During the past 5 months, E-zec has been engaged in the procurement process for the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service for Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Bath and North East Somerset. Following this process, E-zec has been awarded the contract to provide the service for an initial 7 year period, with the option to extend for an additional 3 years.
The service is one of the biggest of its kind, covering an area between the Dorset/Wilshire boarder to the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire boarder, conveying an average of 700 journeys per day, and utilising over 100 vehicles and 250 staff.
This contract award will see E-zec as the only private provider to operate NHS contracts over such a vast area in the UK, with this service adjoining our Dorset, Somerset, Bristol and Hereford contracts, along with adding synergies to our Cornwall and Plymouth operations. This contract is an extremely good fit to further support the region, securing the gap between current contracts, and contributing to our growth and expansion plans.
Paul Swann commented:
This is a fantastic win for E-zec and highlights the growth the business has made in recent years. E-zec used to operate the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath up to 2013, when the contract joined the wider region of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Swindon, Bath and North East Somerset. Due to E-zec’s size and other commitments we did not submit a bid and subsequently lost the Bath element of the contract, which we had successfully operated for 5 years.
My team (including myself) are looking forward to working with both the commissioners, and the existing workforce when they transfer to us on the 1st June 2019. We have already prepared for this service, building resilience in the area, and promoting a senior manager from within the business to support the entire South West region.
This year sees E-zec’s 20th birthday. Having driven the company in this direction, and with it now being the largest private provider of NEPTS, is a great achievement for us all.