Whitecroft Lighting Ltd has been handed an award in recognition of its Added Value and Contribution to the ProCure22 (P22) framework (NHS), and work on the Nightingale Centres.
The award recognises Whitecroft’s outstanding contribution to making capital and operational cost efficiencies through P22, as well as its work on Nightingale Centres, the emergency Covid-19 hospitals built at short notice at the height of the first wave of the pandemic in 2020, through the Standard Components programme.
The award specifically highlights the £21.6m cost efficiencies generated for NHS clients through the P22 Standard Components Initiative, part of the P22 construction Procurement Framework administrated by NHS England and NHS Improvement for the development and delivery of NHS and Social Care capital schemes in England.
P22 streamlines procurement by developing partnerships between Clients, and Principal Supply Chain Partners (PSCPs), in order to increase efficiency and productivity and enhance clinical outputs for patients, and improve environments for staff and visitors.
The Nightingale Centres were constructed inside existing buildings, converting them into temporary medical facilities, in response to surging Covid-19 cases that had the potential to overwhelm the NHS’s existing critical care capacity.
Whitecroft supplied lighting to eight of the ten centres, including the Manchester Central Convention Complex and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, and was able to identify and install the lighting in just five days.
Whitecroft’s range of specialist ward lighting solutions were not suitable for the large cavernous spaces, as regular hospital wards have lower ceilings that require a high percentage of up-lighting, therefore new solutions were needed in a very tight timeframes.
The bespoke product design team were quickly able to adapt three existing lighting solutions to meet the needs of each environment, giving the NHS and contractors the flexibility to select the one which best suited their criteria.
In total 5,000 bespoke bedhead luminaires were designed, sampled, approved and released into volume manufacture within three days of initial enquiry.
John Earley, Whitecroft Lighting’s Specials Product Design Manager, commented: “Meeting such a tight deadline was a challenge, and was only possible because we have bespoke capabilities in-house, and we are a UK manufacturer with all of our design services and manufacturing located in Greater Manchester.”
Karen Bramman, Healthcare Director at Whitecroft Lighting, said: “The Nightingale Centres call came at a difficult time for everyone, as we were forced to shut down production in order to implement social distancing measures.
“However our team really rose to the challenge, and demonstrated their tenacity, resilience and experience under difficult circumstances.
“Each Nightingale space presented its own set of unique challenges, so we had to find a way of creating lighting levels and controls that were suitable for both clinical staff and patients, whilst minimising infection control.
“We reviewed the stock we had in our inventory at the time, and were able to quickly adapt products to fit the needs of the various local NHS teams and installing contractors.
“We’re really proud to have received an award that recognises our hard work and the significant savings we have delivered to NHS clients, it felt like our years of working in healthcare gave us the product and knowledge to make a big difference under really challenging circumstances.”
Sarah Ricketts, BAM Construction the chair of the working group, said: “We continue to be amazed by the dedication our recommended suppliers offer the framework especially through these extraordinary times. They consistently step up to all the challenges bought on by the pandemic and remain proactive and enthusiastic delivering a superb service.”
Whitecroft Lighting has a long standing presence in healthcare, supporting the NHS procurement framework since 2012, and has delivered hundreds of lighting projects for the NHS over the years. The company has a reputation for not only designing, manufacturing and installing high quality lighting for the health care industry, but also helping to raising lighting standards and applications.
Pictured from left to right: John Earley, Specials Product Design Manager, Karen Bramman, Healthcare Director and Richard Williams, Commercial Manager