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Nurse-led team manages clinical testing of products to cut NHS costs

A team of nursing professionals is helping to lower NHS costs and enhance services by more efficient purchasing of essentials such as gloves and syringes.
Cost evaluation of products

A team of nursing professionals is helping to lower NHS costs and enhance services by more efficient purchasing of essentials such as gloves and syringes.

The NHS spends £9 billion a year on clinical supplies and services. But better procurement management could lead to annual savings of up to £1 billion, according to a 2016 review by Labour peer Lord Carter into productivity in acute hospitals in England.

A nurse-led NHS clinical evaluation team was set up in April last year to review clinical products used by NHS staff, identifying those that deliver quality, safety and value.

It recently published its first set of reports on four product ranges: examination gloves, open suction catheters and suction tubing, blunt drawing up devices, and syringes.

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The team was created following a campaign by the RCN, Small Changes, Big

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