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Campaign to save NHS millions through efficient purchasing of materials

Campaign to save NHS millions through efficient purchasing of material

Nurses are to be consulted on how to save money in a new campaign launched today (24 March 2015).

Posted: 24 March 2015

The “Small Changes, Big Difference” campaign, has been launched by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), NHS Supply chain and the Clinical Procurement Specialist Network, and will allow nurses to have a say in who their trust spends money.

A Nursing Times survey found more than 80% of nurses believe there “is scope” to save money in their organisation. Almost 90% polled said patient safety would be improved if nurses had a greater say in spending.

It is estimated nurses working together with procurement managers could save more than £30m by streamlining the buying of basics items such as wipes and incontinence products.

Janet Davies, director of Nursing at the RCN, said: “No one knows which products work well and which don’t better than nurses, so involving nurses in procurement decisions is good for patient care. Nurses want to improve patient safety, and this project aims to help them do that, while also saving the health service money.

“This campaign aims to help nurses work with procurement teams, and inspire them with some great examples of nurses who have saved their trusts money and improved patient care. But there is also a role for trusts. They should be making the most of this untapped knowledge and make it easier for nurse to get involved with procurement decisions.”