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i6 Programme: GO Awards Scotland finalist

Thursday October 18th, 2012

With the GO Awards just days away, we talk to Chief Superintendent Alec Hippman, Programme Manager for the Scottish Police Service’s i6 Programme, a finalist at this year’s GO Awards Scotland…

Why did you decide to put yourselves forward for the GO Awards Scotland this year?

To demonstrate that, despite current economic uncertainty and financial austerity, public sector procurement can achieve success and deliver best value. The team feels that the work we are doing is a perfect fit for the innovation and collaboration that the GO Awards aim to highlight. An opportunity to have an “independent” assessment of our approach and planning. An opportunity for the team to be recognised for their hard work and achievements.

What do you think sets you apart from the other nominees in your category/categories?

The i6 Procurement represents a fundamental building block for a once-in-a-generation transformation programme, which will reorganise the current eight Police Force model within Scotland into the Police Service of Scotland. From the outset we adopted an inclusive approach when considering our requirements. For example, we created a partnership group, to ensure that procurement outcomes would also respond to the needs of our partners in Criminal Justice and Public Protection. Also, the creation of a nationwide user network of operational subject matter experts to support a small, close knit team running a very high-profile procurement process. There was a high degree of adaptability and flexibility within the core team at all stages of the procurement process. Individuals worked outside their comfort zones and learned new skills in very challenging time periods. Despite these challenges every milestone of the plan, published at the commencement of procurement, has been achieved on time and within budget, completing over 150 dialogue workshops, with four suppliers, in nine months.

What would be the biggest benefit to your organisation from winning a GO Award?

It would provide a high level of confidence to our stakeholders that our processes, procedures and collaborative working over the past year are recognised by procurement experts as valid and robust. It would also confirm that the use of the Competitive Dialogue procurement process has been a valid investment and that the experience, learning and skills we have developed in this procedure can be reinvested in future large value procurements. There would be an increase in market confidence in the ability of the Police Service of Scotland to engage in large scale complex procurements.

What would you say has been your biggest challenge in the past year and how have you overcome it?

We had no prior experience or in-house expertise in Competitive Dialogue or a procurement of this scale and complexity at a national level. We overcame this by building a strong team drawn from operational business areas, in-house procurement, financial and ICT colleagues, supported by professional procurement advisors. We created a learning network among public sector partners including NHS, Local Authorities, UK Government Departments, Home Office and UK police agencies who had undertaken similar scale procurements.

What’s next for your organisation?

The successful implementation of a single national policing solution to enable police reform, enhance front line service delivery and improve information sharing with a wide range of partners.

The Scottish Police Service’s i6 Programme is a finalist at this year’s GO Awards Scotland, which takes place on Tuesday 23rd October at Marriott Hotel, Glasgow. 

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