At Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, a trust-wide review of supply chain processes, practices & systems, identified that improved inventory management was required to support the trust’s aims for a more productive, efficient and safe environment.
Nicola Hall, managing director at Ingenica Solutions, the company behind the first GS1 certified inventory management solution in the UK healthcare market, explains the technology behind scanning supplies at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
She says: “At the time no reliable electronic stock or inventory management system existed, and Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust wanted to introduce an electronic system that could record usage, track and trace products, and automatically replenish inventory.
“Furthermore, several challenges required minimisation. Inaccurate data, excessive inventory (often duplicated in multiple storage locations) and no trust wide stock visibility impaired the ability to improve operational supply chain efficiency and deliver savings. Also, the trust wanted to minimise the involvement of clinical teams in the process, so we want them more involved in forecasting and product quality.”
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