A topical knowledge of clinical products within the market place enables COCH Commercial Procurement Services to advise product selection underpinned by the latest clinical research. Together with the expertise provided by the rest of the Procurement Team we strive to provide the most appropriate products at the best value pricing.
Product trials are coordinated through COCH Commercial Procurement Services office in order to ensure relevance, safety and a correct procurement process whilst ensuring the greatest degree of standardisation and product rationalisation.
COCH Commercial Procurement Services are constantly scanning the marketplace for innovative products that may reduce costs, patient stays or improve patient care.
The innovative approaches taken by the Countess of Chester Procurement Services Team complement this ethos enabling the realisation of quick win opportunities. The success of the team in this particular area has created a culture locally whereby end users bring ideas to the team on a regular basis.
Our Clinical Procurement Service is led by Jim Kennett. Jim has over 25 years post registration NHS clinical experience as a Registered General Nurse with eleven of these years spent as a Senior Operating Theatre Nurse with a particular interest in orthopaedics. As a former nurse Team Leader, Jim has a proven track record in liaising with clinicians to resolve day to day issues ensuring patient care is performed as safely and efficiently as possible.
Jim is currently co-chair of the National Network of Clinical Procurement Specialist Nurses. This network is a body of some 70 like-minded individuals who share topical information professionally via email and a dedicated NHS networks website, as well as meeting quarterly. Access to this intelligence proves invaluable in aiding COCH Commercial Procurement Services to advise clinicians and the procurement team accordingly.
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