WINNER: The UK’s first fully crash tested transport trolley for critically ill neonates: KFM, SLE, and Vanguard

KFM partnered with two UK suppliers, SLE Ltd and Vanguard, to deliver a bespoke and innovative solution for the replacement of four neonatal transport incubator trolleys for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Denmark Hill.

This partnership resulted in the successful design and development of the UK’s first fully crash tested transport trolley system for critically ill neonates (newborn children). This fully specified product, filled a gap in the market and is directly impacting positively on patient safety and clinical efficiency with best practice shared across the market and implemented in other NHS organisations.

Judges said: “This was a truly inspiring project which clearly demonstrated what great procurement is about. The project showed how, when engaged early, procurement can support the organisation in delivering innovative solutions. This solution also provided significant savings in terms of clinician’s time, enabling more focus on the patients.”

Highly commended:

  • The Upscaling of Digital Pathology Capabilities across the Pathlake Plus Consortium to Improve Outcomes for NHS Patients: Healthtrust Europe, Pathlake Plus, and University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire Trust


  • Think Big: Innova Care Concepts, Dorset ICS, and Arts University Bournemouth

  • National Framework For Insulin Pumps, Continuous Glucose Monitoring, Closed Loop Insulin Delivery Systems, and Associated Products: NHS Supply Chain

HSJ Partnership Awards 2023 winners revealed