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The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust were able to reduce clinical time spent on procurement activities by 100%

Friday 21 June 2013

"Clinical staff not performing stock activities releases time to care for people, which is what we do.”

Emma Hardwick, Labour Ward/Theatre Manager
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Like most trusts, The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has been challenged with making significant savings, so they invited NHS Supply Chain’s supply chain review team to the trust to give a fresh perspective on their supply chain strategic and operational management. The review helped them identify where improvements could be made that would result in savings, efficiencies and performance for the trust.

A number of areas for improvement were identified and changes were piloted by the project team within the trust, which will be monitored by a series of indicators to track:

  • Reductions in clinical staff time engaged in supply chain activities
  • Reduction on spend for consumables
  • Enhanced control and visibility of the internal supply chain.

As a result of the pilot, the trust found the following:

  • Clinical time spent on procurement activities reduced by 100%.
  • Analysis showed inventory spend on one of the pilot wards had been reduced by £695 per week – this is an annualised saving of £36,000.
  • £4,000 of unused product was removed and used elsewhere in the trust.
  • Clinical teams gave positive feedback.
  • There was an overall increase in awareness of the price of products used by staff.

For more information, contact simon.durstonsmith@supplychain.nhs.uk 

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