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Integrated Care

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 Cost Improvement Plans.

The Hub’s 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 Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships and Integrated Care Systems. Our initial areas of focus are 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.
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, concentrating on patient pathways. We will also addressing 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 standardisation, pathway efficiencies and collaboration for the whole of the East of England health economy.