A radical new blueprint for how the NHS buys and funds everything, from rubber gloves and stitches to hip implants, building work and temporary staff, has been unveiled this week by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter.
The NHS is the single biggest organisation in the UK and hospitals are being encouraged to make big savings and radically change the way they buy supplies, goods, services and how they manage their estates. The new strategy Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: a Procurement Development Programme for the NHS is set to completely alter how the health service spends money by cutting waste so that cash can be ploughed back into frontline services. It details ambitious plans to save £1.5 billion by becoming smarter and more efficient in the way the NHS buys supplies and does business.
Healthcare Estates addresses a number of the key areas of this initiative with a major focus on energy and energy savings, new technologies and products available, new benchmarks for design and construction plus examples of smarter estates, efficient lighting, infection prevention and property and premises management.
The Healthcare Estates conference and exhibition programme will be addressing key areas where savings can be made in the healthcare sector. The opening plenaries on day one and two sets the scene for the changes required in the healthcare sector. Opening sessions by John Nangle, crown commercial lead for energy at the cabinet office will reiterate the savings that have already been made and further energy savings solutions identified.
Day two opening plenaries start with Dr Chandrashekhar who will give an International view on performance and productivity improvements being made in healthcare and plans in India, while Peter Sellars, head of profession at the NHS Estates & Facilities Policy Division, will talk about estates and facilities assurance to support future regulatory process.
The main conference programme splits into key streams allowing delegates to attend sessions focused on the following areas: engineering; design & construction; research & development; estates & facilities; energy savings solutions; infection prevention; property & premises management; and estates.
Highlighted sessions include How to Measure the Impact of Energy Efficiency Behaviour Change Interventions in Hospitals. This session, part of the research & development stream, looks at how considerable energy savings can be achieved through changes in user behavior. In the engineering stream, delegates will hear how CHP coupled with efficient technologies can reduce costs and cut emissions without affecting the balance sheet.
Nearly 200 companies will be displaying a fantastic array of products and services this year and the exhibition promises to be a fascinating two days for visitors with many changes impacting on all areas of healthcare.
Hospitals will be able to see where they are lagging behind and could do better, with advice from many of the leading companies in the sector helping healthcare providers learn from the best hospitals and suppliers, with a number of the sessions focused on real examples of successes in the sector.
The Department of Health is being encouraged to make the most of the market by working with top NHS suppliers directly to strike new, bulk deals for cutting-edge medical equipment like radiotherapy machines and MRI scanners while growing the economy by making the NHS more agile and better at working with small and medium-sized businesses.
Exposing poor value for money and bad contracts by making more data about the deals the local NHS is signing publicly available and improving support to help senior NHS staff better understand procurement all form part of the new strategy announced by Dan Poulter:
“This kind of poor resource management cannot go on, and this radical new strategy will help our NHS get a grip on wasteful spending to drive real change and improved procurement practices so that more of our NHS resources can be spent on frontline patient care.”
The strategy has been widely welcomed by the supplier community. Nick Gerrard, chief executive of NHS supply chain, said:
“We are committed to supporting the Department of Health and NHS organisations with the implementation of this strategy to deliver greater efficiency savings from procurement and supply activities. Through our experience of working with NHS trusts, we do believe that further efficiency savings can be achieved through working together to aggregate NHS spend, and provide commitment to suppliers to get the best value out of every pound spent on procuring products.”
The exhibition provides visitors with an opportunity to find out about the latest changes and implications for you and your teams. For estates and facilities departments, architects, consulting engineers, construction companies, suppliers and others directly involved in managing estates and facilities the exhibition, features and conference is critical to helping you run your organisation.
Over two days on the 8 – 9 October, Manchester Central (formerly GMEX) will host the whole industry.
Entrance to the exhibition is complimentary and registration couldn’t be simpler, online at www.healthcare-estates.com or you can turn up onsite and register for free.