What are we trying to do?
We’re exploring wound care procurement and purchasing practices in community and primary care services across four partnering NHS community provider organisations and neighbouring clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to answer the following research question:
What factors influence the wound care procurement decisions of community NHS services and CCGs in Greater Manchester?
Why is it important?
In the UK an estimated 200,000 patients have a complex wound which represents a significant burden to patients and the NHS. Wound care management is responsible for approximately 4% of annual UK healthcare budget. We have collected dispensing data for Greater Manchester in relation to wound care products from ePACT (an application which allows users at primary care organisations and NHS Trusts to electronically access prescription data) and have found marked variation in expenditure and the types of products used. This is not unsurprising given that there is currently a paucity of evidence relating to product efficacy and no national standards to guide product choice, leading to multiplicity of product use across the UK.
This project is designed to help us gain a greater understanding of the factors that procurement personnel use when purchasing wound care products. Together with information collected through the other activities of our wound care programme, the findings of this work are helping to support future service development, product procurement initiatives, and research and implementation activities in this area.
How will we do it?
Procurement personnel involved in purchasing decisions and procurement systems concerning wound care products from NHS community provider organisations, neighbouring CCGs and region-wide organisations were invited to participate in a focus group meeting.
Who we are working with?
In addition to the above organisations, who are formal partners in our wound care programme, individuals from the following organisations were also invited to participate in this work: NHS Bury CCG, NHS Central Manchester CCG, NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG, NHS Oldham CCG, NHS South Manchester CCG, NHS Trafford CCG, the North West Commissioning Support Unit and NHS Shared Business Services.