Going back to basics

Published: 
12/09/2013
Synergyhealth

Barnsley Community has saved in excess of £15,000 since 2011 by switching to Comfi tubular bandages for their wound care solutions.  Simple changes in buying practices can add up to significant cost savings for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) which can be diverted to support front-line services.

The increased focus on budgets comes as a result of the 2011 National Audit Office report highlighting that NHS hospitals are wasting an estimated £500 million per year on basic supplies.  The recently published Better Procurement, Better Value, Better Care: A Procurement Development Programme for the NHS (August 2013) also highlights the NHS are spending £4.5 billion per annum on clinical supplies; some of which can be saved by switching to lower cost alternatives. 

The study of 165 NHS acute and foundation trusts (now CCGs) showed that at least 10 per cent of spending on consumables was unnecessary. One of the biggest wastes identified was on like-for-like products, with an estimated £150 million, averaging £900,000 per trust, being wasted in this way.

Malcolm Sayers, Business Unit Leader for Synergy Health said: “The cost savings achieved by Barnsley Community are a clear indication of what can be achieved by making simple changes in buying practices.  CCGs could make significant cost savings simply by switching their wound care prescribing habits from expensive brand names to equivalent lesser known products, and by ensuring they adhere to procurement guidelines.

“Millions of pounds of tubular bandages are dispensed each year, but if prescribers switched from the brand leader to equivalent products such as Synergy’s Comfi, significant savings could be achieved.”

We’re also offering Tissue Viability Nurses the chance to win a place at this year’s Wounds UK conference by entering into our online FREE prize draw. 

To enter, click on the following link and complete our short form – FREE Prize Draw

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