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GS1 UK Healthcare User Group

Delivering interoperability and sustainability through Scan4Safety

The Healthcare User Group (HUG) is made up of invited senior representatives from healthcare trade associations, providers, suppliers, solution and service companies, and other related organisations.

The purpose of the HUG:

To promote the adoption of GS1 standards throughout the NHS, its suppliers and partners in line with the NHS Code of conduct for data-driven health and care technologies*, NHS digital data and technology standards, Government Digital Services Technology Code of Practice and the NHS eProcurement Strategy.

Adoption of the standards also supports adherence to the requirements of Medical and Invitro Diagnostic device regulations (MDR and IVDR) as well as Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) in the verification and tracking of Unique Device Identification (UDI).

*this will be changed to the Digital Healthcare Technology standard once released

The group is chaired by Ian Townend, lead architect – standards and interoperability at NHSX.

The scope of the HUG is to:

  • Drive adoption of standards across the NHS, starting with acute trusts in England
  • Support implementation of standards to identify every person, product and place 
  • Create a sharing and learning environment 
  • Offer support and advice to regional groups implementing our standards
  • Be responsive to the evolving healthcare environment 
  • Provide feedback and advice on GS1 UK’s healthcare plans and activity
  • Work with regulatory and other bodies, to support national and international standards activity
  • Act as the UK point of contact for the GS1 Global Healthcare Group and to provide healthcare related feedback into the Global Standards Management Process (GSMP)
HUG meetings

21 October 2021 – GS1 UK AGM at Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square, London, NW1 2FB

HUG members
  • Ian Townend, lead architect – standards and interoperability at NHSX, and HUG chair
  • Jo Goulding, business product lead – pharmacy at NHS Digital, and HUG vice chair 
  • Andy Crosbie, devices division at Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Bayode Adisa, devices data and surveillance strategy manager – devices information and operations group at Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) 
  • Jan McDonald, group manager – access, information and medicines standards at Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
  • Neil Hind, North West PPE and sustainable procurement lead, NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • James Mayne, programme manager and Scan4Safety lead, Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and GS1 UK Midlands adoption group representative
  • Richard Price, Scan4Safety programme manager at Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, and GS1 UK Southern adoption group representative
  • Vicky Green, offer to cash – commercial lead UK and Ireland at Medtronic
  • Gillian Fox, product director – life sciences and healthcare UK at DHL Supply Chain
  • Andrew Davies, director of hospital pharmacy, pharmacy and medicines optimisation team – improvement directorate at NHS England and NHS Improvement
  • Andrew Stevenson, chairman, British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA)
  • Luella Trickett, director, value and access, Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI)
  • AnnMarie Shaw, deputy head of procurement at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rachael Ellis, Scan4Safety director, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Andrea Smith, director of procurement, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust 
  • Marc Saaiman, deputy head of procurement, South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Dave Harris, head of service – logistics and supply chain, NHS Lancashire Procurement Cluster
  • Liz Ashall-Payne, chief executive officer, ORCHA, and techUK health and social care council member
  • Jackie Pomroy, Independent Consultant 
  • Judie Finesilver, Independent Consultant

GS1 standards implementation guides

The aim of these documents is to show how GS1 standards can be used to improve traceability and increase the reliability of data for managing surgical instruments.

The guidance documents below share a high-level guide to standards required by systems with surgical-instrument tracking functionality supported by full guidance requirements for surgical instrument traceability.

High-level guide  Surgical instrument traceability guidance

Want to know more?

For more information contact Glen Hodgson at GS1 UK.