Welcome from the Chief Officer

How time flies! In 2019 we proudly enter our 59th year as HCSA, continuing to deliver current news and updates for our loyal existing and emerging new members. We are delighted to be a recognised part of the changing procurement landscape in healthcare and your valued feedback supports us in providing networking opportunities for you, colleagues, members and suppliers.

This year for our Winter Conference we have a superb line-up of speakers joining us who are aligned to several topical and emerging themes. There are also a number of workshops to stimulate delegate interaction and debate.

At our 2019 Summer Conference in June we tried a new method of audience participation and invited our delegate members to interact with the presenters live on We received some great feedback using this communication tool and you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ll be using this again in November.

Our Conference continues to grow and evolve each year. Following this year’s release of the NHS Long Term Plan we will offer some thoughts of what the reality is as we look to address Healthcare’s Digital Gap, see how SMART digital solutions are transforming healthcare today and take a forward look at the future of Healthcare and the roadmap that will help us get there.


Alan Hoskins



Each year we strive to improve on the content and what we offer our members at Conference. This year is no exception, and we have recognised that time and cost pressures continue to present challenges, so we want to ensure that your time away from the office is valuable and well spent. Therefore we have streamlined the programme and I hope we will continue to build upon the last couple of years, bringing you even more value as part of my third conference as Chief Officer of HCSA.

In 2019, my aim is to maintain and enhance what we offer, delivering the high quality standards that you should expect from HCSA as we embed our newly acquired charitable status. For Winter Conference we are returning to the beautiful Yorkshire town of Harrogate, in the heart of the North of England. Members are welcomed from across the UK and we extend a warm invitation to you to join us.

It’s no co-incidence that this year’s conference theme is Procurement the Reality – the Case for Change and Transformation. Changes are here and happening and we know from experience that they can work better when co-delivered. There continues to be an “important role” for trust-based procurement staff and much progress has been made over the past few years to bring commercial ownership and accountability to our organisations under a common framework that we have built together, promote together, and share together. As NHS procurement takes centre stage over the coming years and we see digital transformation evolve, we must consider how the workforce can adapt and upskill to be ready for new technology solutions.

Join us at Conference; take in the atmosphere and content, network with colleagues, work hard as you learn new things, soak up the information provided, enjoy and join the debate. Our aim is to equip you to return to your organisation energised and positive ready for the changes and transformation of NHS Procurement.

Alan Hoskins

Chief Officer HCSA