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NW examples of procurement initiatives

A Natural Alliance

The series of on-line masterclasses kicked off with a webex focusing on how clinical and procurement teams in one hospital worked together to improve patient care and achieve outcomes for pressure ulcers.  The discussion was led by Rob Salaman, Consultant Surgeon, Liz qhite, Tissue Viability Nurse Specialist and Linda Longton, Head of Procurement, all based at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust.

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Tameside and Glossop Hospitals Managed Laparascopy Service

Tameside General Hospital carries out 300 laparascopic surgical operations each year and faced major performance issues with the limited availability of fully functioning surgical instrumentation.   The detrimental effects of this included: reduced theatre capacity, high instrument repair costs, increased expenditure to fast-track instrument sterilisation, cancelled operations, and decreased morale and satisfaction for all stakeholders.  Mike Doyle, who is procurement and services manager at Tameside Hospitals, led a webex session on how the Trust dealt with this issue, which will lead to savings of over £5.6 million over five years.

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Collaborative Clinical Procurement

James Gooding, is QIPP/Strategic Advantage Programme Director, Commercial Procurement Solutions and has worked with a number of Trusts across the North West to support procurement of services.   James led a discussion focusing on a number of key areas; creating a collaborative cohort of Trusts; identifying and selecting opportunities; engaging within clinicians; how to overcome conflicting needs and wants; ensuring that programmes deliver with pace; creating a permanent programme of activity.

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