The Trust’s energy and sustainability team collected the NHS Sustainability Award for clinical sustainability at an official ceremony last week, held at Marriott Hotel Regents Park, London.
The NHS Sustainability Awards celebrates and encourages action to further healthcare efficiency and create a more sustainable future for the NHS. The awards recognise innovation, imagination and clear ambitions for projects.
Christelle Zemkoho, energy and sustainability manager at UHS, said: “The award is recognition of the Trust’s efforts - not only to reduce its impact on the environment but also an acknowledgement that sustainability initiatives can support operational efficiency. These savings can be used in patient care.”
Nominations for the clinical category must have undertaken a project that demonstrates clinical value through financial saving, workforce efficiency or reduced carbon.
In particular, UHS was highly commended on their efforts as part of the Green Ward project which associated changes in clinical care with traditional green project ideas.
The Green Ward project saw competing departments from across the Trust identify opportunities to improve, battling to win a £500 investment for their area. Teams included urology, therapies, the acute medical unit and critical intensive care.
The projects ran from six to eight weeks, with progress monitored and used to calculate annual successes. The results indicated cumulative yearly savings of £95,495 and carbon footprint reductions of 25,775.75kg CO2e.
“I would like to praise our various participating teams for their dedication and team efforts in implementing and following their projects alongside their everyday roles,” said Christelle.
She added: “Going forward, we hope that the award will encourage all staff, clinical and non-clinical, to engage more with waste minimisation, water and energy reduction and initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint on the environment.”
The Green Ward project will return to Southampton later this year, with the team hoping to engage more departments from across the Trust.
The awards are part of the NHS Sustainability Day Campaign which also includes the national day of action that is held each year.
Posted on Tuesday 29 May 2018