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London's NHS organisations collaborate to save £27m on agency staffing costs in 12 months

London's NHS organisations collaborate to save £27m on agency staffing costs in 12 months

Working together to ensure that pan-London pay rates for agency workers are within NHS improvement pay caps will see London's NHS save £27m in the months to August 2017 on its bill for clinical staff.

05-04-17    Agency

First NHS Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework saves £6.5m

First NHS Total Orthopaedic Solutions framework saves £6.5m

The first framework to cover the procurement of all orthopaedic products, to be open to the NHS across England and Wales, and to be designed to encourage the use of small and medium sized suppliers, has delivered more than £6m for LPP members in its first year – and clinical engagement has been fundamental to getting savings at that level.

22-04-16    Medical Surgical Supply Chain

£10m in ten months: the savings being achieved in cardiology

£10m in ten months: the savings being achieved in cardiology

Within just ten months of the launch of the NHS Total Cardiology Solutions Framework Agreement, in May 2015, 37 cardiology centres have already saved the NHS £10m.

22-04-16    Medical Surgical Supply Chain

Biosimilars: embracing innovation and delivering value to patients

Biosimilars: embracing innovation and delivering value to patients

Until 20 years ago, most medicines were relatively simple chemical substances. An increasing number of new medicines are very different. They are proteins manufactured by living organisms such as living human, animal or microbial cells, and consist of big, complex molecules.

22-04-16    Pharmacy

Aggregating demand on legal services saves 20-40 per cent on fees

Aggregating demand on legal services saves 20-40 per cent on fees

LPP members were given the opportunity to aggregate their demand for Legal Services under a variety of Lots, and were rewarded with savings of between 20 and 40 per cent.

22-04-16    Professional Services

Monitoring cost-avoidance by London providers from use of Patient Access Schemes for high-cost medicines

Monitoring cost-avoidance by London providers from use of Patient Access Schemes for high-cost medicines

Patient Access Schemes (PAS) have been offered to the NHS by pharmaceutical companies since 2002 as a way of lowering the acquisition cost to the NHS of high-cost medicines without changing the (publicly available) list prices. PAS prices are confidential. The NHS benefits from significant cost avoidance, and patients benefit from improved access to new treatments. PAS are sometimes referred to as “risk share schemes” or “market access schemes”.

22-04-16    Medical Surgical Supply Chain

Medicines optimisation: a moral and professional duty

Medicines optimisation: a moral and professional duty

In a presentation on March 4th 2016, Sir Bruce Keogh urged us all to “accept the moral and professional duty you have to address the suboptimal use of medicines, unacceptable level of medication error, inappropriate polypharmacy, preventable medication-related admissions to hospitals, antimicrobial resistance, poor adherence, huge and rising cost of medicines”.

22-04-16    Pharmacy

PFI contract review - benchmarking saves £4.81m

PFI contract review - benchmarking saves £4.81m

LPP was appointed as Commercial Adviser to Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust to provide advice in support of a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Soft Facilities Management (FM) benchmarking exercise undertaken in 2015.

05-10-15    Estates Facilities

Working with partners to identify efficiency savings in PFI contracts

Working with partners to identify efficiency savings in PFI contracts

There are currently 24 operational PFI projects run by LPP members with a remaining unitary charge commitment of just under £17.7bn and a lifespan of up to 50 years, ending in 2050. The annual unitary charge for 2014/15 was £590m and for 2015/6 is £607m. In the current climate, with continued pressure on budgets, it is right that there should be a sustained focus on maximising efficiency savings from operational NHS PFI contracts. Without this focus there is a £17m cost pressure for our members before we have even started.

02-03-15    Estates Facilities

Voltage optimisation minimises energy costs

Voltage optimisation minimises energy costs

LPP’s Voltage Optimisation framework agreement provides a comprehensive and OJEU-compliant solution to tackling common power quality problems. Open to all public sector organisations, awarding contracts for voltage optimisation equipment helps minimise energy costs.

02-03-15    Estates Facilities

Conference 2015 Video

Lord Carter of Coles keynote presentation 2nd March 2015:

Videos

UCLH highlights the actions it took to manage and significantly reduce the use of agency staff.

In this video Richard Humble gives advice on how to employ locums safely and ensure they meet quality and safety standards.