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KFM is a finalist in the CIPS Excellence in Procurement Awards 2022. We have been shortlisted in the Best Supplier Relationship Management Initiative category, for the entry New beds roll out at King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust during the pandemic.

This celebrates our successful partnership with beds supplier Medstrom.

Jo Jones, KFM’s Director of Managed Services, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for this award and it is testament to the commitment, passion and shared values of KCH staff who were involved in the project, Medstrom and KFM that we have procured and delivered an innovative bed and equipment service combining the expertise of all organisations. This award recognises the benefits that are achieved for the NHS when suppliers, KFM and King’s work collaboratively and innovatively with a shared vision to deliver services that meet clinical and patient needs.”

KFM is competing against oil and gas company BP and government department the Cabinet Office amongst others. View the shortlist here.

Rachel Apsey, Commercial Director at Medstrom, added: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for yet another prestigious award. I think this in itself evidences the true partnership we have with KFM, supporting patients and medical staff in providing exceptional care.”

Winners will be announced on the 21 September 2022.

Follow the awards @CIPSevents and with the hashtag #CIPSAWARDS.
The KFM Logistics team completed their first delivery of dialysis equipment to a patient's home in mid-May. The team contact the patient to confirm the best time to deliver the machine; they then collect it on that day and deliver to the patient's home; usually taking away an older machine. The Technician will be on-site to uninstall or install the new equipment.

Each time KFM do this piece of work for KCH we are making a CIP/cost avoidance of £500.00. At the moment KFM have around 40 community installations and 6 hospital-based setups spread across South London and North Kent.

Farman Syed, Technical Operations Manager in Renal and Dental Services, said: “Equipment logistics play a vital role in managing medical devices spread across the community. It helps us as a technical team deliver the best outcome for patients. KFM logistics not only provided us with the responsive service needed but also reduced our courier bill for all non-complex movements.”

Gavin Jones, Head of Logistics and Armed Forces Champion, added: “I’m very pleased to say that the efforts of our team have already saved Managed Services £2,000 in delivery and removal charges since March 2022. I’m hopeful that our support to dialysis equipment use will further improve as we seek to find a safe solution to move equipment up narrow staircases. Thanks also to Chloe Metcalfe for designing an eForm the Technicians can use to bid for logistic support. The system is working well and mitigates the risk of time-sensitive tasks such as these being neglected”.

King’s College Hospital and KFM’s submission has won the One Bromley ‘Residents shaping and influencing integrated care’ Award 2022.

The award celebrates an innovative collaboration with young people with specialist educational needs and disabilities (SEND). The judging panel were extremely impressed with the work our two organisations are doing enabling the voices of young people with SEND to inform service provision.

Gavin Pettitt, Supply Chain Manager, Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) and southern sites, said: “It’s been a real pleasure to support these young people, seeing them taking the first steps into working life and how their confidence has grown as their knowledge and skills develop is inspiring and something I’m immensely proud to be part of. One of our interns has excelled in the role so much that we have offered them full-time employment once they finish the programme and college. They start with KFM in July 2022.”

José Santos, Matron at the PRUH, said: “It’s very rewarding to help the community. For instance, helping an adult with special needs to find a job opportunity can make a huge difference in their lives. Their integration into the workplace offers an opportunity for them to become part of a team. In the long-run it benefits their routines and it allows them to become part of a greater entity, feel useful and have a purpose. Having special needs persons in the team also benefits the team itself as it contributes to raise awareness on special needs individuals and increase kindness and tolerance among the team. I’m very thankful for my role as a Matron which allows me to set the example for my colleagues, so that hopefully in the future, people with special needs can be fully integrated in the workplace.”