Bid number (for EG use)
Scottish Ambulance Service, Chief Fire Officers Association (Scotland) and Scottish Police Forces, Lead contacts Pauline Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org, SAS, Brian Allaway, Lothian and Borders Fire representing CFOA(S), email@example.com , Richard Flint, Strathclyde Police, representing ACPOS firstname.lastname@example.org
Brief description of the aims of the project
Increased collaboration between the 3 emergency services in respect of the procurement, supply, operation, maintenance and disposal of vehicle fleet and associated equipment
Clear description of what the EGF money would be used to buy
Appointment of consultants to undertake scoping study to determine potential areas for partnership and joint working, evaluation of current working practices, undertake option appraisal, highlighting benefits, risks, costs, savings and timescales with preferred options being agreed by the three parties. This will form the basis of a business case for Stage 2
Partners to the project likely to commit resources
Scottish Ambulance Service, Chief Fire Officers Association (Scotland) and Scottish Police Forces will commit staff time and associated expenses to inform study.
Names of other organisations with whom the project has been discussed (to assist the introductions process)
David Baker, Efficient Government Department.
Evidence that suggested approach has been deployed successfully elsewhere
Examples: Gloucester Ambulance, Fire and Police currently share workshop facilities, this is intended in the future to allow further collaboration in respect of maintenance provision and procurement.
Scottish Ambulance Service and Lothian Fire Brigade have recently agreed to share estate for location of front line vehicles to allow faster response to 999 calls.
Scottish Ambulance Service and Strathclyde Police undertaking detailed discussions to share maintenance facilities
Are there any restrictions to potential for enlargement of the project ( i.e. technology, number of partners etc)
No material restrictions. Historical issues of governance and funding removed by Efficient Government proposals. It is intended that the scoping study will consider potential for enlargement e.g. to other Health Services and local government organisations
Benefits projected from the project
Services' User benefits: Higher availability will allow improved front line services.
Financial benefits: greater purchasing power should result in lower cost commodities
Savings in duplication of resources e.g. estate (workshops), management, staffing, vehicles
Operational benefits: better located and equipped facilities, better trained and specialised staff, improved staff development opportunities, allow investment in technology, improved quality of fleet maintenance, greater resilience
Platform for further collaboration e.g. equipment
Estimated financial projections
Overall project cost
At this stage 1 the bid is for £100k for consultancy. The results of this allow the preparation of a business case for stage 2 (if pump priming funding is identified as being required)
Estimated projected benefits
Based on initial review of capacity and procurement practice for Ambulance and Police. Fire currently reviewing potential so figures likely to increase.
Is a pilot required - see guidance notes
Current work at Strathclyde in relation to amalgamation of ambulance, fire and police vehicle maintenance facilities, will allow demonstration of costs and benefits, and lessons learned will be incorporated in scoping study and proposed implementation plan
Additionally: why is EG funding required
Require independent credible review, which cannot be delivered from existing resources, to assess benefits which may be realised from greater partnership and joint working
Does this project complementary in anyway to other EG work
Yes and may lead to further collaboration between existing public sector agencies
Is "stage 2 development funding" requested?
Not at present, this bid is for a scoping study to allow the submission of a stage 2 bid, depending on outcome of scoping study