Ostomate Project is a Deep Dive Exercise for Stoma Care and Accessories

31 January 2020

A key responsibility for our Category Tower Service Providers (CTSPs) is to achieve product savings and cost efficiencies, whilst ensuring that meeting the needs of clinicians and patients is embedded as part of standard processes.

The operating model works across the whole of the NHS landscape to facilitate trusts to use NHS Supply Chain as the preferred route for products and services. This provides a practical approach to procurement, understanding clinical needs by ensuring quality through the Clinical and Product Assurance (CaPA) process.

Ostomates Project: A Deep Dive Exercise for stoma care and accessories by NHS Supply Chain: Rehabilitation, Disabled Services, Women’s Health and Associated Consumables

The aim of the project is to increase transparency in the procurement and provision of stoma care, supporting Lord Carter’s principles of reducing unwarranted variation and increasing transparency across the NHS. This includes looking at spend on products in acute and community settings, prescription and dispensing, discharge, and care in the community.

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The project is looking at the options available to the NHS to procure products and services for stoma care provision through the NHS Supply Chain.

  • To ensure that ostomates have access to the most clinically beneficial products which capture the value-added elements of the product range across the NHS System.
  • To explore different ways in which stoma provision is provided and to create the opportunity to look at costs but importantly capture and monitor the outcomes associated across the whole cycle of care for ostomates, ultimately resulting in the best outcomes for all patients requiring stoma care provision across the NHS landscape.
  • To look at product supply and distribution across the health and social care landscape.
  • To use the intelligence gathered to inform and influence the many national workstreams supporting the implementation of the new operating model.

The aim of intelligence gathering in relation to stoma products is to understand patient, health care professional and industry perspectives. Our objectives are to:

  • Identify best practice to replicate nationally
  • Engage with the stoma specialist workforce to improve training and education
  • Create a national patient pathway
  • Identify models to support timely, efficient and equitable product access
  • Develop a patient centric toolkit to provide guidelines for management of patient needs, conditions or problems
  • Review the current supply routes into the NHS for stoma – identifying models to support timely, efficient, equitable patient product access.

Current activity

Continued engagement with key stakeholders:

  • Patients, patient groups and associations
  • Patient, Industry and Professional forum
  • British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA)
  • Urology Trade Association (UTA)
  • Specialist Independent Appliance Contractors Association (SIACA)
  • Association of Stoma Care Nurses (ASCN)
  • Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL).
To engage with the Association of British Health Tech Industries (ABHI).
Continued collaborative working with:

  • NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Excellence in Continence Care
  • National Bladder and Bowel Health Project
  • East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub StoMap project.

  • Nurse and Healthcare Professionals surveys are open and close on 11 February 2020
  • Patient survey is open and closes on 3 March 2020
  • See our Useful Links 🔗 section to access these surveys.

What next?

A stoma care industry NHS engagement day is being planned for spring 2020, where suppliers and manufactures are encouraged to share their knowledge and experience. The event will include a section on learning from the industry through NHS partnership case studies as well as providing an update on NHS Supply Chain Ostomates project and other national work in this area.

For further information on how you can be involved with the NHS Supply Chain Ostomates project please contact:

Baljit Kaur

Transformation Projects Programme Lead