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Over 125 NHS providers are making a big difference in procurement

Traffic Light Support System

Voted the no.1 support tool by nurses in a Nursing Times Survey run last December

Monday 27 July 2015

Over 125 NHS providers are making a big difference in procurement

Over 125 NHS providers are now participating in ‘small changes, big differences’, a joint campaign from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), NHS Supply Chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network (CPSN) to help involve nursing teams more in procurement of clinical supplies.

Lots of you have requested your starter packs for resources like the Traffic Light Support System, a simple shelf labelling system helping nurses to make informed decisions on the best value products for their patients.

However, you are also making the most of other resources like how to guides, written and developed by nurses to make conversations around procurement easier and more effective.

Tell us your success story

We are also really pleased to have received some great success stories from you, showing how procurement and nursing teams are working really well together.

Here are just a few of them:

Wound care – starting with the patient is leading to better outcomes and reducing waste at the social enterprise Accelerate CIC – see more

Stock management –swap shop at Derby Royal Hospitals NHS FT re-homed clinical products worth £18,000 before they went out of date – see more

Reducing infections – Rotherham Hospitals NHS FT worked with a supplier to reduce urinary tract infections from patients who were catheterised – see more

Join the campaign and share your success stories at:  

Further information

For more information about ‘small changes, big differences’, contact your local NHS Supply Chain Account Manager or go to  

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