Delivering the goods as a clinical procurement nurse

Clinical procurement nurse David Newton tells Daloni Carlisle how this relatively new role helps reconcile the competing forces of care quality and cost benefit

Clinical procurement nurse David Newton tells Daloni Carlisle how this relatively new role helps reconcile the competing forces of care quality and cost benefit.

Abstract

What is a procurement nurse?

We are a relatively new breed of nursing expert who bring clinical expertise to procurement. In principle, the aim is to deliver safer practice and economic benefits through intelligent procurement.

How can procurement improve safety and also deliver savings?

I’ll give you an example. If I was looking at IV wound dressings, I would assess all the products in the marketplace to determine which ones work and which are less successful. This would include reviewing independent evidence. After selecting one of the right quality and negotiating a good price for the volume the hospital needed, I would initiate the change with nursing staff and manage any training and support needs.

Read the article

This article was first published in print under the original title 'Delivering the goods' in Nursing Standard: volume 30, issue 9

 

This article is for subscribers only