ProCure21+: Department of Health and six PSCPs (Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try, IHP, Interserve, Kier and Willmott Dixon)
When six contractors qualified to become principal supply chain partners for the Department of Health’s ProCure21+ framework, they soon set about a collaboration that improved patient care and construction standards while leaving a lasting industry legacy in the form of royalty-free designs.
The ProCure21+ framework has brought together the DoH, major contractors (Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try, IHP, Interserve, Kier and Willmott Dixon), 60 NHS trusts, dozens of supply chain members and hundreds of consultee stakeholders.
Between them, they have helped to design 14 repeatable room arrangements which are now available royalty-free to all healthcare providers, along with a series of standard components and specifications.
This has helped save time and money for clients. The standard components have saved more than £1.3m alone and could deliver annual savings of £30m. There has also been no litigation on projects since the original framework started in 2003.
In that time, more than 1,000 projects worth more than £9bn have gone through ProCure21 and ProCure21+.
“Through collaboration, the team of principal supply chain partners has been able to add value, improve design and eliminate waste to deliver outstanding results”
Projects using repeatable rooms and standard components have been handed over in locations including Scarborough, Stoke-on-Trent and Wrightington.
In Scarborough, for example, savings of more than £90,000 were found on a £4m surgical ward project, which allowed for a further facility to be included as part of the project.
Judges said the extent to which all stakeholders have been engaged in ProCure21+ was truly groundbreaking.
“The focus on reaching all parts of the supply chain, as well as customers, hospital staff and patients, in more than 1,000 projects is both innovative and market leading,” they added.
“Through collaboration, the team of principal supply chain partners has been able to add value, improve design and eliminate waste to deliver outstanding results.”
Through the framework, the six contractors are now developing repeatable emergency department treatment rooms, as well as working with the Royal College of Emergency Medicine and the Royal College of Nursing to define requirements for a chair-centric treatment space.
Lessons from the framework are being shared with other government departments including justice and defence. They have developed an iPad app and have now got examples of non-P21+ partners using its repeatable designs outside of the framework.
One judge said: “It’s great that this reaches all parts of the supply chain, from bringing competitors together to create new industry standards, to sharing learnings throughout government and retaining a real focus on hospital staff and patients, including through regular workshops.”
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