Devon Freewheelers approved to deliver Ofqual regulated qualifications

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Devon Freewheelers are delighted to announce that the charity has achieved regulated trainer status with the UK's leading Awarding Organisation Qualsafe.


The charity has been working tirelessly over the last number of months to satisfy all the requirements needed to become approved by Qualsafe Awards, an Awarding Organisation recognised by OfQual to offer regulated Qualifications

Recently, a former senior Operations Manager for several NHS Ambulance Trusts and Private Ambulance Companies, registered Paramedic Melvyn Baldock has joined Devon Freewheelers as their Clinical Lead and Chief Instructor, who is spearheading this massive development and investment to the training of the volunteers and staff at Devon Freewheelers. 

The new OfQual Regulated Qualifications suite is being added over time and is on offer not only to the blood bikers and transplant drivers at the charity, but also every other emergency organisation who have a driver or clinical training need.  Chief Executive Officer, Daniel Roe-Lavery has said "this is a truly significant milestone for DFW and it has been a very difficult journey thus far, there have been lots of changes made to get to this point.  The most important aspect of which is the free training we can now offer our volunteers, which at the end of it all allows them to achieve a nationally recognised and regulated qualification.  It represents true investment in our volunteers and staff, an objective the trustees and I have been keen to achieve as quick as we could."

This new development within the charity goes hand in hand with their recent ISO 9001 : 2015 certification in the scope and practice of 'transporting blood products for transfusion and human organs for the purposes of transplant'; the first blood bike organisation in the country to achieve nationally recognised Quality Standards which are rigorously and independently audited every twelve months.  

Clinical Lead Paramedic Melvyn Baldock says "we're in very exciting times at the moment for the Devon Freewheelers and other NHS service providers who have been looking at the independent market and have confirmed that they are going to utilise our training suites".  The charity has taken massive leaps of faith over the last twelve months and invited several regulatory bodies through their front door and the results have been astonishing.  News of this will be released when we can.

Daniel Roe-Lavery says "I'd like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who's worked so hard for this, and also to welcome Melvyn to the family.  He's donated his time and expertise, travelled the country, and introduced us to the right people to get the result we needed.  We have spent the last 12 months looking at every aspect of what we do now, and what we can do in the future; and there are some really positive developments ahead which we will be announcing soon, and it's success is a credit to everyone here at Devon Freewheelers.

I would also like to add that our developments are not only for us here at Devon Freewheelers, but can also have a real positive impact on other blood bike charities as well as any other emergency responders from other agencies.  We're in a rather unique position to be able to help and assist them too.  I extend an offer to all voluntary and charitable organisations, whoever they are and whatever it is they are trying to do, to serve the public.  If you are struggling to access regulated qualifications please get in touch with Melvyn and we will do what we can to help.  We are all in the same boat and we will make a far bigger impact in serving and protecting our community by working together."

To contact Melvyn please email your enquiry to: melvyn.baldock@devonfreewheelers.org.uk

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