Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest and busiest acute trusts in the North West of England. Providing a comprehensive range of high-quality acute care services, their 5,600-strong workforce serves a population of about 400,000 people.

“It would be really difficult to achieve the step-up in performance required with a single employee, so one of the big draws for me when choosing this service was having access to a pool of
people with the appropriate skill-sets to improve the Trust’s transactional purchasing performance far more quickly than we could do ourselves.”

Jane Christopher- Head of Procurement

“By analysing spend data, Science Warehouse identified
savings of over £60K that could be achieved if the Trust switched its supply route from direct to NHS Supply Chain and vice versa.”

Jane Christopher- Head of Procurement

Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Challenges

  • Catalogue management was a heavy administrative burden for the Trust’s Procurement team
  • Comparing catalogue or ad-hoc spend with NHS Supply Chain was difficult and time consuming
  • The procurement team didn’t have the capacity to increase their suite of catalogues in order to achieve the targets set out in the Carter Metrics

Solution

WUTH chose Science Warehouse as an effective catalogue solution to help the Trust manage and increase their suite of eCatalogues, relieving their
Procurement team of this heavy burden and controlling and standardising
ad-hoc spend.

Through data cleansing, the Trust’s submissions to The Purchase Price Index and Benchmark (PPIB) were more accurate and prices are now capable of being benchmarked with peer organisations. In addition to this, by analysing the spend through the eCatalogue and ad-hoc spend, it has identified products that could be added to existing catalogues, and where the creation of new catalogues would reduce the need for manual intervention. In the first quarter of their financial year, WUTH exceeded the target of 90% for the Carter Metric which states that 90% addressable spend must be electronic to enable the Trust to report easier.

Moving forwards, the Trust is now able to identify and manage off-contract spend more effectively, which will help the Trust to improve contract compliance and reduce contract leakage. This provides contracted Suppliers with more volume assurance which in turn results in better pricing for the Trust.

The Trust has also made a financial saving in staffing of approximately £17,000 p.a by deciding to contract the service to Science Warehouse rather than hiring an eCatalogue manager.

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