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Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust win global GS1 healthcare award

Organised by the GS1 Healthcare Provider Advisory Council – consisting of key decision makers and early adopters of GS1 standards in the global healthcare industry

London, 23 October 2015 – GS1 UK is pleased to announce that Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are the winners of the "GS1 Healthcare Best Provider Implementation Case Study Awards” for their significant advances in healthcare.

Taking place at the Global GS1 Healthcare Conference in Budapest, both Trusts were recognised for their adoption of GS1 standards in at least one process in their hospital, which have delivered irrefutable benefits to each hospital.

Further testament to the important role of GS1 standards, both Trusts presented their award winning case studies at the conference. Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has so far implemented GS1 standards in a 27 theatre complex, 40 supporting locations and other sites, leading to significant cultural changes in their approach to inventory management. Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has developed an in-theatre usage and procedure level costing system – by using GS1 barcodes to capture staff, consumables and the time used in an operation, they have seen significant reductions in the volume of stock held and accurate cost data.

Glen Hodgson, Head of Healthcare at GS1 UK, said: “We warmly congratulate both winners for this great achievement. Both Trusts are exemplar sites and have been shortlisted by the Department of Health as fully funded demonstrator sites. We look forward to working with them in order to further support the Department of Health’s efficiency programme. GS1 standards deliver improved patient safety, greater regulatory compliance and operational efficiencies.”

Jackie Pomroy, Head of Supply Chain at South of England Procurement Services, said: “We are delighted to win this award. It’s a reflection of the continuing hard work by everyone on this project – but more importantly, it’s a reflection of the increased use of GS1 standards in the healthcare industry, both in the UK and globally. The adoption of GS1 standards by all healthcare providers and their suppliers will create efficiency, quality and safety benefits for all parties.”

Kevin Downs, Director of Finance and Performance at Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased to win this award, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the adoption of GS1 standards. Having worked in the retail industry, I understand the value of GS1 standards and how they can transform the procurement, inventory management and supply chain efficiency of the healthcare industry – and can also improve patient safety, and reduce costs at the same time, whilst providing real management information to address clinical variation.”

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About GS1 UK

GS1 UK is a community of over 28,000 members working in retail, foodservice, healthcare and more. GS1 UK is one of 112 independent, not-for-profit GS1 organisations operating across 150 countries worldwide. GS1 UK helps everyone involved in making, moving and trading goods, automate and standardise their supply chain processes using the common language of GS1 global standards.

www.gs1uk.org/healthcare

For more information contact:

Annie Evangeli
GS1 UK
+44 20 7092 3581
annie.evangeli@gs1uk.org

Jen Horsman
Instinctif Partners
+44 18 6935 3806
jen.horsman@instinctif.com