HealthTrust Europe Welcomes Emma James as New Chief Commercial Officer

Birmingham, UK – HealthTrust Europe, a leading procurement organisation and strategic supply chain partner for healthcare providers and the wider public sector, is delighted to announce the appointment of Emma James as its new Chief Commercial Officer, effective May 2024.

With an illustrious career spanning over 15 years in procurement and supply chain management within the public sector, Emma brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role at HealthTrust Europe. Prior to her appointment, Emma has notably contributed to the procurement field through her roles in purchasing consortia within education and local government, and most recently, at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, where she served as Director of Procurement and Supply Chain for four years.

Emma is a celebrated figure in the procurement community, having been honoured with a Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply in recognition of her outstanding dedication and contributions to the profession. She holds CIPS qualifications and a Master’s in Public Procurement Law & Policy, and is currently advancing her knowledge further with an Executive MBA in Leadership & Management from Hult Ashridge Business School.

HealthTrust Europe, headquartered in Birmingham, prides itself on its proven track record of delivering premier procurement solutions that enhance operational efficiencies, foster cost savings, enable access to innovative technologies, and bolster the performance of public sector services. Partnering with over 2,500 suppliers, HealthTrust Europe is a trusted procurement ally to more than 1,000 organisations.

The addition of Emma James to the leadership team underscores HealthTrust Europe’s commitment to excellence and innovation in procurement and supply chain management. Emma’s extensive background and forward-thinking approach will be instrumental in driving the organisation’s mission to support healthcare providers and the public sector in achieving their operational and strategic goals.

About HealthTrust Europe:

HealthTrust Europe is a leading procurement partner, specialising in healthcare and public sector procurement solutions. Based in Birmingham, the company supports over 1,000 organisations by providing cost-effective procurement strategies, access to innovative technologies, and a commitment to operational excellence.

 

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HealthTrust Europe Demonstrates Commitment to Community for Sixth Year

HealthTrust Europe is a company that takes its corporate social responsibility seriously. For six consecutive years, the company has been striving to positively impact the communities it serves, selecting a charity to support each calendar year

This year’s proceeds will go to The Miscarriage Association, a UK-based charity that provides support and information to people affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy and molar pregnancy. HealthTrust Europe’s donation will help the charity to continue providing vital services to those in need.

During the cheque handover ceremony, representatives from HealthTrust Europe and Karn Dyson from The Miscarriage Association gathered to celebrate the partnership and express their mutual dedication to making a difference to families across the community.

The Miscarriage Association’s Fundraising Manager, Karn Dyson, was delighted to visit a recent “All Hands” meeting at HealthTrust Europe’s Edgbaston site to be presented with the cheque and thank colleagues for their generosity. During this meeting, she also shared details of how the funds would be utilised.

Karn said, “The Miscarriage Association is a national charity providing support and information to anyone who is affected by miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy. It provides staffed helpline services, in-person and online peer support groups, a comprehensive website, patient information leaflets, and training for healthcare professionals and employers.

“The £6,333 raised by HealthTrust Europe will go a long way towards supporting over 8,000 direct contact service users and helping to provide some of the 250,000 free leaflets we supply to the NHS each year. The team at Health Trust Europe was warm and welcoming. It showed a real interest and passion for fundraising in the workplace to help others in challenging situations. Thank you all for your generosity and hard work; it really is appreciated.”

The funds raised resulted from the Peak District Charity Walk, HealthTrust Europe Bake Off, Fundraising Raffle and many other event contributions, showcasing the company’s financial commitment and enthusiasm of its employees, which the ceremony’s attendees agreed demonstrated a corporate culture that values social responsibility and actively engages in initiatives to support the wider community.

Vivek Jain, Chief Financial Officer of HealthTrust Europe, said:

“We firmly believe in making a positive impact within our local communities and we are honoured to have been able to make a small difference to the lives of families across Birmingham. I am very grateful to colleagues across HealthTrust Europe who took part in the fundraising activities throughout 2023 and look forward to continuing our efforts to support important causes in the year ahead.”

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.”

 

NHS 75th Anniversary

Celebrating 75 Years of our NHS: A Journey of Care and Collaboration

As we celebrate the 75th birthday of our National Health Service (NHS), we would like to take a moment to reflect on the incredible milestones achieved by this esteemed institution. The NHS has been a beacon of healthcare excellence, providing care and support to millions of people across the United Kingdom. At HealthTrust Europe, we have had the privilege of collaborating with the NHS, witnessing first-hand the dedication, compassion, and innovation that has driven its success.   

Join us as we commemorate this historic milestone and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of the NHS to the healthcare landscape.

A Legacy of Service 

Since its inception in 1948, the NHS has become a symbol of national pride and unity. It has transcended political boundaries and continued to deliver high-quality healthcare services to all, irrespective of their background or financial means. The tireless efforts of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals, and support staff have saved countless lives and improved the well-being of millions.

Driving Innovation 

Innovation has been at the heart of the NHS’s journey. From pioneering surgical techniques to breakthrough treatments, the NHS has consistently pushed the boundaries of healthcare innovation. By embracing technological advancements, digital solutions, and research collaborations, the NHS has transformed patient care and made significant strides in disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment.

Partnerships for Progress 

Collaboration has been a cornerstone of the NHS’s success. Public and private sector partnerships have played a pivotal role in enhancing the delivery of healthcare services. HealthTrust Europe  have had the privilege of working with the NHS, providing essential medical supplies, equipment, and services. Through these partnerships, we have witnessed the power of collaboration in achieving improved patient outcomes and operational efficiency.

Embracing Diversity and Inclusion 

The NHS has been a pioneer in fostering diversity and inclusion within the healthcare workforce. It recognises that a diverse workforce brings unique perspectives, experiences, and skills, ultimately enhancing patient care. By promoting inclusivity, the NHS has created an environment that celebrates differences and ensures equitable access to healthcare services for all.
 

Adapting to Changing Needs
 

Over the years, the NHS has faced numerous challenges, including demographic shifts, evolving healthcare needs, and unprecedented global crises. Yet, it has shown remarkable resilience and adaptability in the face of adversity. Whether it’s addressing pandemics, improving mental health support, or tackling long-term health issues, the NHS has consistently risen to the occasion, evolving to meet the changing needs of the population it serves.

On this momentous occasion of the NHS’s 75th birthday, we salute the unwavering dedication and commitment of the entire NHS. Their tireless efforts have touched the lives of countless individuals, bringing hope, healing, and comfort. Everyone at HealthTrust Europe is honoured to be part of the NHS’s journey, contributing to the shared goal of delivering exceptional healthcare services. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the NHS, working together to shape the future of healthcare in the years to come.

Happy 75th birthday, NHS! Here’s to many more years of excellence and compassionate care. 

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HealthTrust Europe joins HCSA Corporate Partner Programme

HealthTrust Europe is proud to be a Corporate Partner of the HealthCare Supply Chain Association (HCSA). The HCSA is dedicated to developing, supporting and celebrating the work of all healthcare procurement and supply chain professionals in support of one NHS. Together, we aim to foster a more efficient and sustainable supply chain, ultimately benefitting healthcare organisations and the patients they serve Click here to read the full announcement HCSA announces HealthTrust Europe as latest Corporate Partner | HCSA (nhsprocurement.org.uk)

HealthTrust Europe Receives High Commendation at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023!

HealthTrust Europe is delighted to announce that our Digital Pathology project has been Highly Commended in the Procurement Project of the Year at the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023, recognising our outstanding dedication to improving healthcare and effective collaboration with the NHS across multiple complex systems.

The event was attended by over 900 guests, bringing together national healthcare leaders and professionals from both the NHS and private sector to celebrate the crucial contributions of the private sector within the NHS. The evening celebrated the achievements of a total of 141 finalists over 21 categories.

The Health & Care Act cites collaboration and partnership working as the key success factor for the future sustainability of the NHS. The HSJ Partnerships Awards are therefore not just a celebration of success stories but also a platform to shape the future of our integrated health and care system.

The prestigious award programme, now in its sixth year, recognises and honours the most effective partnerships, innovative projects and collaborations in the UK health system. Entering, being chosen as a Finalist, then being honoured with a High Commendation shines a light on HealthTrust Europe’s role in strengthening the healthcare system. This accolade also validates the importance of this project and gives our team the confidence to continue its tireless support work.

The judging panel comprised a diverse range of 90 highly regarded figures across the NHS and wider healthcare sector.

The Digital Pathology project partnership was selected based on its diligence, ambition, and the positive impact that the project has had on both practitioners and patients across 19 NHS Trusts in the PathLAKE consortium.  There was no pre-existing dedicated procurement route designed specifically to support requirements for digital pathology, creating a significant barrier to the overall project success.

The scope was to digitise histopathology slides and transition Trusts towards full digitalisation via the procurement of digital slide scanners and Image Management Software, enabling the foundation to advance towards clinical diagnostics via Artificial Intelligence solutions.

Key stakeholders were mapped and engaged, including Pathologists, Clinical Directors,

Laboratory Staff, Procurement Leads, IT Leads, Project Management Leads which formed critical support for the project to be successful and be delivered within the required timeframe.

As a direct result of this procurement procedure the consortium has benefitted from the power of aggregated spend resulting in a significant direct 30% saving for members of PathLAKE Plus across the services, supporting the Carter efficiency programme aims.

Quote from spokespersons

Dale Robinson, COO at HealthTrust Europe comments, “We are incredibly proud to have been Highly Commended in the Procurement Project of the Year, recognising the collaborative efforts and dedication of our team to successfully implement the ‘Upscaling of Digital Pathology project’. We are committed to delivering improved outcomes for patients, and to be included in the category among the other incredible nominees is a real achievement. To be recognised by the judges in this way in the renowned HSJ Partnership Awards provides a seal of approval for the work that we strive to deliver and supports all the hard work of both our team and our NHS partners at UHCW Trust and PathLAKE Plus. We continue to progress our partnership work with an extra sense of pride and a continued commitment to provide outstanding services to the NHS.”

HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments, “We’re delighted that HealthTrust Europe is Highly Commended in the category of Procurement Project of the Year at this year’s HSJ Partnership Awards 2023. The work of HealthTrust Europe has been recognised in an outstanding field of nominees, each showcasing the very best collaborations and innovations in the healthcare sector today. Well done HealthTrust Europe – all credit to you and your team – you can be proud of all that you’ve achieved.”

Winners and Highly Commended projects were selected following a rigorous judging stage ahead of the HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 awards ceremony.