South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) was honoured at the recent Commercial Fleet Awards ceremony by winning the Public Sector & Blue Light Fleet of the Year 2015 category.
The SECAmb fleet team, which has been on a modernisation programme in recent years, competed against entries from other ambulance trusts, police, councils and the National Blood Service at the awards, which were held in Telford.
The event, hosted by Gaby Roslin, is seen as an integral part of the commercial fleet industry calendar and offers a vital opportunity to the industry to share best practice. Fleet operators have the opportunity to demonstrate commitment to the highest standards in terms of operational excellence, innovation, technology, efficiency and safety.
The judges said that SECAmb is an ‘example of comprehensive fleet management’, showing good use of its road safety programme with demonstrable results.
Judges also praised SECAmb’s development of the national ambulance driver risk indexing tool and the dynamic speed control system to better manage driver performance. They also highlighted SECAmb utilising new technology in vehicle design and materials towards standardising the equipment carried by ambulances to achieve clear improved efficiencies.
Justin Wand, Head of Fleet and Logistics for SECAmb, said, “This is a great accolade for the trust and real recognition of the hard work completed every day by our technical teams. Their focus on improving quality, innovation and support for the frontline is unrivalled and in these cost-conscious times this proves great things can be achieved. I am immensely proud of all the team as their work contributes directly to patient care.”