Partnering to Deliver a Standardised National A&E Ambulance
07 October 2020

The NHS Commercial Alliance, a partnership between the East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub and NHS Commercial Solutions, is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement (NHSE/I) as part of an innovative project to deliver the first national collaborative procurement of double-crewed ambulances. The project is a key recommendation in Lord Carter’s review into operational productivity and performance in English NHS ambulance trusts and will deliver both quality improvements and commercial benefits to trusts.  

The NHS Commercial Alliance will be working with NHSE/I to develop and deliver a procurement solution for the conversion of the base vehicle, which itself will be procured via a similar collaborative arrangement with the Crown Commercial Service.  This is the second phase in standardisation following the publication of the national specification in March 2019.  

Howard Rolfe, Managing Director, said “We are delighted to be working in partnership with NHSE/I and the services to standardise a national accident and emergency ambulance, delivering the recommendation of the Lord Carter Review and improving service quality.” 

Delivery of the project means that from early in the 2021/22 financial year, for the first time, all routine procurement for ‘A&E Front Line Ambulances’ will be through a common route to market using a standard specification.

If you would like to learn more about the project, please contact James Richards: james.richards@eoecph.nhs.uk

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