Analysis

Buying into a greater product procurement role for nurses

At the chief nursing officer (CNO) for England’s summit this month, the RCN will publicise its campaign encouraging nurses to have more say in the choice of products, supplies and medicines they use on a daily basis

At the chief nursing officer (CNO) for England’s summit this month, the RCN will publicise its campaign encouraging nurses to have more say in the choice of products, supplies and medicines they use on a daily basis.

The initiative, Small Changes, Big Differences, was launched in March to build stronger relationships between clinical and procurement staff. It aims to enable nurses on the front line of patient care to highlight important aspects of product suitability, such as usability, safety, quality and patient comfort.

The ethos of the campaign is that clinical staff know which products work and which do not, but too often nurses are involved in procurement only when important decisions have already been made.

Economies of scale

Including nursing staff earlier in the process can ‘support with product standardisation which leads to economies of scale, a reduction in waste and large financial savings’, the campaign

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