The evidence of DHSC led pilot of Scan4Safety was published in the report in June 2020. The Scan4Safety report highlights the results achieved by the six demonstrator sites over the course of the two-year programme. It also showcases further evidence from other NHS trusts on their Scan4Safety journey alongside testimonials from leading NHS and regulatory figures.

The results demonstrate how using GS1 standards to uniquely identify people, products and places, improves patient safety, traceability, operational productivity and supply chain efficiency.

Key Evidence

  • 22,000 hours of time released to care over the course of the pilot at North Tees and Hartlepool Hospital NHS Trust. This was through reduction in adverse drug effects and reduction in incident reporting time. 
  • £3,194,346 of cumulative savings realised between April 2016 and December 2018 as a result of consumption reduction supported by the introduction of Scan4Safety at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation.
  • £209,000 of net savings realised in the first year of the Scan4Safety demonstrator pilot (2016/17) at University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust.
  • £2,316,336 of cumulative savings from Scan4Safety was reported by December 2017 at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
  • Estimated £84,411.07 savings each year on product recalls thanks to the introduction of point-of-care scanning at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • £83,548.41 saved at Leeds Teaching Hospitals from October 2016 to March 2017 by standardising and rationalising the items in the surgical trays used for the five most common procedures enabled by scanning.
  • £1,081,280 saved from its balance sheet at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust by December 2018.
  • £1.3m of cumulative savings through cash releasing benefits and cost avoidance at Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust by February 2017.
  • Time released to care in two areas that amounted to £30,000 at Salisbury NHS FT by May 2018.
  • One and a half band 7a nurses were entirely freed up from stock-control work and released to patient care following the implementation of Scan4Safety in cardiac catheterisation labs at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust.

The NHS England National Patient Safety Team continue to support the rollout of S4S in England. Benefits such as those reported in this report have the potential to be reflected by other NHS organisations that implement Scan4Safety.

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Scan4Safety Best Practice Case Study

Scan4Safety programme across all The West Yorkshire Association of Acute Trusts (WYAAT) trusts, has now successfully completed the roll out of various systems across the WYAAT trusts to enable efficiencies and savings. The programme is now moving into ‘business as usual’ for all of their trusts who will continue to support the further expansion of Scan4Safety across West Yorkshire.

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