South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has joined an elite group of vehicle operators to be awarded the Freight Transport Association’s (FTA) Van Excellence Accreditation.
The Trust is only one of three ambulance trusts in the country to be awarded this market-leading accreditation.
The Van Excellence initiative looks to enhance standards of van operator compliance, celebrate operators who demonstrate excellence and represent the interests of the van industry.
A team from FTA looked at the Trust’s fleet management, maintenance and repair standards, vehicle roadworthiness, workforce licence checking, vehicle specifications, driver-training, safety initiatives, recruitment and how the vehicles are operated on a day-to-day basis.
During a pre-assessment visit, the Trust was complimented on having one of the most comprehensive applications the auditor had seen.
SECAmb’s Head of Fleet Operations, Justin Wand, said, “We have taken great steps in modernising our fleet and equipment through innovation and continual improvement, over recent years.
We have taken great steps in modernising our fleet and equipment through innovation and continual improvement, over recent years.Justin Wand, head of fleet operations
“Being accredited with the ‘excellence’ standard is a great accolade for the Trust and the team. This standard provides significant independent verification that what we do is truly market-leading.”