MTS Health has been at the forefront of hospital capital equipping, for the past 15 years and has led on high profile projects such as Barts Health, Derby, Mid Essex and Peterborough hospitals. Our services incorporate equipment programming for large hospital builds, including Room Data Sheet management, installation and commissioning services.
We have worked alongside NHS Trusts and other private sector clients to deliver savings from their equipment procurement budgets. All of our work is undertaken by our team of qualified bio-medical engineers, clinical scientists and PRINCE 2 project managers. The MTS team is also CIP qualified.
Capital Equipment Planning
MTS has planned and equipped over 30 major hospital projects around the UK. Our strength lies in the meticulous planning of the equipment content in each room, department and therefore whole hospital. We have a database of room templates that are used to then bespoke each hospital to its own requirements, whilst identifying areas to standardise. Full consultation with the clinical and non-clinical users is undertaken. MTS works with ADB & Codebook and links to Revitt and BIM. The largest completed project to date has been the Royal London Hospital (Barts Health) in Whitechapel London. This is the largest PFI in Europe and involved MTS planning and equipping over 10,000 rooms across 3 tower blocks of 14 storeys each. MTS works for NHS Trust’s direct and also for large international construction companies. The MTS database of equipment codes; pricing; technical specifications and life cycles are one of the most robust in the country.
Capital Equipment Procurement
Independent of any manufacturer, MTS creates detailed equipment Bills of Quantities (BOQ’s) with details of price, life cycle and maintenance costs. MTS negotiates directly with suppliers and has built up a many strategic relationships to enable MTS to have highly competitive costs. We will use the NHS Frameworks where appropriate but we have often provided better value for money than the published rates. MTS has live and benchmarked pricing and uses this to reliably inform budgets and equipment financial planning. Where possible and economical, equipment transfers are planned in. MTS has won the prestigious BIFM 2012 “Product Innovation” award. This demonstrated that MTS and an NHS Trust can create new products to fit the clinical use (Paediatric Mobile Trolley/Dispenser). MTS has been using EQUIP Project Management to manage their procurement projects which ensures all invoicing, assets and reporting can be extracted and issued to the client.
The planning of equipment deliveries and installations of complex hospital projects is undertaken using EQUIP Project Management. The interface between procurement, suppliers, client and deliveries is often sensitive and requires careful planning and risk management. Commissioning programmes are developed and risk management strategies produced. Room Data Sheets are often signed off earlier in the process and these are used to track expected deliveries. The reports provided give status updates on all equipment.
Equipment Installation and Commissioning
MTS will programme manage the overall installation and commissioning of all equipment, from loose furniture to complex radiotherapy equipment. The installations are all managed by MTS and will be undertaken by suppliers or manufacturers or acceptance tested and commissioned by one of MTS’s own bio-medical engineers. MTS manages checks the provision of warranties and arranges for training and warranties to be handed over. This information is then compiled for information relating to the CQC compliance.