Integrated trust-wide asset management for NHS

With information stored not only by Finance within the capital asset register but also duplicated across Medical Equipment and Estates departments, attaining a single view of asset history, including location, maintenance and value is impossible. Now, as it becomes apparent the NHS will face a significant financial shortfall in the near future, it is becoming ever more critical to impose control over asset management to improve performance, maximise resource utilisation and minimise mistakes. This article outlines the need for a single integrated asset register.