An innovative approach to partnering up when buying medical supplies, which has saved Hospital Trusts in South and Mid Yorkshire, Chesterfield and Bassetlaw more than £1m, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The Working Together Partnership Vanguard is a partnership of seven hospital Trusts, including Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. We are working together to strengthen each organisation’s ability to deliver safe, sustainable and local services. On Monday 16 January the Partnership was shortlisted in the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards, in both the Innovative Procurement category and the Value in Support Services category.

Our award entry showcases how by working together to buy medical supplies we can make significant financial savings without affecting quality of care for patients. By working together and buying larger quantities, we have negotiated better deals with the companies who make the medical supplies.

The Working Together Partnership Vanguard has also been shortlisted for the Value in NHS Support Services category. The shortlisted bid demonstrates how Trusts can make significant savings simply by working together and sharing best practice approaches to support services, such as workforce management and legal services.

Tony Pedder, Chair of the Working Together Partnership Vanguard said:

“We are delighted that the Working Together Partnership Vanguard has received this recognition. The partnership has been able to achieve significant savings that can be re-invested in patient care.”

Innovative procurement and support service efficiencies are just two strands of the Working Together Partnership Vanguard. The partnership has also created shared digital platforms to improve patient care in the seven partner Trusts and created innovative ways for clinicians to work together to ensure services are sustainable and equitable.

The Partnership is one of the NHS national vanguard sites. Each vanguard takes a lead on the development of new care models which will act as the blueprints for the NHS moving forward and the inspiration to the rest of the health and care system. The Working Together Partnership Vanguard is one of 13 acute care collaborations, which have the aim of linking local hospitals together to improve their clinical and financial viability.