Rotherham NHS Foundation gets savings with better orthopedic procurement
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust said its clinical and non-clinical staff have come together to deliver 23% saving, equivalent to over £800,000 per annum by conducting large-scale review of how the products are sourced, brought and managed within the orthopedic department.
The procurement team at TRFT that works closely with the clinical director and the orthopaedic department has made savings by building strategic relationships with the suppliers to leverage spend, benchmarking prices against national frameworks and improving the stock management.
The work is a part of the wider programme of procurement cost reduction at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust that procurement consultancy Inverto has supported the Trust’s Procurement team to deliver.
Steph Holmes, Head of Procurement at the TRFT says, “With budgets being reduced and a greater demand on patient services, NHS Trusts are being asked to deliver services which meet increasing performance targets but for less money.” Mr. Holmes also said, “The success with the orthopaedic procurement is one example where we have been able to implement best practice in procurement and I am confident that the savings we have made are sustainable.”
Chief Operations Officer at TRFT, Matthew Lowry said, “The Trust needs to make best use of its resources in this difficult period for the health sector as a whole.” Mr. Lowry also said, “By adopting a total cost approach to our expenditure in the orthopaedic area the team has delivered an excellent saving which can be reinvested. This example of joint working is powerful model the Trust will use again to ensure it secures value for money in all areas of spend.”
Inverto’s UK Managing Director Richard McIntosh said, “It was clear that in discussions with key stakeholders that there was a limited understanding of the impact the way products were being selected and sourced was having on cost per procedure.” Mr. Richard also said, “Working in partnership with the clinical lead and surgical teams will mean sustainable benefits in the long-term.”
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust offers many NHS services in Rotherham. It has wide range of services based throughout Rotherham’s communities. Inverto is an international management consultancy specializing in procurement. It delivers real, sustainable savings that boosts clients’ profits.
Dexcom: changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes
It is estimated that 9.3% of adults around the world are living with type 1 diabetes, which amounts to a total of 463 million people. A further 1.1 million children and adolescents under the age of 20 are living with the condition.
Unlike the more prevalent type 2 diabetes, where the body still produces insulin and symptoms develop slowly, people with type 1 diabetes need regular insulin injections or pumps, and must monitor their sugar levels frequently.
In recent years a number of remote glucose monitoring systems have become available that patients can use at home. These work with a sensor, usually placed under the skin, that measures glucose levels every few minutes. This information is then transmitted wirelessly to a device like a smartphone or tablet, which can then be shared with their clinician.
British actress Nina Wadia's son Aidan, 14, has type 1 diabetes, and has been managing his condition using Dexcom, a glucose monitoring system used by patients all over the world. Here Wadia explains how Dexcom has improved their lives.
As a parent of someone with type 1 diabetes, what is your day-to-day life like?
Being able to take a breath, think and pivot constantly without getting frustrated becomes an essential mindset because sometimes it feels like each day is determined to be different from the day before. Whatever worked yesterday is going to misfire today.
Which areas of yours and Aidan’s life are most impacted by diabetes?
The one thing that you have to fight hard to reclaim is spontaneity, especially when it comes to food and exercise. It’s only when this is taken do you realise how essential each one is. You can be flexible and there are no real limits, but only in the sense that a great athlete can be flexible without limits because they’ve trained super hard to be that way. So we’ve all had to become athletes when it comes to being spontaneous.
How has Dexcom helped you and Aidan?
Dexcom has brought future science fiction to real life today. The continuous glucose monitoring system is tiny, sits discreetly on his body and gives him a ten-day breather between sensor changes, so it's goodbye finger-pricking seven times daily.
Dexcom is totally active at a grass roots level and for Diabetes Awareness has pledged to donate £2,000 if #DexcomDiabetesStories and/or #DexcomWarriorStories is shared 200 times! I’ll be sharing more on social media and would love to hear how other families are winning their fights.
Maybe most importantly Dexcom is trying to introduce a reimbursement programme for type 1 diabetes patients which will give greater access to modern, life changing hi-tech. I want to spread the word on the importance of accessing it through this campaign.
If you compared your life today with how it was before Aidan was using Dexcom, what has changed?
It's always working, which lets him take his mind off diabetes for longer stretches. It also lets me get off his back. We both receive alerts so I no longer have to pester him by asking him what his number is, and especially importantly, I don’t have to wake him at night to prick his finger if I’m worried. Dexcom gave us back our sleep!