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postheadericon NHS to get own price comparison website

Medical Supplies

Medical Supplies

The BBC reported today that a new price comparison website is being built to help the NHS in England save money when it purchases goods and services.

It is said to include details of what NHS trusts are paying for everything from rubber gloves and stitches to new hips and building work. This comes in light of the NHS being criticised for the way it buys supplies.

Some times ago, the National Audit Office worked out that more than 10% could be saved through better procurement.

The watchdog looked at the way the NHS purchased supplies and found for 5,000 items the difference in the amount paid was more than 50%.

The BBC reports that:

The price paid for the same box of medical forceps ranged from £13 to £23, while for blankets the costs differed from £47 to £120.

Health minister Dr Dan Poulter said the “scandalous situation” must end.

“When our NHS is the single biggest organisation in the UK, hospitals must wake up to the potential to make big savings and radically change the way they buy supplies, goods, services and how they manage their estates.”

The Department of Health believes savings of £1.5bn could be made out of a total spend of just over £20bn.

Information sharing

One of the key factors in the poor practices highlighted has been the lack of information sharing between trusts about what each pays for identical goods and services.

Hence the creation of the price index, designed on the price comparison websites that the public use for things such as energy and insurance quotes.

Once appointed they will work with a team of advisers drawn from the NHS and private business who will help scrutinise and spread best practice.

One of the areas where it is felt savings could also be made is through bulk buying, which is done by the NHS Supply Chain on behalf of the health service.

Read the full article here.

postheadericon How Medical Technologies are Revolutionising Everyday Treatments

X-Ray ScanMedical professionals worldwide look to technology to drive through improvements in treatment, research and patient care.

From the invention of the ultrasound scan in the 1950s to the world’s first computerised bionic leg in 2012, technology allows us to see the human body in new ways and to diagnose and map treatment and recovery with increasing efficiency. Sometimes developments have resulted from collaborations with other fast-developing industries such as engineering or computer software development.

Here is an overview of some widespread and groundbreaking technological developments in recent years.

Filmless Radiology

Hospitals all over the globe are making a commitment towards achieving filmless radiology, which means, that when a patient has an x-ray or scan, the image is transferred directly to a computer screen. The benefits of filmless radiology include being able to distribute images quickly and use computer programmes to map out pre-operative plans including programmes for fracture management, which can apply electronic templates to x-ray scans to work out the right course of treatment for mending breaks without wasting resources. Advances in radiology allow us to see further into the body without resorting to surgery. Organs, such as the heart, which were once considered inaccessible by traditional one-dimensional x-rays, are now more easily examined.

Nanopore sequencing

Nanopore sequencing works by passing a single strand of DNA through a protein pore formed in a membrane (imagine threading a piece of hair through a thin piece of fabric). Next an electric current is streamed through the pore. ‘DNA bases’ are the building blocks of the double helix DNA structure and they disrupt the electrical current in different ways, which allows the sequencing machine to electronically read out the sequence and interpret DNA bases directly. The technology could make genome sequencing faster, cheaper, and even handy enough to allow doctors to order sequencing as they would a routine blood test, making the technology accessible to more and more patients. DNA sequencing can help to identify mutations in cancerous tumors and personalize a patient’s treatment.

Heart Pumps

An example of collaboration between industries can be seen in the development of the Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) in the 1990s. NASA engineers in Houston worked with Doctors to develop an artificial heart pump, which was based on the space shuttle’s own fuel pumps. The pump helps to keep people healthy as they await heart transplants — and can, on occasion, remove the need for a transplant. In the UK in 2009, surgeons removed a donor heart from a toddler after her own VAD assisted heart had recovered.

Bendable Microchip
In 2012 a Belgian company introduced the
bendable microchip, which measures just 30 micrometers in length (that’s 3 hundredths of a millimeter) and can be inserted directly into the human body, where it can internally process and relay important information about changes in a patient’s physiological condition. These innovative microchips are made from ‘off the shelf’ computer microchips which are ground down to create their tiny flexible counterparts. This technology is still in prototype stage but could signal a major shift in patient monitoring and speed of diagnosis.

Author

Charlotte Oram

postheadericon An HSJ webinar: Achieving QIPP With Clinical Decision Support

Clinicians

Clinicians

Today’s clinicians are bursting with knowledge, whether it’s updated information from the latest journal or data they read 30 years ago in a university classroom. These clinicians have to filter through their own knowledge base and continually tailor each decision they make to provide the best possible solution for every unique patient.

It can be hard for even the most senior doctors to stay on top of their specialism. For juniors it can be more than a little daunting – especially when senior staff are thin on the ground. In this information-rich environment, it is important to be able to offer those clinicians the support they need to provide appropriate and safe care.

The Health Service Journal is hosting an exclusive webinar* which will offer important insights so as to enable you to better support your doctors in making those critical clinical decisions and offering the best care.

This free HSJ webinar will look at the role clinical support software can play in hospitals. It is sponsored by UpToDate, the only clinical decision support system associated with improved outcomes. There is a growing body of evidence that clinical decision support can save clinicians time, reduce unnecessary tests, shorten lengths of stay, speed up diagnosis and treatment and prevent harm to patients. All of these benefits translate to efficiencies and cost savings form trusts.

In an environment where managers are fighting hard to deliver their QIPP goals, achieving the best care at a lower cost is a real ‘sweet spot.’

What you will hear about:

This webinar will explore the role that clinical decision support can play in helping doctors ‘on the ground,’ the evidence case for using this software in clinical practice, how it can contribute to better care and reduced length of stay and how you can build a business case for investment.

It will also take a closer look at how doctors across 12 Trusts in the north west of England have seen positive outcomes from using clinical decision support software. The research was only recently published in the Health Information and Libraries Journal, thus offering fresh and unique insight.

Webinar speakers will include:

  • Dr Rhidian Bramley, Chief Clinical Information Officer and Director of Radiology, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

  • John Addison, library manager at Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust

  • Dr Denise Basow, President and Editor-in-Chief of UpToDate at Wolters Kluwer Health, one of the leading software systems

  • The webinar will be chaired by HSJ editor Alastair McLellan

Who should watch:

  • Clinical and Medical Directors
  • Chief Executives
  • Finance Directors
  • Managers with responsibility for QIPP programmes

How to register:

You will need to pre-register here to be an HSJTV user in order to attend.

Once you have registered, simply click ‘attend’ on the first webinar in the list on this same page. The webinar is entitled: ‘Can clinical decision support technology help hospitals deliver their QIPP goals’

postheadericon HPC changes name to HCPC

HCPC Logo

On Wednesday 1 August 2012 the Health Professions Council (HPC) changed their name to the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The decision to change the name was made by government and is being brought about by the Health and Social Care Act 2012, which will also see the HCPC taking on the regulation of social workers in England. Although not everyone registered with the HCPC works in ‘health’ or ‘care’ the new name will better describe the diverse range of professions the organisation regulates.

Although the name was chosen by government, the HCPC had the opportunity to offer suggestions. To help the HCPC with this, they commissioned independent quantitative and qualitative research to gauge perceptions of possible names, which included telephone and online interviews with around 2,500 individuals, and discussion-based focus groups of between seven and eleven members.

The HCPC were particularly keen to understand the perceptions of members of the public, who are the potential service users of the professionals they regulate. One poll showed that 81 per cent of the general public felt that ‘Health and Care Professions Council’ could best reflect the role of a regulator of many different professions; another showed that 76 per cent of the general public associated the term ‘care professional’ with ‘social worker’. In the focus groups ‘Health and Care Professions Council’ was the preferred option with both the public and the professionals the HCPC currently regulate. Both groups viewed it as the most suitable name to cover the range of professions to be regulated. This was a unanimous outcome.

The HCPC have previously used the strapline ‘Protecting the public; Regulating health professionals’ on a number of their communication materials. This will no longer be appropriate and instead they will use ‘Regulating health, psychological and social work professionals’. In developing this strapline they considered both the diversity of professions that they currently regulate (including practitioner psychologists who joined the Register in 2009) and the groups that the HCPC may regulate in the future (including public health professionals and healthcare support workers). It was not felt to be appropriate to name any one profession in the HCPC’s strapline; instead they have referred to some of the broad categories in which the professionals that they regulate work.

The HCPC will use this new strapline on all the materials which currently bear their strapline, including their website and social media platforms, public information posters and leaflets and on the banners and display materials which they take to professional and public-facing conferences, exhibitions and events. The HCPC will use the strapline on their most public and prominent materials, with particular emphasis on materials which will be accessed by members of the public, to reinforce who they are and what they do.

The HCPC will be the same organisation and will continue to undertake the same functions. Current registration certificates and cards will remain valid and the HCPC standards will be unchanged.

The new HCPC web address will be http://www.hcpc-uk.org and their email addresses will end in ‘@hcpc-uk.org’.

The change to the organisation’s name – and taking on the regulation of social workers in England – is not being funded from registration fees. This means that registrants are not paying for the necessary amendments to their materials due to the change of name or the work to allow social workers in England to join the Register. The HCPC has received a grant from the Department of Health to cover the cost of this work.

Article by Simon Lucas

postheadericon The Importance of Quality Medical Supplies

Portable Drill

Portable Drill

The importance of good quality and accurate equipment for healthcare professionals cannot be stressed enough, and as concerns grow over the standards of NHS care, it is more important than ever before for healthcare providers to be mindful of this. Many hospitals and private practices face closure as the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carry out inspections across the UK.

Private practices and professionals such as chiropodists / podiatrists, dieticians, occupational therapists, paramedics, physiotherapists, practitioner psychologists, prosthetics / orthotics, radiographers, speech and language therapists and more must comply with The Health Professionals Council (HPC) regulations. This means that they must obtain high enough standards in training, skills, behaviour and health in the area of medicine or health care in order to be HPC registered.

Whether you’re business is part of the NHS or a private healthcare provider registered by the HPC, your methods of practice, quality of care and hygiene among other things will be under constant surveillance; one way in which you can be confident in the quality of care your practice gives is to maintain a supply of high quality medical equipment. Thanks to Mobility 365, this task is simpler than ever before.

Disposable Blades and Handles

Disposable Blades and Handles

At Mobility 365 you’ll find a wide choice of medical supplies, disability aids, sports injury aids, health clinic supplies and so much more, in fact they have over 14,000 products, one of the UK’s largest selections of medical and mobility supplies on the internet making it so much easier to find everything you need in one place. With a range of features designed to make ordering faster and easier for their customer, Mobility 365 certainly put their customers first. For example, if you represent a government funded organisation like a school, NHS trust, GP, government department etc, you can order by faxing an official headed purchase order.

Another perk to shopping with mobility 365 is their willingness to offer quotes on bulk orders, plus the free delivery when you spend over £40. All of their products are approved by the BHTA (British Healthcare Trades Association) which means that they have been granted full Office of Fair Trading approval under the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme (CCAS).

Good quality equipment for health professionals can ensure greater accuracy, faster results, better hygiene and ultimately the better quality care of patients. Initially these tools and supplies may seem costly, however better supplies will last longer and will withstand heavier duty use. You will enjoy faster cleaning results, more hardwearing materials and features which will ensure you can do your job to the best of your ability.

So for a wide choice of high quality and affordable easier living supplies, household products, injury and emergency items, medical supplies, paediatrics products and therapy consumables, look no further than Mobility 365, the UK’s favourite health-care products supplier.

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