North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is among six NHS trusts to be chosen to be at the forefront of rolling out a set of new national standards.
The trust will receive support and a slice of the £12m Department of Health funding to demonstrate significant efficiencies and cost savings, reduced errors and better patient outcomes by adopting GS1 barcoding standards and PEPPOL (Pan European Public Procurement On-Line) standards.
The implementation of the standards has now started, with funding being released in four phases over the next two years.
The government expects that implementing electronic procurement systems can deliver efficiency savings of up to £800m, with simplified supply chains for hospitals helping cut down on the estimated £150m the health service wastes each year on oversupplied or perished products.
Last year’s interim Carter Review also stated that introducing these standards will allow every NHS hospital to save on average up to £3m each year.
The trust’s director of finance, information and technology Lynne Hodgson said: “We are excited to be one of six trusts across the country to be selected.
“The use of GS1 and PEPPOL (Pan European Public Procurement On-Line) standards once fully implemented will be a significant step in improving the outcome for patients by providing total traceability of consumables, equipment and interventions use in the treatment provided, this will lead to efficiency, and cost savings for the trust and ultimately improve patient care.”
“We know that standardisation works as similar standards have already been adopted in retail and food services along with various health organisations internationally. We as a trust will be building on making better what is already in place.
“The project has started and will be implemented over four phases with full compliance within 21 months. We will manage the implementation effectively dealing with the practical challenges and opportunities that arise throughout the programme of work and embed the benefits in adopting the GS1 and PEPPOL standards across the organisation, developing clear guidance and best practice and reducing costs going forward.”