Business Services Organisation Procurement and Logistics Service

Collaborative Procurement Team for Design and Commission of NI-based PPE Manufacture

The arrival of Covid19 seemed to be the end of the world for healthcare procurement as we knew it with global demand for PPE items significantly outstripping supply. Both the World Health Organisation and the UK Government recommended on-shoring of PPE production to reduce the impact of these issues – a solution that can’t be switched on overnight. This is a story of how Business Services Organisation established a cross-functional team of HSCNI experts to design and implement a high-quality, locally-manufactured FFP3 mask in only six months.