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London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) is the largest free ambulance service in the world, caring for more than one-and-a-half million patients every year.
We are the only London-wide NHS Trust and are at the frontline of the NHS in the capital. We serve an area of approximately 620 square miles. Broadly speaking, this is the whole area within the M25.
We have two main functions - the provision of an Accident and Emergency service to respond to 999 calls and our Patient Transport Service, which performs an important role in taking patients to and from their hospital appointments.
In addition, we also manage the Emergency Bed Service, which co-ordinates registers of specialised care facilities available across London, along with some national monitoring services.
Head of Fleet
Closed for applications on: 25-May-2021 00:00
Vacancy status: Closed
Closed for applications on: 25-May-2021 00:00
- Waterloo HQ
- SE1 8SD
- Major / Minor Region
Contract type & working pattern
- Full time - 37.5 hours per week (plus on call 1/5)
- £70,641 - £80,554 per annum inclusive of HCAS
- Salary period
- (Band 8C)
- Main area
- Head of Fleet
London Ambulance Service covers an area of 620 sq. miles, serves one of the world’s most dynamic and diverse cities and is the busiest ambulance service in the UK. We handle over 1.9 million emergency calls from across the capital and attend more than 1.2 million incidents every single year as well as delivering a 24 hour NHS 111 Integrated Urgent Care Service in South East and North East London that we estimate will respond to around 1.4million urgent care calls by the end of the year.
We employ over 8,000 people who work or volunteer across London to respond to the health needs of over eight million people who live, work and travel in the capital. We work closely with our NHS partners and are commissioned by 32 clinical commissioning groups spread across 5 sustainability and transformation partnerships (STPs) and NHS England for our specialist services. We work alongside London’s hospital, mental health and specialist trusts, as well as the five STPs across Greater London.
In addition we work in partnership with the other emergency services, London’s Air Ambulance and London’s Resilience Forums to make sure we are ready and prepared to respond to major incidents and ensure we keep Londoners safe. As the only pan-London NHS provider we have a unique opportunity to play a leading role in integrating access to emergency and urgent care right across London.
By 2023 we will improve outcomes and experiences for all our patients by providing the right care to patients at the right time, and in the most cost effective way. This will mean up to 122,000 fewer patients being taken to emergency departments when their needs could be better met in a different way, and we will deliver significant efficiencies in avoided costs to the urgent and emergency care sector.
The role of Head of Fleet is an essential and critical role to the LAS for ensuring all our vehicle and transport matters for the Trust is meets and exceeds standards needed for our patients and front-line staff. This is an exciting role shape our driver safety technology and drive our Sustainability and Green agenda.
This is an exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of change in one of the UK’s busiest and world class ambulance service.
Candidates are advised that there will be a requirement to deliver a presentation at interview, if invited to interview stage.
We are looking for candidates who;
- are proactive and forward-thinking.
- Has the ability to maintain strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders internally and externally.
- Possess strong negation skills and strong leadership to the department.
- Has the ability to influence strategy and remains committed to the delivery of related activities.
- Has the ability to interpret data to inform service improvement and improve performance.
If this is you, please do apply!
Working for our organisation
You are joining at an exciting time for the Strategic Assets & Property Directorate as there are several transformation programmes delivering new benefits to LAS’ assets. The directorate consisted of Estates, Fleet and Supply & Distribution departments who work together to operate across London. Our Fleet department manages over 1100 vehicles across our fleet with c.90 staff.
This role will be based in our Waterloo HQ (currently remote due to COVID restrictions). With an expectation to travel across Workshops (12) and satellite offices in London (within the M25).
Detailed job description and main responsibilities
- To develop a 10 year Fleet Strategy, which is in accordance with the Trust Strategy, the Mayor’s Strategy for London and any other strategies, interpreting these plans in terms of Fleet, Transport and environmental requirements.
- To develop, prepare and approve annual vehicle replacement programme designed to meet the ever changing clinical requirement of the paramedic profession and other capital projects.
- Investigate market trends for procurement and fleet management and implement work practice/polices with a view to gaining external accreditation of the function and aim for ‘best in class’ services supporting our frontline service delivery to patients
- Liaise with external stakeholders, i.e. ambulance Trust, CCGs, Local Authorities, GLA, regarding joint fleet programmes.
- Lead a safe, efficient, and effective fleet team focussed on patient care and staff satisfaction.
Applicants are advised to read all the information enclosed in the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.
Priority will be given to staff at risk candidates.
We reserve the right to close the application window early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust is a member of the Business Disability Forum and is a Disability Confident Employer.
For more information on our equalities strategy, please visit our website and review our current equalities strategy.
In addition to the basic salary for all Agenda for Change posts, London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in line with the NHS Agenda for Change provides 15% or 20% High Cost Area Supplement (HCAS) dependant on the location of your role. The supplement is subject to minimum and maximum payment.
High Cost Area Supplement (HCAS) for part time employee will be based on the part time salary.
Correspondence regarding an application will be done via email to all job applicants. Please ensure you provide current e-mail address on the job application form and please check your email inbox regularly.
If you are successful at interview and offered employment, your personal details will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.
Pre-employment checks will be required for all applicants who are issued with a conditional offer of employment. This includes Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks as required for the post and registration with the DBS update service. Documents presented for the purpose of Identity Checks will be verified for authenticity via an ID Scanner. The security features to be checked include machine readable zone, ultra violet image and infra-red image.
The London Ambulance Service NHS Trust reserves the right to close adverts before the published closing date due to high volumes of applications received.
If you do not hear back from us within four weeks of the advert closing date, please assume that you have not been successful at the shortlisting stage.
Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge
Qualifications, Accreditations, Education and Experience
- Educated to Masters level (or equivalent experience)
- Post ‘masters’ qualification or equivalent experience demonstrating a significant amount of advanced expert knowledge gained through substantial experience
- Demonstrable evidence of advanced specialist knowledge in the Fleet field gained through short courses
- Expert specialist knowledge relating to fleet strategy and development together with contract management. Demonstrable experience at a senior level in managing estates and facilities
- Demonstrable experience at a senior level in managing an organisational fleet function
- Prince 2 or equivalent
- Significant and demonstrable previous experience, and capability for leading and managing multidisciplinary teams
- Experience of benchmarking to facilitate change and service development
- Evidence of strong commercial awareness and capability to realise opportunities
- Experience of leading significant organisational development projects
- Knowledge/understanding of statutory and local requirements relevant to the Fleet sector
Knowledge and Skills
- Credible communicator at levels, written and verbal together with the ability to work effectively with other LAS colleagues, internal and external clients, external contractors and consultants
- Expert Negotiating and influencing skills particularly in relation to highly complex subject matters (e.g. contracts, service development and change), both orally and in writing.
- Experience of presenting and reporting to executive level colleagues on a range of issues
- Excellent negotiating and influencing skills.
- Ability to deal with changes in workload and stressful work situations.
- Numerate with strong analytical and problem solving skills. Proven ability to interpret highly complex data and high levels of concentration.
- Sound political judgement and astuteness in understanding and working with complex policy, information and diverse interest groups
- Advanced IT skills and the ability to develop new systems to respond to customer needs
- High level of work organisation, self-motivation, drive for performance and continuous improvement
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
- Ability to make a wider corporate contribution to the Trusts strategies and decision making, operating comfortably at most senior levels of the organisation.
Further details / informal visits contact
- Andrew Goodman
- Job title
- Director of Strategic Assets and Property
- Email address