18 January 2021

  • 10 New Defenders lent to NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Castle Bromwich Experience Centre to be converted into NHS vaccination research hub
  • Jaguar Land Rover's Centre for Wellbeing at Solihull now offers rehabilitation to support employees with 'long Covid' return to work
  • New help follows production of face visors for frontline NHS staff; deployment more than 360 vehicles to partners including the British Red Cross and £30k in employee donations

18 January 2021, Whitley, UK – Jaguar Land Rover is continuing to support the fight against coronavirus by lending a fleet of New Defenders to GPs, piloting two NHS trials and introducing a rehabilitation programme to help employees suffering ‘long Covid’ return to work.

Jaguar Land Rover has also teamed up with NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to lend 10 New Defenders to healthcare organisations across Birmingham and Solihull as vaccinations begin.

The vehicles were delivered over Christmas to University Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and general practices throughout the area. Healthcare staff are using them as they vaccinate care home residents and deliver vital equipment.

Working in partnership is extremely important to the NHS and the support and generosity of Jaguar Land Rover will assist with the smooth rollout of the vaccination programme across the patch. The vaccine rollout will be one of the greatest challenges the NHS has ever faced, but with the support of our partners we will achieve the goal of returning to a normal way of life.

Paul Jennings
Chief Executive Officer, NHS Birmingham and Solihull

Pilot Schemes

The Castle Bromwich Experience Centre will be converted into a Covid-19 vaccination research hub, hosting follow-up appointments for volunteers who received initial injections at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The NHS and Clinical Research Network West Midlands continue to trial new vaccines as well as the three already approved for use in the UK, making these research centres vital while the existing vaccines are given.

Alongside this, to ensure a Covid-19-safe workplace, Jaguar Land Rover is taking part in a pilot scheme to support rapid Covid-19 testing across all its UK sites.

Long-Covid Rehabilitation Programme

The Centre for Wellbeing at Jaguar Land Rover Solihull is also introducing a rehabilitation programme for employees suffering from ‘long Covid’, focusing on lung capacity, neck mobility and energy levels. The Centre has been adapted with dedicated space for Pilates classes, a weights area, treadmills and rowing machines. With several employees participating in trials, Jaguar Land Rover plans to extend the service to sites across the UK. Rehabilitation will be tailored to the needs of employees at each facility, from research to design and engineering to manufacturing.

The occupational health team recognised my long Covid symptoms and referred me to the Wellbeing Centre at Solihull. I instantly started to notice the difference as the sessions were individually tailored and allowed specific muscles to be targeted. It is now 10 months post Covid-19 and I am starting to feel much better and stronger, which is testament to the rehabilitation programme and occupational health team.

Sav Sehmi
Supplier Technical Assistance Programme Engineer

We are committed to supporting the communities in and around our facilities as the country continues to fight against Covid-19– whether that’s helping with vaccination research or those who are suffering because of the virus. The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remain of utmost importance. We are proud to continue to work with the NHS, Public Health England and the Department of Health to help people throughout the region to bounce back from this global pandemic.

Steve Iley
Chief Medical Officer

The initiatives are the latest in a sustained response to the global pandemic made by the manufacturer. In April, employees at Jaguar Land Rover’s Solihull and Castle Bromwich facilities raised nearly £30,000 to support local charities through the crisis, while the manufacturer also produced face visors for frontline NHS staff, and deployed more than 360 vehicles worldwide through organisations such the British Red Cross.

Further information

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Notes to Editors

Jaguar Land Rover is the UK’s largest automotive manufacturer, built around two iconic British car brands: Land Rover, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium all-wheel-drive vehicles; and Jaguar, one of the world’s premier luxury sports saloon and sports car marques.

At Jaguar Land Rover, we are driven by a desire to deliver class-leading vehicles, which will provide experiences our customers will love, for life. Our products are in demand around the globe. In 2019 Jaguar Land Rover sold 557,706 vehicles in 127 countries.

We support around 260,000 people through our retailer network, suppliers and local businesses. At heart we are a British company, with two major design and engineering sites, three vehicle manufacturing facilities, an Engine Manufacturing Centre and soon to be opened Battery Assembly Centre. We also have vehicle plants in China, Brazil, India, Austria and Slovakia. We have seven technology hubs. In the UK these are based in Manchester, Warwick (NAIC) and London. Globally these are located in Shannon, Ireland, Portland, USA, Budapest, Hungary and Changshu, China.

We have a portfolio of electrified products across our model range, embracing fully electric, plug-in hybrid and mild hybrid vehicles as well as continuing to offer the latest diesel and petrol engines. All new Jaguar and Land Rover vehicle models offer the option of electrification, giving our customers even more choice.