The management team at JPR Solutions has many years’ experience and a vast knowledge in the implementation of Vehicle Preparation systems throughout the UK.
With the increasing demands on ambulance services throughout the UK, and given the high ratio of call volumes and the increasing pressure for crews to deploy more quickly at shift start, vehicles are often not restocked correctly. Where crews are taking the time to undertake these tasks, clinical time is lost which cannot be recovered. In partnership with several NHS ambulance trusts, JPR Solutions has developed a vehicle preparation service that is designed to allow ambulance clinicians to focus on the delivery of high quality patient care, support their individual operational requirements and minimise cross infection whilst maximising patient safety. It reduces critical equipment failure rates and reduces stock holdings, whilst eliminating a number of causes of lost hours when the vehicle is not available, for example, better management of VORs and providing the facility to swap vehicles mid shift when a defect or contamination occurs. The overall objective is to ensure that a “fully prepared, serviceable, infection free ambulance is available at the time it is required to be deployed to a patient”.
Developing a training programme which is bespoke to each client’s requirements has been a key to the success of our approach to the training of personnel who undertake such a vital role; one that is critical in the chain of ensuring patient safety and delivering excellence in patient care. Working together with each Trusts Learning and Development teams, we produce a training schedule that is fit for purpose covering all critical activities, and which follows manufacturer’s guidance, together with infection prevention and control processes.
Key Components of a Vehicle Preparation System –
- Receipt and issue of assigned vehicle to operational staff
- Internal Infection Control Cleaning of all assigned vehicles
- Restocking of consumables
- Checking and re-stocking of all response bags
- Testing and checking all medical equipment
- External cleaning of all vehicles
- The refuelling of all vehicles
- Minor repairs and liaison with fleet department
- Stock and asset management
- Repatriation of medical equipment from associated A and E Departments
- Record keeping and data capture