While the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH) is a digital hospital, its real-life benefits to our region’s economy could be profound.
We are working alongside the Sandwell & West Birmingham NHS Trust project team in charge of developing a real hospital: the new Midland Metropolitan in Smethwick. Together we will use the WMVH to advertise the huge amount of work being generated by the Midland Metropolitan, including materials, subcontract works and specialist support services.
We will also publish contract award notifications so we can record, share and assess the amount of business won by local firms.
The preferred bidder awarded the Midland Metropolitan project will be given the WMVH to use as a procurement tool, providing them with a comprehensive and easily accessible directory of local, relevant suppliers.
To boost the effectiveness of our actions, we are working with the region’s supply chain to improve their competitiveness, purchasing efficiency and skills levels. Ultimately we want them to be ready and capable to supply to the Midland Metropolitan project, ideally offering cost reductions and environmental benefits to the client.