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Introducing Integrated Care
22 October 2018

With the changing NHS landscape, and our members facing more challenges, collaborative working is key to delivering successful outcomes, particularly in the delivery of financial savings against CIPS plans. 

We recognise the pressure placed on our members, and believe the new Integrated Care category will work to deliver in-year savings as well as build support strategies around more complex areas that require a system-wide approach.

The Hub's new Integrated Care category is designed to facilitate a coordinated network for health, public health, social care and local authority services in supporting the work of STPs and ICSs. Our main objectives are to:

  • Identify and eliminate gaps in provision
  • Ensure best use of resources by reducing duplication and achieving greater economies of scale
  • Identify best routes for supply of products, such as FP10, direct or through framework agreements
  • Standardise clinical products
  • Identify cost savings and cash release opportunities
  • Develop Care Pathways across all healthcare sectors.
  • Integrated Care will work closely with our Pharmacy category to provide clinical and change management support with the initial areas of focus being Wound Care and Stoma Care.

 

These complex markets require a multi-faceted approach spanning across our membership categories and involve numerous supply routes and often funded posts and bundled tariffs.  Whilst savings have been achieved through pricing agreements, a system-based approach is needed to ensure sustained pathways of care and savings to the health economy through the adoption of gain-share models.

The Hub has already implemented several nationally-acclaimed projects in our Pharmacy category, demonstrating what can be achieved through collaborative working and gain share models. Standardised Parenteral Nutrition Formulations, Homecare Services and Insulin Pump Therapy have already saved our customers in excess of £10 million, whilst improving patient safety and clinical governance.

We are now planning to adopt these practices in tackling the Stoma Care and Wound Care markets, as well as exciting new technologies that are coming onto the market such as elastomeric devices, which are successfully being used in our region to reduce bed days in hospital, speed up the discharge process and achieve significant savings for Trusts and commissioners through pathways of care. This approach will bring Commissioners and Providers together to drive areas where standardisation and collaboration can bring benefit to the health economy.

To support our work in Integrated Care, we have filled two newly-created roles:

Jill Kettle joined the Hub in August as Clinical Product Implementation Manager. Jill is a theatre nurse by background, and has experience in budget planning, operational redesign and change, contract and SLA development and has held a number of operational management roles ranging from Anaesthetics, Critical Care, Theatres, Women's and Children's, Specialist Medicine and Surgery. Jill is already supporting a number of Trusts and STPs with delivery against their work-plans and opportunities for standardisation. 

Mo Aminu joined the Integrated Care team at the beginning of October as PMO Manager.  Mo is a certified Prince2 Practitioner and BCS Business Analyst who brings a wide range of skills and knowledge to the category.  His last role was as a Business Change Analyst for Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust where he played a key role in the decision making regarding their new EPR system.  He is already starting to pull together the exciting work-plan for this category area which includes a variety of projects, such as the Acute Ambulance project which has delivered benefit to a number of our customers and still holds a lot of potential for further collaboration and savings across the health economy.

 

If you have any questions regarding Integrated Care, please contact:

Jill Kettle, Clinical Product Implementation Manager: jill.kettle@eoecph.nhs.uk

Mo Aminu, PMO Manager: mo.aminu@eoecph.nhs.uk

Stephanie Rose, Head of Pharmacy Procurement: stephanie.rose@eoecph.nhs.uk

Rachel Naylon, Assistant Director of Procurement: rachel.naylon@eoecph.nhs.uk