Equipment Procurement

8 December 2020


Organised by IPEM's Diagnostic Radiology Special Interest Group 

Equipment procurement in the NHS is a complex process which requires a multidisciplinary approach. The MPE is one of many stakeholders that must contribute to ensure equipment that best meets the clinical and operational needs of the patients and the department is selected and installed whilst fulfilling all regulatory requirements. IRMER 2017 defines the role of the MPE and their wide remit when applied to equipment procurement: involvement of the MPE in technical specifications and installation design, acceptance testing and ongoing quality assurance are all required.

The events of recent times have seen a much needed increase in funding for new equipment; however, national procurement and short purchasing timelines have frequently resulted in the omission of the local MPE in the procurement process, often with sub-optimal results. With recent recommendations for a dramatic increase in diagnostic capacity over the coming years and the challenges associated with delivering healthcare in the COVID era, the need for MPEs to be involved to ensure equipment best suits the needs of the population for which it is intended has only become more pertinent.

This meeting will aim to bring together past experiences and shared learning from MPEs and other stakeholders that can be applied to ensure successful procurement projects in the future. This meeting may also be of interest to aspiring MPEs hoping to understand the procurement process and how they can be most effective in their future role.

Educational Aims

An overview of equipment procurement processes in the NHS, including all relevant stakeholders
To provide attendees with knowledge of the requirements of the MPE as related to equipment procurement as mandated by IRMER 2017

Learning Outcomes
An understanding of the process and legislative requirements associated with radiological equipment procurement
An understanding of the type of advice an MPE should contribute to equipment procurement

Abstract Submission
Abstract submissions are invited from interested professionals in healthcare, industry and academia. Presentations in all relevant areas and disciplines are welcome. If you would like to submit an abstract for this conference, please follow the instructions on our Abstract Submission page. Please note accepted abstract presentations recieve free registration for online events. 

Abstract submission deadline: 26/10/2020

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Registration fees (please note the event will be recorded and access will be available to attendees after the event)

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Please note that payment via invoice is only available until 27th November. After that date credit card will be accepted.
Registration deadline: 03/12/2020

Conference Resources 
The provisional programme and abstracts will be available here.
Presentation slides will be available after the event 
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This conference will take online

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