe recognises that some NHS Trusts face a more challenging prospect for contributing to these targets. Our Total Waste Management framework has been designed to be flexible to the needs and challenges facing individual Trusts. Customers of this Framework can access free support from leading suppliers to ensure that they are moving towards these targets, supported by our leading customer care team who are on hand to support the procurement and onboarding process.

The NHS is one of the largest producers of waste in the country and ensuring that this strategy is achieved is crucial for not only protecting the safety of the public, but also ensuring that the health service is moving towards its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Our Total Waste Management framework offers a unique opportunity to help realise this ambition, effortlessly connecting Trusts with leading clinical waste disposal suppliers who are specialists in removing and treating clinical waste safely and effectively.

For more information on our Total Waste Management Framework, visit www.healthtrusteurope.com/public-sector/total-waste-management

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Community Garden welcomes HealthTrust Europe volunteers

HealthTrust Europe, the leading healthcare business based in Edgbaston, has teamed up with the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Community Garden with five team members taking part in a day of charitable gardening.

Through a partnership with The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), the team members from HealthTrust Europe helped to build new raised flower beds in the community garden which serves the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. TCV connects people and communities with their local green spaces across the country, transforming over 1,200 green spaces to date while championing the benefits of active lives and good nutrition.

The project at the hospital is one of a number of ‘Green Gyms’ that TCV is supporting around the UK. With the help of HealthTrust Europe’s volunteers and others from the community, the garden will soon be transformed after it became overgrown during the COVID-19 pandemic. TCV is welcoming volunteers to get involved in the Green Gym through their weekly sessions.

HealthTrust Europe’s support for the Community Garden is part of its wider mission to meet net zero by 2030. The company is committed to making a positive impact on the local environment and hopes that other organisations will be inspired to take advantage of the volunteering opportunities available to them across the West Midlands.

The initiative is just the latest charitable cause HealthTrust Europe has supported. Team members from the leading procurement solutions business are set to embark on an ambitious fundraising walk to raise money for HealthTrust Europe’s charity for 2023, the Miscarriage Association.

 James Ruppel, a volunteer from HealthTrust Europe, said:

“We all had a fantastic morning practising our sawing and drilling skills whilst making a real difference to the Community Garden.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is an important local institution, and this rejuvenated Community Garden promises to offer a place of calm and comfort for those visiting or living locally. With lots of opportunities to get involved with, I encourage all to explore volunteering with TVC and reap the benefits of supporting their local communities!”

Vivek Jain, HealthTrust Europe’s Vice President for Finance, Sales and Marketing, said:

“We are really pleased to be supporting the fantastic work that TCV is doing at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Community Garden, not least their efforts to encourage environmental stewardship and community engagement locally.

Our commitment to ensuring HealthTrust Europe’s employees can make the most of volunteering initiatives locally is longstanding and I look forward to seeing many more colleagues doing their bit to support local causes.

We are firmly committed to protecting the local environment, and make a positive impact within our local communities, as we move towards our own target of being a net zero organisation by 2023.”

 

HealthTrust Europe Pledges Support for the Miscarriage Association Charity In 2023

HealthTrust Europe has announced that they will be supporting the Miscarriage Association in 2023. This commitment is part of their annual tradition of selecting a main charity to support through company-wide voting. Employees nominate charities, and the selected charity receives support and fundraising efforts for the next 12 months. The Miscarriage Association was the clear winner in the most recent vote. This partnership is particularly meaningful as the Miscarriage Association provides valuable support and resources for families experiencing the trauma of miscarriage. HealthTrust Europe’s decision to involve its employees in the decision-making process helps build engagement and support for the chosen cause.

The Miscarriage Association is a UK-based charity that provides support and information to people affected by pregnancy loss. The charity offers a range of services, including a helpline, online support groups, and one-to-one support for individuals and couples. They also work to improve research and training around miscarriage, and campaign for better support and care for those who experience pregnancy loss.

As part of their commitment to supporting the charity, HealthTrust Europe invited a representative from the Miscarriage Association, to talk to employees about their work. The talk was informative and thought-provoking, and helped to raise awareness about the issue of miscarriage and the importance of supporting those affected by it within the organisation.

Ruth Bender Atik, National Director of the Miscarriage Association, said:

“An estimated one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage – far more than most people think.  It can be a very shocking, distressing, and frightening experience and feelings of grief, loss, and anxiety are common. Miscarriage is often difficult to talk about, so those going through it often feel isolated and without the support and understanding they need. Health Trust Europe is helping us to help people.  The funds the team raises will go towards our support and information services.  Their open support for our work will raise public awareness of miscarriage and its impact and will point people to where they can find help.  Their conversations with family and friends will help open other conversations and make people feel less alone. We are so very grateful for their support.”

In addition to supporting the Miscarriage Association, HealthTrust Europe has also been actively involved in supporting other charitable causes. In 2022, the company raised over £10,000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital charity. The funds raised were used to support the hospital’s vital work in providing specialist care and treatment to sick children and their families.

Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s Chief Operating Officer said:

“Caring for human life is at the core of our mission at HealthTrust Europe, and we are honoured to announce that The Miscarriage Association has been chosen as our charity for 2023. The work they do to support those affected by pregnancy loss is truly remarkable, and our staff are deeply committed to supporting this cause. We look forward to engaging in various fundraising efforts throughout the year and hope to make a significant impact on the lives of those who have suffered such a profound loss.”

HealthTrust Europe’s decision to support the Miscarriage Association as their chosen charity for 2023 is a step in raising awareness about the issue of pregnancy loss and supporting those affected by it. HealthTrust Europe’s commitment to charitable causes is a testament to their values as an organisation. The company believes in making a positive impact in the communities they serve and supporting causes that are important to its employees and customers.

 

Empowering Women: Celebrating International Women’s Day with HealthTrust Europe

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, HealthTrust Europe is proud to acknowledge the achievements of women in healthcare and procurement.

Our workforce at HealthTrust Europe is gender balanced. We strive to support and empower women in healthcare and procurement, not just on International Women’s Day but every day. Our core value is to promote diversity and inclusion, recognizing that gender diversity is critical for creating an equitable and productive workplace where all employees feel valued and respected.

HealthTrust Europe is a learning organisation and one that recognises and embraces the talents of all. We strive to partner with our people to achieve fulfilment at work and mutual growth. Providing opportunities for women to advance in their careers is a priority for us and we are particularly proud that 50% of our people managers and Executive Board are female.

We demonstrate our passion for growth by offering a suite of impactful learning and education options, including experiential learning and on-the-job coaching, quality technical training, investment in education and professional qualifications, and access to quality self-directed learning. We firmly believe that when women prosper, so does our entire organisation.

While International Women’s Day is an opportunity to reflect on the progress made towards gender equality, we must also acknowledge that there is still much work to be done. Advocating for policies and practices that promote gender equity and support women in healthcare and procurement is vital. At HealthTrust Europe, we are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable workplace.

HealthTrust Europe also believes that supporting women’s health and wellbeing is crucial to creating an inclusive workplace and achieving gender equity. This is why we have developed a Women’s Health Toolkit that provides resources and information to help women make informed decisions about their health. The toolkit covers a range of topics, from reproductive health to mental health and menopause, and is available to all of our employees. We also understand that women’s health issues such as menopause can be a source of significant physical and emotional challenges for many women.

In addition to these initiatives, we are proud to support the Miscarriage Association as our charity of choice for 2023. Miscarriage is a deeply personal and often traumatic experience that affects many women and their families. By supporting this charity, we aim to raise awareness of the issue and provide support to those affected by miscarriage.

According to Hannah Barton, HR Director at HealthTrust Europe, “Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the heart of everything we do at HealthTrust Europe. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we recognise the vital role that women play in healthcare and procurement and feel proud of our gender balance at all levels. We remain dedicated to providing opportunities for women (and men) to advance in their careers and regularly review resources and initiatives with the aim of creating a more comfortable, inclusive workplace where all can thrive.”

To find out more about careers with HealthTrust Europe please visit https://www.healthtrusteurope.com/who-we-are/careers/

HealthTrust Europe Raises Over £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity

HealthTrust Europe has raised £10,224.05 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity through various fundraising activities, including a dragon boat race in which the HealthTrust Europe team were silver medallists. The race was organised to raise funds and awareness for the charity, and it brought the company’s employees together to train and compete in the event.

HealthTrust Europe also organised a series of other activities such as raffles, bake sales, pumpkin carving, and dress-down days. These events helped engage employees in the fundraising efforts and raise a significant amount of money for the charity. The funds will go towards supporting the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which provides vital care and treatment to children from across the region.

Dearbhla Craddock, Senior Corporate Partnerships Officer at Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity, said:

“The support HealthTrust Europe has shown for us over the past 12 months has blown us away and we can’t thank them enough.

“Their consistent and dedicated fundraising, including their stellar efforts at our Dragon Boat Race has seen them raise over £10,000 – an awe-inspiring amount which will go on to help us create better experiences for countless sick kids, through the improvement of our hospital environment and helping to fund new equipment and research. Thank you all so much.”

Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“At HealthTrust Europe, we believe in making a positive impact within our local communities and we’re honoured to contribute to the health and well-being of children and families in Birmingham.”

HealthTrust Europe is committed to making a positive impact in the communities it serves and believes that giving back to society is an important part of its mission and values. The company plans to continue to support charitable causes in 2023, and will shortly announce their chosen charity for focusing on this year.

HealthTrust Europe shortlisted as a finalist for the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023

HealthTrust Europe is delighted to announce that ‘The Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’ partnership with PathLAKE Plus and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust has been shortlisted for ‘Procurement Project of the Year’ at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023, recognising their outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS.

The national healthcare sector has faced many pressures recently, yet the dedication of this partnership in overcoming complex challenges highlights the enduring dedication to improving patient outcomes.

The outcome of the project partnership is to deliver digital pathology, AI capabilities and laboratory interoperability as part of the OLS Digital Pathology and imaging AI Scale Up Programme across a consortium of 19 NHS Trusts, and to share best practice across the NHS on the upscaling of digital pathology capabilities, leading to improved patient outcomes in pathways such as reducing cancer diagnostic waiting times. The existing procurement route was fragmented and challenging. HealthTrust Europe created an innovative compliant framework employing various creative approaches to a complex and clinically lead procurement process.

Being shortlisted for a HSJ Partnership Award has given our partnership teams acknowledgement for the outstanding work that has, and continues to deliver lifesaving patient outcomes that is nationally reproducible and the team’s efforts and continued work is recognised.

The HSJ Partnership Awards recognise and honour the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. The prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, is not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our new integrated health and care system.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector. To be shortlisted as a finalist for these awards, despite tough competition from a pool of brilliant applications, is a mark of real achievement for HealthTrust Europe. The project ‘Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’ partnership has been selected based on their diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients within the health care system, and is an example of how HealthTrust Europe creates partnerships across the health and care system.

Dale Robinson, HealthTrust Europe’s COO, said:

“We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the Procurement Project of the Year, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our team to successfully implement ‘The Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities’. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients, and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.  This nomination has been a tremendous boost to both to our team and our NHS partners at PathLAKE Plus and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and I am sure it will bolster our continued efforts to support the NHS delivery of improved care for patients.”

Dr David Clark, Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust’s Clinical Lead for Digital Pathology Implementation, said:

“None of this would have happened without the support of the PathLAKE Plus project funded by Innovate UK and the procurement run by HealthTrust Europe”

Representative for the Department of Health & Social Care, said:

“DHSC are delighted that HealthTrust Europe are being nominated for the Procurement Project of the Year Award in their efforts to scale-up digital pathology services for the NHS as part of the PathLAKE Plus project, as we recognise that better procurement not only provides essential cost savings for a key public sector organisation but also provides better value for money.

Technology is a force for good in our fight against deadly diseases – it can transform and save lives through faster diagnosis, free up clinicians to spend time with their patients and make every pound in the NHS go further.”

Steve Blunden, Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Operations Manager at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, said:

“…It is without doubt that working with PathLAKE Plus and Health Trust Europe has greatly improved our understanding of what is needed in order to procure and implement Digital Pathology across the South West Peninsula. HealthTrust Europe guided us through the procurement process…. using lessons they had learnt supporting other partners…”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan said:

“We would like to congratulate HealthTrust Europe on being nominated in the category of Procurement Project of the Year ahead of HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in March, to join us in recognising the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”

The winners will be selected following a rigorous judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 awards ceremony. The awards evening is expected to be attended by national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector as well as figures from non-clinical backgrounds to celebrate innovation and collaboration in healthcare.

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Catalog360 awarded as a supplier to UK Government G-Cloud 13 Framework

Catalog360 – a subsidiary of leading procurement company HealthTrust Europe – have been named as a supplier on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) G-Cloud 13 framework. Catalog360 is an awarded supplier for services under Lot 2 Cloud Software (SaaS) – applications which are accessed over the internet and hosted in the cloud.

G-Cloud 13 is live on the Government’s new Public Procurement Gateway (PPG) digital contract and award service from 9th November 2022. UK government departments and other public sector bodies registered to use the PPG service will be able to access and purchase Catalog360’s innovative cloud-based e-Procurement tool which offers advanced catalogue searching whilst giving users full control on spending across all business units and locations.

Catalog360 connects organisations to the supplier community, radically streamlining the procurement process using a combination of e-Procurement tools that give full control of spending across all business areas and locations. Catalog360 provides the tools to enable customers to manage assets with confidence. Reports and dashboards within the platform enable users to view their total spend at a click of a button, empowering effective decision making, maximising efficiency and keeping costs in check.

The G-Cloud 13 Framework supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. It offers solutions that can be utilised by organisations across the public sector, including – but not limited to – the NHS, government agencies and departments. CCS supports the public sector to achieve maximum commercial value when procuring common goods and services. In 2020/21, CCS helped the public sector to achieve commercial benefits equal to £2.04bn – supporting world-class public services that offer best value for taxpayers.

Chief Operating Officer, Dale Robinson, said:
“We are delighted that Catalog360 has been included in the UK Government Crown Commercial G-Cloud 13 initiative. We look forward to working together with Public sector organisations accessing this framework to help them respond to improve spend controls, embed organisational governance and to realise savings.
“Catalog360 is designed to deliver the greatest cost-savings to organisations, without ever compromising on quality. In the current economic climate, this is vitally important as we seek to maximise efficiencies in the public sector whilst continuing to deliver exceptional services.”

If you would like to learn more about Catalog360, please contact our dedicated Customer Care team via 0845 887 5000 or customercare@htepg.com. You can also find out more on the Catalog360 website.