Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 21(3) October 2018 : 24-27.doi:10.12927/hcq.2018.25705
Rethinking Supply Chain Management

Case Study: Supply Chain Transformation in the UK National Health Service

Anne W. Snowdon and Alexandra Wright


This case study provides evidence of the impact of the Scan4Safety program demonstrated in six National Health Service (NHS) Trusts, funded to achieve supply chain transformation to improve safety, quality and performance in the NHS in England. All 154 Trusts were mandated to adopt GS1 global standards for supply chain processes and Pan-European Public Procurement On-Line standards in 2014 to enable digital transactions across the NHS. The outcomes of this case reflect the early implementation of the program infrastructure in surgical theatre and cardiac programs. Outcomes include a 4:1 return on investment and projected savings of £1 billion pounds when scaled across the NHS.



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