Pictured from left: TECS Operations Manager for NRS Worthing Samantha Taylor; Carrie Anderson, Sue Tivey and Amanda Jupp, of West Sussex County Council; NRS Managing Director National Care David Straughan; NRS Southern Regional Director Neil Thacker; NRS Head of Fleet Alison Owen, and NRS Marketing Executive Mel Townsend

NRS Healthcare has welcomed the first electric delivery van into its fleet where it will be used exclusively in its West Sussex Technology Enabled Care Service contract to help the people in the local community.

Technology Enabled Care covers a range of technological healthcare solutions which can help people live more independently for longer, providing a better quality of life for the individual and peace of mind for family and friends.

The introduction of this electric vehicle, which form part of NRS Healthcare’s fleet of 421 vans across the UK, reflects the commitment by NRS Healthcare to reduce its carbon footprint and complements West Sussex County Council’s pledge in 2019 to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The success of this initial introduction will be closely monitored to see how similar vehicles can operate in other contracts. It represents a significant investment which includes the installation of an electric charging point at the service centre in Worthing and a rescheduling of the standard vehicle routes to allow for recharging when required.

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David Straughan, National Care Managing Director for NRS Healthcare said: “We already have a strong plan which is reducing our carbon footprint year on year, so we are well on the way for our fleet to be carbon neutral within the next few years.

“The introduction of this vehicle is an important step in our plan to reduce our carbon footprint. There will be close monitoring of how the vehicle works in our Technology Enabled Care Service to see how they may work in our other contracts across the country.

“We are looking forward to hearing from our drivers their experience of using the van, as well as feedback from the commissioners of our service, the prescribers we work with and the people of West Sussex.”

NRS Healthcare recently held a small event unveiling the new vehicle with Amanda Jupp, Cabinet Member for Adults’ Services, West Sussex County Council and Service Commissioners – Carrie Anderson and Sue Tivey from West Sussex County Council.

Amanda Jupp said at the unveiling: “It’s great to see that NRS Healthcare has selected the West Sussex Technology Enabled Care Service to introduce their first electric vehicle. I’m pleased that we are able to help people to live independently, alongside a provider with green credentials. I am looking forward to hearing everyone’s feedback.”

In July, NRS Healthcare stated that in the first year of its contract with the West Sussex County Council it worked at improving outcomes for over 3,000 people in West Sussex including helping people to be discharged from hospital more quickly, helping people to maintain independence and stay in their own homes or continue to get out and about.

When awarding the contract, West Sussex County Council (WSCC) and the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had stated that it had been looking for an innovation and development partner who would help realise all the benefits they were looking for from a progressive technology enabled care service.

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