Let the Great British Public sort the PPE problem.

Sewing PPE kit

Activate your sewing machines for the NHS.








We cannot hit the required PPE procurement through the usual methods, so pivot to add more products. How do we do this? Mobilize the Great British public.

  1. Get a small team together with a clear leader (MOD; BBC; Royal Mail, a bank) and the backing of the Cabinet;
  2. Publish all the designs and specifications for PPE online;
  3. Set up a receiving station such as MOD Donnington with a testing station;
  4. Get the Great British Sewing Bee to create a specialist programme to make examples of the product;
  5. Open the material shops on a short term basis to supply qualifying material;
  6. Ask the British public with a sewing machine to make a product;
  7. Print off a submission form from the web and include it with the goods;
  8. Post to a Freepost address at the receiving station;
  9. Test the goods, those accepted can be stored at MOD site chosen;
  10. Put accepted goods through sterilization;
  11. When sufficient sterilised goods ready, make into loads for appropriate health care settings, to be delivered by the MOD;
  12. For all product accepted, pay a standard payment which you announce at the start (upper quartile of the last tendered price would be fair) with an option to donate the cash to the NHS Charities;
  13. Bank organizes the payments (from a Government-funded account) as they are used to processing small amounts (the existing government system is too complex and this is a short term one-off activity);
  14. All product rejected return at Government’s cost with thanks and the reason so that they can correct and resubmit;

Relatively quick and simple to do and all products irrespective of colors patterns etc. would be gratefully received by front-line staff.  Cost is not the driver here, it is getting the right kit to the front line and lots of it. 

Be more strategic.

When I started my career, our tools were filing cabinets, index cards, a book of contract terms and a variety of templates referencing the book.

Today, they can be anything from a simple electronic storage system for contracts through to either a partial or fully-automated contracting life-cycle solution. In some cases they can replace many of your legal team members in assessing agreements, identifying inefficiencies and compliance. All major ERP solutions offer the ability to optimize the contract negotiation process today because it has the potential to improve the profitability of an organisation very significantly.

Our function should be becoming more strategic, as opposed to tactical, and therefore we need to act in a strategic manner.  We don’t want to be caught up in processing small value procurement, that can be automated. Any job that is repetitive in nature is crying out for automation.

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