Sunrise Senior Living UK has won the award for ‘Best Approach to Risk Mitigation’ in the Excellence in Procurement Awards 2020. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the awards, organised by the Chartered Institute of Procurement (CIPS). The Excellence in Procurement Awards are the top procurement awards in the UK, with an expert panel of independent judges who are all leaders in the profession.
Sunrise Senior Living UK won the Award for their triumph in ‘Project PPE’, as the business successfully procured sufficient Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supplies for all their UK care homes during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Within 24 hours of being tasked with securing adequate supplies of PPE, the small procurement team had sourced enough to supply all Sunrise Senior Living UK homes, whilst also buying emergency stock for Sunrise US. Additionally, they helped 12 other UK care providers use their supply channels to source their own PPE.
Bob Skinner is a Resident at Sunrise of Cardiff, he thanked the Procurement Team for helping to minimise the risk to all the Residents and Team at his care home, Bob said:
“I am a resident at Sunrise of Cardiff, and I have been here for about a year. I would like to thank Chris and Shaun for providing the PPE and all the equipment which has been necessary to keep us safe.
“It has kept us safe, always been up to date and we are very pleased with it.”
Sunrise Senior Living UK’s Procurement Team earned praise from the judges for leveraging the supply chain for market intelligence and developing sustainable local sources at speed. The judges also commended the team for demonstrating a good appreciation for solutions to the challenges faced. The team gained recognition for their ability to go above and beyond in helping Sunrise US and other care providers in the UK.
Laura Faulkner, Director of Shared Services at Nationwide Building Society and Judge at the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2020 said:
“Great job Sunrise Senior Living – the submission painted a very clear picture of how this small team addressed, delivered, and got recognition for their success. And then they have been able to learn and build on it afterwards.
“This is a really good example of managing a project that helps mitigate business risk that is reactive in its nature.”
Christopher Dean, Director of Procurement at Sunrise Senior Living UK added:
“We are absolutely honoured to win this CIPS Award for Excellence in Procurement. Our quick thinking has helped minimise risk of transmission and maximise the safety of residents. It was also amazing that we could help our colleagues in the US as well as other care providers in the UK with procurement of essential PPE.
“We look forward to supporting all our care homes in transitioning smoothly out the other side of this and establishing a new normal. I am so proud of the team for all their hard work throughout this pandemic.”