The WYAAT procurement programme brings together procurement specialists from the WYAAT hospitals to identify areas where we can use the size of our region to reduce pricing and to look to standardise products. During 2017/18, the procurement programme supported the identification of over £1.1m of savings across the WYAAT trusts. £600k of savings have been achieved by aggregating regional demand, standardisation and using that leverage to obtain better prices from suppliers. This has included standardisation of products such as anti-embolism stockings, film dressings and wound drainage.
In January 2018, the WYAAT Medical Directors supported a proposal to standardise surgeons’ gloves which resulted in a saving of over £200k. In addition the programme has supported the implementation of £350,000 of other national contract savings.
With the move to the future operating model for NHS procurement of products, the programme is increasingly focussing on reviewing services for opportunities for regional collaboration to avoid duplication and improve service quality.