Involving nurses in the procurement process was supposed to reduce waste and improve patient care. But three years on. reports Victoria Hoban. research shows a very mixed picture across NHS trusts.
When intensive care nurse Ian Poxon became clinical supplies liaison officer at Nottingham University Hospital NHS Trust four years ago. many people questioned the necessity of “wasting” an experienced nurse on improving the process of ordering stock. But a year later. after he had saved the trust ?172.000. they had to eat their words.