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Scan4Safety programme

Six demonstrator sites have been awarded a share of £12m by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to demonstrate the benefits of GS1 and PEPPOL standards


The Scan4Safety programme is run by the six chosen sites:

  • Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
  • Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust
  • Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Each one of these Trusts is demonstrating the benefits, as well as challenges, they encounter from using GS1 standards. These will include significant efficiencies and cost savings, reduced errors and improved patient outcomes and patient safety.

The DHSC announced that with this activity the implementation of electronic procurement systems will help deliver up to £800 million in efficiency savings. The supply chains for hospitals will be made simpler, helping to reduce the estimated £150m the NHS wastes each year on products which have been either oversupplied or perished.

The six Trusts are all at different points in their journey to implement GS1 standards. Find out more about their individual progress at the Scan4Safety website.