This is an EcoQUIP fast track project. The Trust has previous experience with innovation procurement methodologies and hence was able to identify a suitable subject and make progress within the first year of the project.
NOTE: This project is currently on hold due to maternity leave.
A strategic review of bed and mattress provision within the Trust has highlighted scope for improvement in terms of efficiency, quality and sustainability to enable the Trust to meet the changing needs of the patient population, deliver financial and resource efficiencies, and reduce the Trusts environmental and carbon impact.
It also highlights a need for a review of solutions that would assist pressure care management. The total cost of pressure ulcer care in UK is £1.4bn-£2.1bn, 4% of total NHS expenditure. Much of this cost should be preventable. Without concerted effort this cost is likely to increase in future as the population ages and the incidence of pressure damage increases. The focus of attention should be on prevention – prevention of initial tissue damage, prevention of progression of an ulcer to a more severe grade and prevention of infection.
In line with the FCP approach, a cross-departmental project team was brought together to determine the needs of patients, staff and visitors. The team included staff from facilities, procurement, clinical, hygiene control, communications and the EcoQUIP project coordinator.
This team reviewed the current situation and brought together data on the costs of pressure care management and healthcare trends that would affect future provision of pressure care solutions. An internal stakeholder workshop provided an opportunity for staff to contribute to the definition of the problem and drafting of an outcome based requirement for:
Having identified this issue, the team published a Prior Information Notice that set out the current situation and draft requirements and sought feedback from the supply chain via a standardised response form which asked for them to provide information on what can or could given the right market conditions, be delivered now and over the coming years in terms of both innovative products to improve patient outcomes and an innovative approach to the delivery of beds, pillows, mattresses and related products, with an emphasis on improved patient comfort, rest and recovery, pressure care management and reduced environmental and carbon impact. The project was also advertised on a webpage and via the EcoQUIP network and Peer Learning exchanges.
The project is on hold until the category lead procurement officer returns from maternity leave.
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