Northern Ambulance Alliance has saved £1 million using Civica’s fleet management software.

The shared five-year contract for the Tranman software is being used across three trusts – North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) and Global Digital Exemplar North East Ambulance Service (NEAS).

The software replaces the existing fleet management systems and it is hoped it will reduce vehicle costs through more efficient data capture and analysis.

It’s the first collaborative procurement undertaken by the alliance.

The project went live in March following successful workshops with Civica.

The key benefits of the system include:

  • One tendering process was carried out instead of three individual tenders, reducing duplication
  • One lot of set up costs were required across the three trusts
  • One common system will help to drive efficiencies within the ambulance fleet as a whole
  • There is an overarching reporting and management suite across the member trusts

Neil Maher, project lead and assistant director of estates and fleet at NWAS, 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.

“It certainly falls within the ethos of Lord Carter’s report on operational productivity and performance in English NHS Ambulance trusts, and goes a long way to laying the foundations for achieving the aims of the report in terms of operational fleets in the North West, North East and Yorkshire.”

Matt Goodstadt, director of transport at Civica, added: “With fleet so critical to patient care for the three ambulance services, Civica Tranman will bring improved visibility and efficient operations.”