DriverNet Partners with the NHS to fight Covid-19

DriverNet partners with NHS to increase vaccine uptake through the use of its smart transport technology.

DriverNet is working with NHS Trusts and community transport operators, to co-ordinate free door-to-door minibus services to help hard to reach patients get to vaccination centres. The service provides disadvantaged and hesitant patients with safe minibus services collecting them from their homes in wheelchair accessible vehicles.

This can all be achieved in 3 easy steps:

  1. Swift – Patients or their carers can call or text the NHS hotline and provide their details;
  2. Shared – The DriverNet tech platform automates planning of group transport, and provides callbacks or SMS advising pick up dates and times to patients;
  3. Smart – Transport partners use the DriverNet app to coordinate door to door journeys on the day, with real time tracking alerts for riders via SMS.

Summary – The free service is available to all adults (16+) for either dose, and uses central government funding for CCGs to vaccinate hard to reach patients. DriverNet’s technology platform enabled NHS and transport partners to set up and launch operations in three days.

The Outcome

  1. Salient – Provides better and fairer access to the NHS for those where transport is a barrier;
  2. Sustainable – Promotes group transport to appointments and helps the NHS reach Net Zero targets reducing the (pre-Covid-19) 6.7 billion road miles per year associated with appointments, whilst increasing vaccine uptake;
  3. Safe – Generates revenues for trusted local transport operators to provide transport for NHS Trusts
  4. Seamless – Paves the way for the launch of our new DRT local hub marketplace (project funded by ESA, LCR, and Merseytravel to assist the NHS in Covid-19 recovery).

The partnership has been launched with St Helens CCG directorship and Halton Community Transport. If you are a CCG, local authority, transport provider or someone you know would be interested in hearing more about the service, for either 1st or 2nd jabs or also for booster logistics in the autumn, get in touch.