Innova Care Concepts are pleased to have been acknowledged for their part in the success of Dorset Health Village in securing ‘Highly Commended’ in the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Category at the 2022 Go Awards.
On the 25th May 2022, the UK GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards showcased the very best public, private and third sector organisations that are leading the way in public procurement best practice across the UK.
Against the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic, they recognised the tireless work and endeavour that underpins the delivery of critical services; highlighting the innovation and ingenuity that ensures public spend creates lasting social and economic benefit, as well as marking the extensive collaborations and partnerships that exist across supply chains.
To help tackle the huge NHS waiting lists backlog caused by the pandemic, Innova helped University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) become the first NHS Trust to launch the ‘Think Big’ project, constructing an outpatients assessment clinic using material and equipment from decommissioned Nightingale hospitals.
Click here to view Innova’s Go Awards certificate for their work with Dorset Health Village.
COVID-19 Outstanding Response Award
The Covid-19 Outstanding Response Award recognises the outstanding work and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations in the public and third sector in dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic.
While the UK is still tackling and assessing the impact of Covid-19, it is clear that the public sector supply chain has played a significant role in the nation’s response.
This particular GoAward recognises the commitment and dedication shown by organisations in highlighting examples of best practice and new approaches that have arisen as a result of the pandemic.
Not only does it bring a focus on the UK’s continuing approach to tackling Covid-19, but also in terms of how they can be applied to other areas of procurement in the future.
Covering all areas of public procurement, the Covid-19 Outstanding Response Award recognises the significant impact the pandemic has had across the public sector and contract delivery.
NHS Dorset Think Big
The Dorset Integrated Care System achieved a ‘Highly Commended’ in the Covid-19 Response and Recovery Category at the 2021/2022 Go Awards thanks to their creation of the ‘Think Big’ initiative.
Developed to prevent a ‘bottle neck’ effect on pressurised hospital trusts, it involves moving the more high-volume, low-complexity (HVLC) treatments within specific specialties, in order to allow patients to receive surgery quicker.
In order to ascertain where this care could be provided, different locations were considered both within NHS hospitals and also within the community, including proposals of a ‘health pop-up village’.
The very first example of the ‘Think Big’ initiative in practice is Dorset ‘Health Village’.
Since opening in November, more than 6,000 patients have used its outpatient assessment clinic, which has operated from part of the Beales premises in the Dolphin Shopping Centre.
It runs outpatient appointments in a completely different way with the clinic initially covering dermatology, orthopaedics, ophthalmology and breast screening.
Watch the video below to discover more about the ‘Think Big’ initiative.
“This is a vanguard for the country – the county’s now looking at Poole and saying ‘this is the way we should be doing it’. It’s a safe environment, it’s a good environment and it connects with the people of Dorset. I’m hoping that this is something which will continue.”
Deputy Director for Transformation at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Ashleigh Boreham
How did Innova help?
The main objective of the ‘Think Big’ project was to ‘repurpose’ existing materials and turn a redundant department store into a working, functioning clinic within an incredibly-short space of time.
Using their experience of the Nightingale projects, Innova constructed an outpatient clinic in the matter of weeks using material and equipment from decommissioned Nightingale hospitals, helping to enhance sustainability and provide the NHS with a quick solution.
A huge number of items of registered equipment were repurposed, with the Dorset team able to use Innova’s NHS web portal to view every item online, so that the right equipment could be selected.
Watch our video below of our interview with Deputy Director for Transformation at Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group, Ashleigh Boreham.
As a result, by working closely with construction partner, CFES; architect, BDP; and the NHS team, Innova Care Concepts ensured that over 70% of the site was kitted out re-using equipment and materials from the Nightingale projects they had worked on previously.
Offering a open book procurement policy, NHS Dorset were able to rapidly view the equipment available, check it was in line with pricing laid out in the NHS framework, and enable their procurement team to verify it was value for money for the public purse.
Click here to read our blog on how we helped University Hospitals Dorset (UHD) became the first NHS trust to launch the ‘Think Big’ project.
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