NHS resource Collaborative Procurement Hub was launched in April 2006 and is entirely owned and accountable to Member Trust organisations within the NHS East Midlands region. Its core objective is to deliver £67.4m of cumulative savings for reinvestment in front line services, improved products and services across 29 NHS organisations.
Yameen Rashid is Category Manager for the Corporate Services Category- IT & Telecoms at NHS re:source and is involved in choosing suppliers and products for the procurement hub.
NHS employees are increasingly involved in taking critical data off site to work from home. The devices used to do this may not have the necessary government specified security measures in place. Yameen Rashid, along with governing body Connecting for Health (CfH), acknowledged the need to find a supplier that could provide easy to use, robust, agile (ease of use) high-end security devices at the best possible price and delivered in the shortest possible time from stock.
As a VAR with depth and breadth of expert IT provision to NHS, Probrand Ltd provided a "procurement excellence" process accredited by CIPS. This best practice best value approach offered consistent best price and immediate delivery on 'beyond brief' encrypted USB.
Probrand's exclusive supply of SafeStick USBs offered 'always-on' AES 256, M.O.D. level encryption, which exceeds CfH specification.
The USBs also come with SafeConsole - a centralised web-based management system that provides a single point of control for all USB devices within an organisation.
Probrand Ltd is delivering SafeStick USB drives to the NHS re:source procurement hub, its member NHS Trust's, other NHS procurement and their member Trusts and any public sector body in the UK.
The USB drives are offered at heavily discounted rates as part of Probrand's ongoing commitment to supporting the public sector.
Yameen Rashid said: "Since SafeStick has been made available to us Probrand Ltd has saved Trusts in the East Midlands £700,000 and around £2M nationally for the NHS and public sector.
"As an approved Buying Solutions supplier Probrand was able to offer value for money. The entire purchasing process was efficient, saving valuable time that enabled the protection of mobile data even faster than expected. This has improved home working efficiency and business continuity.
"The cashable and non-cashable savings have enabled us to stretch budgets and reinvest back into NHS frontline services aligned with our goals.
Probrand's appeal as a sole encrypted USB supplier is also borne from customer service excellence, automated RFQ, order and delivery audit trail. This means NHS Trusts spend less time on procurement administration.
"SafeStick performed very well against our rigorous tests that were designed to imitate the vulnerability of different environments. For example, it withstood high impacts and abrasions, survived being submerged in water, and maintained functionality after exposure to liquids and cleaning products. To date, the feedback from the public sector organisations using it has been extremely pleasing and reassuring."