NHS Operational Productivity and Performance Review Published

The value of GS1 standards to NHS Trusts across England outlined in Lord Carter’s final report

In Feb 2016, Lord Carter released his final report into operational productivity and performance in English NHS Acute Trusts. Lord Carter continues to highlight the value GS1 standards can bring to the NHS. GS1 standards implementation is referenced specifically in the report through:

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• data transparency supporting the NHS Purchasing Price Index

• electronic prescribing and medicines administration

Across all three of these areas, NHS hospitals across England are set to benefit from the mandatory adoption of GS1 coding and PEPPOL messaging standards. The announcement of six demonstrator sites in January this year accelerates the impact that GS1 standards will have in improving patient safety, ensuring greater regulatory compliance and driving operational efficiencies.

Lord Carter’s final report recognises that GS1 standards form a vital part of the collaboration needed across Trusts, and their suppliers, to build an effective system for looking after their supply chain, their inventory and their patients. Overall, Lord Carter estimates that hospitals across England could save an estimated £5bn by reducing unwarranted variations through changes such as the implementation of GS1 standards.

All six demonstrator sites will be attending the GS1 UK Healthcare conference in April, and it will be a great opportunity to find out everything you need to know about GS1, as well as hearing from other Trusts and suppliers about their plans for implementation. You can download a copy here.