NHS Supply Chain October update

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Updates from NHS Supply Chain this month include: SCCL now fully part of the NHS, news from the latest National Customer Board, the publication of a report detailing the results of NHS Supply Chain’s national uniform consultation, winning a GO Award, support for a trial of compression therapies for people with venous leg ulcers and the launch of their new Diathermy Consumables framework.


SCCL is now fully part of the NHS

On 1 October Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL) the management function for NHS Supply Chain, became fully embedded into the NHS family with ownership of its shares transferring from the Secretary of State for Health and Social to the NHS Commissioning Board, NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSEI).

SCCL remains a separate organisation to NHSEI.

The change in share ownership will not impact on how SCCL operates, as there is no change. It will, however, provide greater opportunities for SCCL to work more closely with the wider NHS, particularly on procurement, supply chain resilience and developing sustainable initiatives within NHS Supply Chain.

Key messages from NHS Supply Chain’s September National Customer Board

Sir James Mackey, Chair of NHS Supply Chain’s Customer Board and Chief Executive of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, outlines the key messages from the recent National Customer Board meeting.

The Board met virtually on 21 September, it was great to see so many representatives once again getting together to understand the challenges faced by the NHS and bring frontline intelligence to NHS Supply Chain.

Key discussion points from the meeting included:

Membership updates
Supply chain resilience
Escalations from the Regional Customer Boards
Performance summary from NHS Supply Chain
The Chair provided a brief overview of the spending review and the challenges this has brought
An update was provided on behalf of NHSEI, including that recruitment is underway for the Chief Commercial Officer role.

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National uniform consultation report published

NHS Supply Chain’s report, which details the results of its consultation about the potential introduction of a standardised national healthcare uniform for NHS staff working in clinical roles in England, reveals a strong appetite from healthcare professionals in the NHS for the proposal.

We requested the views of health and care professionals working in hospital and non-hospital settings across the country on whether a national approach to uniforms should be taken and if so, should all NHS trusts adopt it. 

The report shows that of the 51,000 responses received, 82 percent are in favour of the introduction of a consistent uniform across the NHS in England.

Thank you to everyone who shared their views.

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NHS Supply Chain scoops national award

NHS Supply Chain has been named is the winner of a UK National Government Opportunities (GO) Excellence in Public Procurement Award. The award for ‘Best Procurement Delivery Health and Social Care Organisation’ was given for its clinical council project across percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) devices.

In 2019, NHS Supply Chain: Cardio-vascular, Radiology, Endoscopy, Audiology and Pain Management (Tower 6) and the South London Cardiac Provider Collaborative, an existing Operational Delivery Network (ODN), partnered on a clinician led, collective approach, to identify the best PCI devices to deliver safe patient care and provide the best value.

PCI is a technique for treating narrowing of the coronary arteries leading to the heart.

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Sites need to take part in vascular compression trial

NHS Supply Chain is supporting a trial of compression therapies for people with venous leg ulcers, which is seeking a number of sites from around the country to take part in the study.

VenUS 6 is a National Institute of Health Research (NIHR)-funded randomised controlled trial investigating the clinical and cost effectiveness of different compression therapies, including compression wraps, for the treatment of people with venous leg ulcers.

The trial is looking to involve more sites in participant recruitment and is working with the Community Partnership Team within NHS Supply Chain.

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New Diathermy Consumables framework offers enhancements to staff and patient safety

Extensive research, and engagement with stakeholders from across the NHS, have driven improvements to NHS Supply Chain’s recently launched Diathermy Consumables and Related Accessories Framework.

These improvements, which include vastly increasing the range of suppliers and products available across Smoke Evacuation and Diathermy Plates, alongside the addition of Reusable Patient Return Electrodes, enables more efficient patient outcomes and support the focus on enhancing staff and patient safety during electrosurgical procedures.

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Source: NHS Supply Chain