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KFM has won a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Award for its Enhanced Supply Chain Service. The award was announced last night at a celebratory event in London.

Over the year 2019/20 KFM initiated a comprehensive change programme to fundamentally re-engineer its supply chain to provide an enhanced service to King’s College Hospital. This has released valuable clinical time to focus on patient care and provides better value for money.

KFM initiated a lean six sigma rapid improvement programme which began by mapping the existing supply chain processes and gathering data to identify areas for improvement. As a result, changes were made over a six-month period in operational systems, processes and staffing.

Andy Lockwood, Managing Director at KFM, said: “Winning the HSJ Procurement Project of the Year Award is a real honour and testimony to the skills and dedication of the KFM Team. The enhanced supply chain service at King’s means clinicians can focus on patient care and delivers financial benefits worth £10m a year. Well done Team KFM!”

The judges praised the KFM team for their “cohesive and engaging approach” and said "The winners built impressively on the written submission reinforcing their entry. The team demonstrated strong involvement between clinical and non-clinical staff including executive level involvement and showcased the benefit of improving value and reducing waste. The judges felt that this could be a model for other trusts to replicate."

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