Ambulance conversion specialist VCS has achieved the highest combined score of all bidders in the new NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub Framework Agreement for Ambulance and Specialist Vehicle Conversions.
Assessed on its technical ability, exceptional quality and financial offers, the Bradford-based manufacturer is now positioned at the top of the framework. It will look to continue its innovative approach to ambulance production, continually striving to achieve technical advancements.
The NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub Framework Agreement for Ambulance and Specialist Vehicle Conversions is a new initiative to bring the specification of all ambulances in the UK under a single standard. The new framework will be in place for two years with the option to extend for a further year to a three year term.
Being accepted onto this framework allows VCS to undertake conversions of the Fiat Ducato dual crewed ambulance for NHS ambulance services across the UK. This builds upon the company’s rich history in providing vehicles for NHS fleets such as East Midlands Ambulance Service and West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Paul Croom, Director of Sales at VCS, said: “Our top position placement on the new NHS framework not only confirms the superb quality, innovation and value for money that VCS offers, it also secures our future and provides an excellent platform for growth. This result is testament to the great work done every day by our engineering, manufacturing and commercial teams, and allows us to continue development and maintain our position as a market leader in zero emission ambulances, and lightweight conversions.”
Mark Kerrigan, Managing Director of VCS, said: “Our placement on the new NHS framework proves that VCS truly is the UK’s leading ambulance conversion specialist. However, we don’t plan to rest on our laurels; VCS is committed to making our vehicles even more innovative, advanced and efficient. We’re looking forward to sharing future developments with the market in due course.”
Tony Page, Head of Fleet and Facilities Manager at West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “Having first started working with VCS in 2011, we are delighted to be able to continue our relationship under this new framework. VCS’s innovation and attention to detail enables us to operate one of the most responsive, accessible and efficient services in the country.”
Steve Farnsworth, Assistant Director of Operational Support at East Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We have worked with VCS since 2013 and the quality and technical capability of its products have always lived up to expectation. We’re pleased that we will be continuing to work with them for years to come now that they will be delivering the new national framework, and ambulance services across the country will benefit from the vehicles we have utilised for many years.”
Founded in 2010, VCS is the largest producer of emergency service vehicles in the UK. Currently, more than 40% of all front-line ambulances in use across the country were manufactured at VCS’s state of the art facility in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
VCS majors on innovation, using its pioneering technology to build some of the lightest, most advanced ambulances available. Under Woodall Nicholson ownership since 2019, VCS now also benefits from the significant resources and technical capabilities of the entire group, while retaining the vision and leadership of its founder and Managing Director, Mark Kerrigan and Commercial Director, Wayne Sullivan.