In 2010, the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) collaborated with SingHealth Group Procurement Office (GPO) to form the Shared Procurement Group comprising community care institutions run by Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) such as nursing homes, community hospitals and hospices. The two-year pilot programme aimed to attain cost savings through the bulk purchase of diapers and milk feeds as these were the two items with the highest value based on the VWOs’ expenditure on medical supplies.
The overall objectives of the shared procurement services for VWOs are:
1. To achieve cost savings through competitive pricing from vendors by aggregating demand and consolidating purchases
2. To increase productivity by reducing their time on procurement matters
3. To promote sharing of procurement knowledge and good practices
Following the success of the pilot, the programme was formalised for another two years from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2014. Since then, the number of items has extended to wet wipes, dressing sets, catheterisation sets, hand rubs, beds and accessories, patient mover/transfer equipment, personal protective equipment, air purifiers, portable air cons, uniforms and shoes. A new term of three years from July 2014 to June 2017 has started. Greater cost savings can be realised with the expansion of the list of procurement items. It now covers wheelchairs and rehabilitation equipment, minor medical equipment, ward curtains and linen, electrical appliances, pharmaceutical refrigerators, specialised trolley, stainless steel trolleys, electrical housekeeping items, bedpan sanitisers and sterilisers, office furniture, printers, copiers and projectors.
Currently, there are 32 community care providers under the Shared Procurement Programme.
||All Saints Home (Hougang)
||All Saints Home (Tampines)
||All Saints Home (Yishun)
||All Saints Home (Jurong East)
||Apex Harmony Lodge
||Bethany Methodist Nursing Home
||Bright Hill Evergreen Home
||Bright Vision Hospital
||Dover Park Hospice
||Jamiyah Nursing Home
||Kwong Wai Shiu Hospital
||Ling Kwang Home for Senior Citizens
||Lions Home for the Elders (Bedok)
||Lions Home for the Elders (Toa Payoh)
||Man Fut Tong Nursing Home
||Moral Home for the Aged Sick
||Ren Ci Hospital
||Ren Ci Nursing Home (Bukit Batok)
||Ren Ci Nursing Home (Moulmein)
||Singapore Christian Home for the aged
||Society for the Aged Sick
||Sree Narayana Mission Home for the Aged Sick
||St Joseph's Home
||St Theresa's Home
||Villa Francis Home for the Aged
||Sunshine Welfare Action Mission
||Tai Pei Social Service
||Peacehaven Nursing Home
||St Andrew’s Community Hospital
||St Andrew’s Nursing Home
||Vanguard Healthcare (Pearl's Hill)
The Shared Procurement approach for VWOs can be extended to outsourced professional services such as the building and maintenance services, transport services, IT services, laundry services, and pharmacy services. VWOs have benefitted from reduced operational spending, streamlined processes and improved productivity, bringing about greater cost savings, consistency in quality standards and better care to their clients.
This programme received the Merit Award in the Supply Chain Category at the Singapore Healthcare Management Congress 2015.