Vernacare, a leader in hygienic patient care has gained double recognition from The NHS in their North West Excellence in Supply Awards, which celebrate the contribution of suppliers to enhancing patient care and improving efficiency within North West NHS Trusts.
Vernacare has been shortlisted in both the Innovation and Patient Experience award categories.
Earlier this year, Vernacare launched its new space efficient Compact, which is the world's smallest disposal unit for single-use containers, which are used when washing and toileting patients. The Compact has been shortlisted for the innovation award due to its contribution to advancing patient and staff safety by providing infection prevention at the point of care.
The company's VernaFem female urinal has been shortlisted for the Patient Experience Award because of its important contribution to improving patient comfort, dignity and safety. The product, which is another world first, is used by hundreds of NHS Trusts and healthcare facilities across 21 other countries to help prevent Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAIs) and Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections (CAUTIs).
Both products were developed at Vernacare's Bolton R&D and production site, with support from NHS Trusts across the North West and wider UK. They are part of the 'Vernacare System' of hygienic patient toileting and washing. This single-use system is used by 96% of NHS Trusts to improve the patient experience, reduce infection, save nurses' time, improve environmental performance, save energy and reduce costs.
Phil Bradley, UK Commercial Director at Vernacare, said: "We are very proud to reach the final of these prestigious awards. Our close partnership with the NHS is key to our success in developing innovative infection prevention products that assist productivity, safety and sustainability in modern healthcare. We are very grateful to the input of clinicians from North West Trusts and further afield in helping us to develop our new Compact disposal unit and the VernaFem female urinal."
The awards final will take place in Blackpool on 19 October 2017.