The North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, known locally as North Mid, is a District General Hospital in the London Borough of Enfield. It sees more ambulances through its A&E department than any other hospital in London and has undergone some significant changes in the past 6 months. To prepare for these changes, North Mid undertook an £85 million build project to increase hospital capacity by 120 beds.
Crimson & Co joined the NHS team to support with the procurement of all the capital equipment from specification through to delivery and installation.
Room data sheets into procurement plans
Having been through a number of careful design iterations to ensure the building was clinically fit for purpose, North Mid drafted equipment lists per room. From these data sheets Crimson & Co categorised items and developed procurement plans for each area of spend. Operating in the public sector means that all procurement strategies have to align with the EU Procurement Directive to achieve value for money. Many view the rules as a barrier; however they are there to encourage open transparent competition, not to constrain innovation or hinder project objectives. Crimson successfully implemented procurement plans with North Mid across a huge range of items from hand towel dispensers to ultrasound scanners.
To avoid the tender simply being an exercise to tick the ‘public procurement rule box’, the following were key in achieving a meaningful outcome:
Delivery and commissioning
Crimson & Co were a key part of the commissioning team and communicated with over 70 suppliers to ensure the right equipment arrived on time and was installed as agreed. In a tight commissioning period with continual date changes the following three factors resulted in success:
Through various tender exercises Crimson & Co delivered a circa £400k saving against the initial cost estimate, representing a 10% saving. Equipment arrived on time allowing the maternity unit to open on time. A further four adult acute wards opened, an additional three ITU beds, one A&E resus bay and additional equipment for an acute assessment unit were also managed over the course of the project.
As well as hitting project timelines and saving costs the following benefits were also highlighted: