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Key updates from NHS Supply Chain include information about the Med Tech Funding Mandate, our recent eDC project with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust and how we have supported Nottingham University Hospitals to save £850,000 on orthopaedic trauma products.

Hospital trust reinvesting millions in savings in frontline staff, education and patient care

A hospital trust’s savings on orthopaedic trauma products through NHS Supply Chain has allowed it to reinvest in frontline staff, education and patient care.

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust went from two major suppliers to one and is on target to save £850,000 in the first year, with a further £2.8m savings predicted over the next four years.

The trust spent £1.6 million on orthopaedic trauma products in 2019 and wanted to find out if it was possible to drive benefits by moving to different suppliers or by rationalising their supply base through a procurement process. The trust agreed that a proportion of any savings would be invested back into the orthopaedic trauma department.

Staff at the trust set up a meeting with NHS Supply Chain, who reviewed their total usage data. They then converted this into set procedures, calculated the cost of the different supplier options and presented these back to the trust. The different suppliers were invited to visit the department so clinicians could trial their products.

As a result of the savings, the orthopaedic trauma department now has two new nurse practitioners and an educational package costing £340,000. This will support their educational activities over the next four years. The trust will reinvest another future £2.3 million of savings on frontline patient care.

Mr Dan Deakin, Head of Service for Trauma and Orthopaedics at the trust’s Queen’s Medical Centre said: “As an organisation we were oblivious to this opportunity until using NHS Supply Chain.”

The standardised process under the NHS Supply Chain Total Orthopaedic Solutions Framework Agreement was managed and run by regional Clinical Engagement and Implementation Manager, Tanya Smith, and supported by the regional Category Manager, Tristan Langford. Both worked closely with key clinical and non-clinical stakeholders across the trust.

Find out more here.


Med Tech Funding Mandate

The MedTech Funding Mandate- An NHS initiative to accelerate the uptake of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and digital products, launched on 1 April 2021. NHS Supply Chain is the preferred supply route for the first four products selected by NHS England and NHS Improvement to be funded in 2021/2022:

  • gammaCore – a handheld device which alleviates the symptoms of severe cluster headaches
  • HeartFlow – creates a 3D model of a patient’s coronary arteries and assesses the extent and location of blockages
  • Placental growth factor-based testing – a blood test to rule out pre-eclampsia in pregnant women
  • SecurAcath – for securing percutaneous catheters.

Find out more here.


NHS Customer Board for Procurement and Supply of 2021

We are looking forward to the second round of NHS Customer Board’s for Procurement and Supply of 2021. The four regional customer boards which cover the North, South, London and the Midlands will take place in late May, with the national customer board following on 10 June.

Please contact the relevant Chair or local representative you wish to raise anything through the boards. More information can be found here.


NHS Supply Chain: Food- Wellbeing for NHS Staff

As the numbers of patients with coronavirus are reducing in hospitals around the UK, supporting the recovery of NHS employees who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic is becoming ever more important.

One way that we can support the wellbeing of NHS staff is through providing round-the-clock access to nutritious food in workplace settings, as outlined in the Independent Review of NHS Hospital Food 2020.

Our Hot Beverages and Vending Solutions framework features a range of innovative vending machine products that can provide a variety of nutritious meals, such as customisable salads and hot soups. Providing 24/7 access to healthy and delicious food in trusts is fundamental for the wellbeing of NHS employees who work long hours and varying shift patterns throughout the day and night.

We are also releasing six culinary concept ranges between November 2020 and November this year. These are providing NHS catering staff and chefs with a range of tasty, nutritionally balanced recipes for hospital patients and staff.

Find out more here.


Collaborative eDC Project Released 45 Weeks Back to Frontline Care at Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust wanted to develop a materials management service that could work in their non acute setting. The trust wanted to explore the scope of NHS Supply Chain’s eDC (electronic Demand Capture) to enable a standardised approach to purchasing products across multiple trust sites.

Working closely with the NHS Supply Chain eCommerce Deployment Team to develop a materials management service, eDC was first implemented into Lymington Hospital in 2015. Initially managing 15 wards and departments, including setting up a central store. Following this, the trust then took over managing the eDC service at Gosport War Memorial Hospital and Petersfield Hospital.

After 12 months the service demonstrated its success. With no stock outages, full standardisation of stock within the wards, reduced waste and space with effective use of the central stores. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust now has a holistic view of what is being ordered across its sites using the new materials management service. For the first time, the procurement team can proactively ensure standardisation of products.

Through introducing a standardised approach to purchasing products across all the trust sites:

  • £35,000 cash releasing savings have been created over 12 months
  • 45 weeks have been delivered back into frontline care over 12 months, allowing staff to spend more time caring for patients.

Find out more about other project achievements here.