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Response to Lord Carter Review into Efficiency in the NHS


Response to Lord Carter Review into Efficiency in the NHS

Teams from around the Trust have been involved in driving efficiencies.
Photo: Alex Keast, Head of Financial Support; Nicky Phillips, Matron for Clinical Standards; Simon Mynes Director of Pharmacy; Stuart Windsor, Associate Director of Facilities.

Today sees the publication of a report by Lord Carter into efficiency in the NHS (

Chief Procurement Officer, Andy McMinn, said: “Thirty-two hospitals have been working closely with Lord Carter and his team for the past 18 months. I’m proud that Plymouth is one of those and the work of our staff has been recognised so positively in this report. We are referenced as follows:

“More efficient trusts, such as Plymouth make good use of e-ordering and invoicing facilities to reduce staff time in both pharmacy and finance departments."

Case Study 5 “Collaboration on data and reducing prices at the Southern Procurement Partnership”

“This echoes the feedback we received from Lord Carter following his visit to our Trust. We pride ourselves on having a creative and innovative approach to resource management. Our clinical colleagues work with support team colleagues across the Trust to secure the best value for money at every point.  Externally its also vital that NHS trusts work in partnership to improve quality and drive efficiency and our work leading the Southern Procurement Partnership is achieving remarkable results.”

“This innovative approach has been recognised, for example, through our recent success in being awarded demonstrator site status for the national roll-out of a set of standards for the NHS. Moving forward, this is the foundation for us for taking forward Lord Carter’s report findings.

“We are always looking for ways to improve our productivity and save the NHS money. Today we’re pleased to announced that we are establishing a new executive and clinically-led programme to take forward each of the 15 recommendations in Lord Carter’s report.”


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