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Chris Slater

What it means to be a demonstrator site


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the third largest Trust in England, treating 1.5 million patients a year across 7 sites and in 35 out of 42 specialities determined by NHS England.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals is one of the NHS Acute Trusts chosen by the Department of Health to act as a demonstrator site of excellence for the use of GS1 and PEPPOL standards. The Trust will receive support and a share of £12m to demonstrate the significant efficiencies, cost savings, reduced errors and improved patient outcomes and safety from using GS1 standards.

For Leeds, what is key about barcodes is the data which sits behind them.

The GS1 and PEPPOL adoption journey

The GS1 and PEPPOL adoption journey at Leeds is based on 6 pillars:

  1. Location identification
  2. Catalogue management
  3. Patient identification
  4. Inventory management
  5. Purchase-to-pay
  6. Product recall

By implementing GS1 standards the Trust is ensuring patient safety through its ability to identify clinical usage from procedure to patient, on a micro to national level.

Additionally, they can release time to care through the automation and simplification of non-clinical tasks, from administration to locating inventory.

Finally, GS1 standards enable the Trust to effectively measure and efficiently source goods and services at the optimum cost.

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