Pharma Managers Series – HSE Procurement

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Date Friday, March 26th , 2021
Time 8:00 am - 9:00 am

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The HBS (Health Business Services) is the business division of the HSE.  Heading up this essential division is John Swords, National Director with the HBS.  We’re delighted that John will be joining us on March 26th, to talk about: 

  • Procurement policies of the HBS & how these affect the pharma industry 
  • Scope for improvements within procurement & the impact to patients 
  • Update on the DPS roll-out 
  • How Covid affected their procurement policies 


John Swords, National Director – Health Business Services (HBS)

John is responsible for the overall provision of high quality business services and solutions globally across the health sector.  The portfolio of the shared services business operations includes Business Excellence & Digital Innovation, Estates, Finance, Procurement, SAP Centre of Excellence and National integrated Staff Records & Pay Programme (NiSRP), all of which are used by multiple parts of the organisation.

John has in excess of 30 years’ experience in the HSE from both a Finance and Procurement perspective.   With a keen focus on driving transformational business along with introducing new digital innovations to support service improvements across the organisation, John is also highly experienced in effectively leading teams during challenging times.  An example of this leadership refers to the COVID-19 pandemic where HBS played a critical  role in ensuring that despite a rapidly evolving environment, supply of goods, services and business solutions to customers were supported, maintained and responsive to business requirements. 

In his previous role as Head of Procurement, John was instrumental in progressing the strategic procurement journey across the HSE.  His remit required a key focus on leading change through development and delivery of a new Procurement Operating Model.  This incorporated the implementation of a Procurement Sourcing Plan, compliance improvement, development and roll out of the National Logistics Service along with supporting the National Finance Reform and Stabilisation Programmes.



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Date: 26/03/2021