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16/07/21
KFM was invited to present at the national Clinical Quality Strategy Forum on 13/14 July.

KFM Managing Director Andy Lockwood and Director of Procurement and Supply Chain, Adam Broad, gave a joint presentation with Dr Oliver Long, Site Medical Director at King's College Hospital, about ‘Financially Stable Decision Making: Reinvesting in a Smarter Trust'. The session focused on KFM’s award winning work on enhanced supply chain.

The Clinical Quality Strategy Forum brings together Medical Directors, Chief Surgeons, Directors of Nursing and senior clinicians from across the NHS together with service providers in a networking event to improve efficiency and patient care.

KFM’s Managing Director, Andy Lockwood, said: "We were delighted to be invited to present how KFM and the Trust have worked together in partnership to drive standardisation and reduce the clinical product range by 67%."


Click here to read the full presentation.

15/07/21


KFM has been shortlisted as a finalist at this year’s UK National GO Awards for procurement.

The GO Awards celebrate the best procurement achievements from across the UK’s public, private and third sector organisations.

KFM has been shortlisted in the category ‘Procurement Team of the Year’. The entry highlights KFM’s partnership with King’s College Hospital and creating an enhanced supply chain service.

Andy Lockwood, Managing Director of KFM, said: “Hot on the heels of winning the HSJ Procurement Project of the Year Award last week, KFM has been shortlisted for two further national awards, GO and CIPS. After three years of hard work to build something special I am delighted to see It’s Coming Home. Congratulations Team KFM.”

The winners will be announced on 15 September.


Follow the awards on Twitter at @goawardsnews or using the #GOAwards on LinkedIn.
15/07/21
KFM has received another award nomination. It has been announced as a finalist in the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2021.

This follows on from winning an HSJ Partnership Award last week and also being declared a finalist in the UK National GO Awards for procurement.

KFM’s entry highlighted collaboration with King’s College Hospital to tackle the Covid-19 challenge leading to being shortlisted in the category ‘Best Collaborative Teamwork Project’.

Andy Lockwood, Managing Director of KFM, said: “Hot on the heels of winning the HSJ Procurement Project of the Year Award last week, KFM has been shortlisted for two further national awards, GO and CIPS. After three years of hard work to build something special I am delighted to see It’s Coming Home. Congratulations Team KFM.”

The Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS) is a global not-for-profit organisation, serving the procurement and supply management profession.

Winners will be announced on 22 September 2021.


Follow the awards on Twitter @CIPSevents and #CIPSAwards
02/07/21
The KFM team got the heads up at the start of May that the ward was going to convert into a discharge lounge. KFM was given a very short time to source patient chairs for the lounge and over-bed tables, among other consumables. These included items to help with the high volume of dementia patients who will use the discharge lounge. Dementia friendly games and wall transfers stickers were sourced to help entertain patients.

Tricia Fitzgerald, Deputy Director of Nursing Projects Denmark Hill site, said: “We recently opened the Matthew Whiting Discharge Unit and we found the KFM team to be friendly and responsive to our needs for new equipment at short notice. Stacey and Claire have been really helpful and managed to get the equipment we needed in time for opening. Thank you so much to the KFM team!"

Claire Allcock, Inventory & Purchasing Support Team Leader, at KFM, added: “The pandemic taught us to open new areas in a very short space of time, so opening the new discharge unit in two weeks didn’t really faze us! We worked with the clinicians to help as much as we could from sourcing and purchasing the equipment and consumables to last minute rearranging of furniture and filling up the danicentres ready for patients. This was a real team effort so thank you to all involved including Luke Oloo who did a fantastic job reorganising the storeroom, Tim Kerr for helping sourcing the equipment as well as Kerry Johnstone and Henry Essilfie helping with the budget and cost codes for the new area.”

The KFM team sourced and set up a catalogue of 60 items, liaising closely with Trust staff.

The Discharge Unit will aid improved flow of patients through emergency and planned care pathways by releasing inpatient bed capacity earlier in the day. The aim is for ”Golden Patients” to be brought to the Discharge Unit for breakfast to free up space on the wards before 11.00 to allow swifter admission for patients coming through Assessment Units and the Emergency Department.


01/07/21
This week KFM marks its fifth birthday. As a start-up KFM went on a steep learning curve but it is now celebrating many achievements in partnership with King’s College Hospital.

Andy Lockwood, Managing Director of KFM, said: “I’m very proud that the KFM Team have made such giant strides over the last three years. We started with a Back to Basics programme in 2018 and now in 2021 we have a lot to be proud of in our financial contribution to King’s and our customer satisfaction ratings. It will only get better!”

Talking about how KFM has changed over the five years since its launch Tara Woodward, Managed Services Performance & Operations Manager, said: “At the start the KFM management team were interims and the organisation didn’t have a well-established governance structure or processes in place. Due to this there was very high staff turnover, which effected the relationships and reputation that KFM had with its customer."

Tara compares this to the current environment: “I’ve seen a positive change in the four years that I have been working for KFM. You can see that KFM and King’s College Hospital are now on a journey together and some strong, trusting relationships have been built which is also reflective in our customer satisfaction Net Promoter Score (NPS) score. I look forward to continuing the KFM journey.”