An HSJ roundtable, sponsored by GS1 UK, looked at the advantages and roadblocks to implementing scanning technologies in the NHS and ways to fast-track their adoption

Read the detailed report of the roundtable here

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Scanning technologies utilising barcodes to track what happens to equipment, medical devices and disposables have become common – if not universal – in the NHS. But what part will they play in a future when alternative technologies are much more widespread? 

An HSJ roundtable brought together healthcare practitioners with policymakers to talk about what the future holds for scanning and discuss what needs to be done to get the most out of the technology across the NHS.


  • Lee Bond, chief financial officer, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust 
  • Lord Philip Hunt of Kings Heath, president, GS1 UK
  • Dr Monica Baird, deputy medical director, North Bristol Trust
  • Professor Sir Terence Stephenson, Nuffield professor of child health, University College London and member, GS1 UK advisory board
  • Jackie Whittle, chief clinical information officer, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust 
  • Andrew Raynes, director of digital and chief information officer, Royal Papworth Hospital Foundation Trust 
  • Dr Richard Preece, director of quality, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership
  • Tracy Cryer, lead nurse for patient safety, Manchester Children’s Hospital, Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust 
  • Alan Foster, STP/ICS executive lead for North East and North Cumbria Integrated Care System
  • Howard Blackith, chief information officer, NHS Supply Chain
  • Daniel Redfern, regional director, Royal College of Surgeons 
  • Glen Hodgson, head of healthcare, GS1 UK
  • Nick Carding, correspondent, HSJ and chair of roundtable