LPP shortlisted for two HSJ Efficiency Awards

LPP's work on procuring ICDs & Pacemakers, and managing the Clinical and Administrative Information Systems (CAIS) collaboration of 30 trusts in London and the south, have both been shortlisted for the HSJ Efficiency Awards 2013.

LPP’s CAIS shortlisting is for our work with members and other NHS organisations to find a solution to the ending in 2015 of national provision of clinical and administrative information systems for NHS mental health and community service providers. London and southern trusts concluded that the most cost effective way of creating that alternative arrangement was to create a consortium of NHS organisations to collaborate to find a regional solution. In response, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C & I FT) was appointed by the Community and Mental Health Programme Board to explore options for the procurement of replacement systems, and LPP appointed to manage the procurement.

The 2015 CAIS Project Team has ensured the cost of the procurement has not been multiplied 30 times, and duplicated by each of the members. Large complex IT procurements within the NHS are traditionally expensive to run, as has been seen in the Acute sector with individual trusts paying circa £300,000 each to cover process and legal costs. Consortium members have paid £20,000 each, giving a pro-rata saving in process and legal fees of around £8.4m. The expected return on the contract is around a 10 per cent reduction in current cost, equating to £30m+ in delivered returns.

The ICDs and Pacemakers work was with three large trusts, which brought clinical and procurement specialists together, to change procurement of ICDs and pacemakers. This created a savings opportunity of £2.5-3.5m on an annual spend of £10.2m, of which £2.2m has already been secured for NHS members taking advantage of the framework. Prices tumbled as suppliers adjusted their prices to maintain market share, and as members made purchasing decisions based on clinical evidence and not preference. The frameworks has also encouraged the cost-effective availability of new technologies, and new suppliers to the market have been generated.

The award finalists will be announced on 25th September. You can find out more about LPP's work on both projects in our case studies.