The new all-Wales Community Equipment Framework is the first in the UK. By refurbishing, recycling and storing valuable equipment such as wheelchairs, hoists, walking frames commodes etc and working collaboratively and pooling resources significant savings can be made both in equipment and budgets in an area where savings are vital.
The Minister said:
“This innovative joint project, will bring benefits to a wide range of organisations not only delivering significant savings for the public sector but also helping the most vulnerable members of our communities.
“With the growing importance of social care it is essential that Wales has in place efficient and effective processes through which commissioners and providers engage and react to changes in needs and growing demand.
“Improving the procurement process will make a major contribution to the provision of vital social care services. By working collaboratively and pooling resources and budgets significant savings will flow from this framework agreement.
“The new community equipment framework will deliver overall savings of over £1m per year for services where savings are vital.
“The Community Equipment Framework was widely advertised. 60 suppliers expressed an interest and 48 tendered. Following evaluation 27 suppliers have been successful, and I am delighted that 10 are based in Wales.”
Mark Roscrow (Director Welsh Health Supplies) said;
“We were delighted to lead this tender exercise. The considerable support of clinicians, stores managers and procurement colleagues from across Wales has allowed us to create a new agreement that will benefit many people across Wales, and provide a truly collaborative framework for future projects.”
Following extensive collaboration with clinicians, occupational therapists, stores managers and procurement colleagues across Wales, working through the Community Equipment Partnership Boards, the framework has been awarded with effect from 1 July. It will be used by Local Authorities and Health Trusts across Wales.
6 July 2009