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Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: a Procurement Development Programme

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, 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 £1.5billion 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 new products available, new benchmarks for design and construction plus examples of smarter estates, efficient lighting, infection prevention and property and premises management.

Announcing the document, Dr Poulter said: “The Government is putting an extra £12.7billion into our NHS, but that money needs to be spent much more wisely by local hospitals. When our NHS is the single biggest organisation in the UK, hospitals must wake up to the potential to make big savings and radically change the way they buy supplies, goods, services and how they manage their estates. “We must end the scandalous situation where one hospital spends hundreds of thousands more than another hospital just down the road on something as simple as rubber gloves or syringes, simply because they haven’t got the right systems in place to ensure value for money for local patients. 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 publication takes an open and frank look at existing procurement inefficiencies, with the findings showing there is little consistency in the way the service spends money and that few senior people working in hospitals know how to procure effectively. It sets a number of specific actions to tackle the issue. They include: The recruitment of a new NHS procurement champion with private sector expertise who will have the authority to drive better procurement practices across the whole of the NHS Dr Dan Poulter to lead a special top-level team, drawn from Government, the NHS and business to work with the new procurement champion to provide on going scrutiny and guidance to the NHS in driving improvements in NHS procurement and productivity gains Mandating hospitals to publish for the first time what they pay for goods and services and setting up a brand new ‘price index’ especially for hospitals, through which they will be able to see how much they are spending on different products compared to other hospitals. This will drive improvements because, for the first time ever, hospitals will have to publish what they pay for supplies and services, and be held accountable to patients and the public for what they spend.

Healthcare Estates Conference & exhibition programme will be addressing key areas where savings can be made in the healthcare sector. Our opening plenaries on day 1 and day 2 set 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.

David Flory, Chief Executive – NHS Trust Development AuthorityDavid Flory, Chief Executive – NHS Trust Development Authority meanwhile will highlight the priorities going forward for Estates and Facilities departments.

On day 2 the 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,  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 focussed on the following areas:

  • Engineering
  • Design & Construction
  • Research & Development
  • Estates & Facilities
  • Energy Savings Solutions
  • Infection Prevention
  • Property & premises Management
  • Estates

Highlighted sessions include on Day 1 – ‘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 behaviour’. While the impact of interventions targeting user behaviour is comparatively well understood in domestic settings, measured energy savings in organisations vary between 1 and 12 % for heating and 5 – 15% for electricity, while simulations claim a potential of up to 20% could be achieved. Apart from the continued infrequence of behavioural energy efficiency interventions in organisations, the prevalent reason for this uncertainty seems to be the lack of a clear framework for their evaluation.

At IHEEM’s 2013 Healthcare Estates Conference, the state of the art of energy efficiency behaviour change interventions in organisations in general and hospitals in particular will be discussed. Special attention will be paid to how such initiatives are evaluated so far. Results from a number of UK hospitals currently undertaking energy awareness campaigns will be presented and problems with their evaluation will be outlined. In addition, initial ideas for improved evaluation strategies will be discussed emphasising what quality (accuracy, historical recordings) and resolution (spatial, temporal) of data needs to be collected to enable the specification of performance indicators to describe the various impacts of behavioural energy intervention programmes in hospitals.

Speaker: Paula Morgenstern University College London (UCL)Speaker: Paula Morgenstern University College London (UCL)

While in the Engineering stream, delegates will hear ‘How CHP coupled with efficient technologies can reduce costs, cut emissions without affecting the balance sheet.’ The Healthcare sector is a major contributor to the UK’s carbon footprint and can play a significant role in meeting the targets set out in the 2008 Climate Change Act.

In addition to social responsibility, legislation is putting increasing emphasis on carbon taxes and league tables to encourage energy efficiency in organisations. Whilst CHP in healthcare has thrived up to now without direct government subsidies or incentives, the increase in taxes combined with increasing utility costs strengthens the case for CHP units and will continue to provide financial and environmental rewards. This has been validated through the NHS Sustainable Development Unit’s report “Save Cost by Saving Carbon;” which has stated that cogeneration offers the most significant impact on operational costs and carbon. Energy efficient technologies such as CHP are seen as cash releasing as they free up funds to be invested in front line clinical care and improving the patient experience. CHP in the NHS has thrived and provided many tangible benefits as proven by the 102 CHP systems operational within the NHS alone in 2010. CHPs in the NHS together reported a carbon saving of 136,000 tonnes.

Tony McDermott  ENER-G Combined Power Limited


Tony McDermott  ENER-G Combined Power Limited

Healthcare Estates offers visitors a large number of learning opportunities over the two full days of the event; many of the sessions are free helping visitors understand the implications of the many changes in the healthcare sector.

The breakout streams and fringe events available to visitors offer a huge range of topics and content. Four theatres on the exhibition floor will enable visitors to ‘drop in’ to half hour snap shots on key subjects. Details are shown in this article with the latest programmes available on the healthcare Estates web site at www.healthcare-estates.com

Exhibition – new companies and theatres

Nearly 200 companies will be displaying a fantastic array of products and services this year. The 8th & 9th October promises to be a fascinating two days for visitors with so 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 are 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.”

David Melbourne, interim chairmanDavid Melbourne, interim chairman of the NHS Supply Chain customer board and chief financial officer of Birmingham   Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, added: “The challenges around getting best value from NHS procurement are widely understood and it’s now time to deliver the efficiencies that can be achieved.”  https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/226835/procurement_development_programme_for_NHS.pdf

Healthcare Estates Exhibition & Conference 8th and 9th October 2013, Manchester Central (GMEX), Manchester

Exhibitor TicketTickets are widely available for the exhibition and our free to all qualifying visitors. Healthcare Estates organisers, Step Exhibitions have made thousands of complimentary tickets available to potential visitors to the exhibition. With a range of benefits for pre-registered visitors, complimentary sessions, VIP status to key people in the sector and the ability to book appointments with key companies once registered the organisers have once again upped the importance of this crucial annual event for those working in the sector.

Look out for your ticket, if you haven’t received yours, contact the organisers on 01892 518877 or email: healthcare@stepes.com

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.

The exhibition brings together suppliers and customers in the largest gathering of the UK healthcare sector. With 180+ exhibitors and key organisations representing over 200 companies providing quality presentations to visitors, just one day at the event could help you and your work colleagues in many ways.

Over two days on the 8th and 9th October, Manchester Central (formerly GMEX), will host the whole industry under one roof.

Healthcare reforms have heaped huge pressure on the estates departments within healthcare and NHS Directors and Managers are struggling to see how they will cope with budget cuts and the savings required, while still delivering excellent and vital services to ensure patient welfare is maintained and standards met.

Face-to-face, visitors and suppliers have the opportunity to make practical decisions while considering the feel of the product together with the knowledge of the supplier. With most of the key suppliers and organisations servicing the healthcare sector in the same place, you can compare every aspect of products and service available

The challenges will be for organisations to adapt to new ways of working, often in partnership with other organisations, and to respond quickly to the demand that will be created for high quality, low cost services.

Dinner & Awards

The IHEEM dinner and awards features Mark Colbourne MBE, Paralympic Gold Medallist and Motivational Speaker. Mark Colbourne is Great Britain’s newest Gold medal Paralympian in the sport of cycling.

Mark will talk about his life changing experiences, support from the healthcare sector, his own positive attitude to life and sport.

For more information on places at the dinner and current availability contact the organisers directly on 01892 518877 or email healthcare@stepex.com

More products – offering more choice

The range of products on offer at Healthcare Estates ensure you make the right decision, Healthcare Estates exhibition provides you with every opportunity to see products demonstrated, essential in an industry where actually touching or using the product is part of the buying process.

With the whole industry together, Healthcare Estates an exhibition where customers and suppliers rub shoulders with their peers, competitors and future suppliers and employers is invaluable.

Visitors to Healthcare Estates will also benefit from discussions around the hottest topics of the moment and you can learn the latest methods to deal with specific issues you encounter in your job. Lots of companies invest in training on a regular basis, but there is nothing better than learning from experts and highly experience speakers.

Healthcare Estates is open from 8.45 am each morning, Manchester is one of the most accessible places from most parts of the UK, and the easiest city to travel around. Booking your train ticket today could save you a lot of money, and once in Manchester we are a just short walk from Piccadilly station and surrounded by hotels and facilities to make your visit worthwhile.

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. The exhibition is attended by many professionals involved in the sector; management from the department of health, NHS estates, facilities, sustainability and procurement professionals, managers and buyers for private hospitals, nursing and care homes. You will also be mixing with visitors and exhibitors from NHS Trusts, Primary care, Ambulance trusts, mental trusts, care trusts, foundation hospitals, architects, consultants, main contractors, developers and government bodies and agencies.

Healthcare Estates features over 200 leading companies, showcasing the latest technologies, equipment and services specifically designed to improve healthcare environments and the patient experience. So make Healthcare Estates a date in your diary, we look forward to seeing you there.

Healthcare Estates event – providing answers

For all those involved in the running, maintaining and delivery of the healthcare estate, this event is important to you. Tackling issues of cost control, reducing energy, and return on investment makes attending even more valuable to you and your team. Visiting the show will enable you to create your own tool box to ensure your facility remains a risk-free environment. You will also be able to plan appointments, and plan training for everyone attending in one of the four theatres or fringe events, all free to pre-registered visitors. Make sure you book today to get the most from your presence at the show at www.healthcare-estates.com

For more information contact:

Michelle Michelucci or Belinda Walter on 01892 518877 or email:healthcare@stepex.com

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