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Northern Ambulance Alliance saves £1m through joint procurement of fleet management system

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The Northern Ambulance Alliance (NAA) has undertaken a joint procurement to replace its existing fleet management systems with a new, fit for purpose, system that will support fleet managers to reduce vehicle costs through more efficient data capture and analysis.

It is expected to improve the way the NAA manages fleet information, while simultaneously reducing costs and creating the ability to benchmark data across the three ambulance trusts, through a shared five year contract with Civica Tranman.

This is the first time a collaborative procurement has been undertaken by the NAA which is an alliance between North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) and North East Ambulance Service (NEAS). The trusts have joined forces with the objective of identifying and developing opportunities for joint efficiencies and innovation. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) is also an associate member of the NAA.

The project was led by Neil Maher, NWAS assistant director of estates and fleet, with the support of colleagues at NEAS and YAS, as well as the NWAS programme management office. Further support has been provided by a project team including key representatives from fleet, finance, procurement and information management and technology teams at NWAS, YAS and NEAS.

The project went live in early March following workshops with Civica to ensure the new system meets the specification and needs of each of the trusts involved.

Maher said: “There have been significant savings achieved in the procurement of this system, however we see the real value of it as a long term investment for the three trusts in terms of future operating costs, process redesign, organisational learning, fleet quality, and the ability to make better informed decisions for future fleet procurements.

Rod Barnes, chief executive at YAS, added: “Our fleet is so critical to patient care that we welcome having improved visibility from the new system. This will allow all three trusts to improve the quality and efficiency of their operations which is an important step in supporting Lord Carter’s recommendations to increase productivity and create greater efficiencies together.”

Lynne Hodgson, director of Finance at NEAS said: “There are a number of projects being pursued by the estates, fleet and procurement workstream of the overall NAA programme, all aiming to achieve standardisation and value for money. The teams are committed to working together to deliver efficiencies and drive forward best practice. The joint procurement of the new fleet management system is a significant milestone in this programme of work."

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