The National Healthcare Group (NHG) Group Purchasing Office (GPO) partnered NHG College earlier this year to rollout the inaugural Structured Training Programme known as 'ALIGN', under the NHG Procurement Transformation initiative to upskill procurement professionals within NHG institutions by equipping them with 'future-ready' skills to respond to fast changing business needs.


Aimed at creating a synergistic and engaging procurement community, build capability and forge a stronger bond within the community, the approaches and concepts taught during the longitudinal programme will help procurement professionals: Align procurement approaches; Lead procurement conversations as business stakeholders; Initiate new projects; Grow in leadership and confidence; and Network with internal staff, collectively described by the acronym 'ALIGN'.


Adopting the 70:20:10 approach, participants were required to apply what they learnt to their workbased project – to solve a workplace issue of challenge-, as agreed with their Reporting Officers (ROs). Modelling a Community of Practice (CoP), the participants will meet regularly over a 10-month period, learn from each other, and support each other through peer coaching, as well as support and guidance from their ROs.


"We hope that this initiative would help procurement professionals share their experiences and knowledge, creating greater value for Healthcare," said Ms Esther Ho, Deputy Director, GPO, adding that the programme will culminate with a showcase of the work-based projects, as well as the formation of an actual Procurement CoP in NHG.