Programme Lead, Stuart MacMillan, shares how WYAAT is enabling trusts to better manage their supply chain processes, to improve patient outcomes and reduce clinical variation, through the delivery of Scan4Safety.
The NHS is made up of thousands, if not millions, of different processes, practices and standards. Due to the sheer scale of the organisation, variation can at times be huge in terms of patient benefits, patient outcomes and trust costs. The programme intends to reduce this variation, whilst standardising best practice, ensuring the best possible patient outcomes for the region.
As a programme, Scan4Safety focuses on the patient journey through a hospital, looking at ways to improve it working alongside clinicians. In this way, the programme will implement new digital ways of working to allow the capture of patient information at the patient’s bedside, allowing for improved reporting that will in turn improve patient care.
The programme secured £14.9 million of funding to implement improved supply chain practices to deliver better patient care, and has 3 core themes to meet its goals:
The past 12 months of a global pandemic have brought their challenges but the team have managed to consistently deliver, with all six trusts well on their way with the building blocks of the programme whilst some have ventured further such as:
Scan4Safety can often be overlooked as an eProcurement exercise but the opportunities for using standards in healthcare are enormous and WYAAT is perfectly positioned to deliver world class patient care through improved digital practices.