National recognition for sustainability
The Trust’s Energy and Environmental Team has been commended by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) for their excellence in sustainability reporting, being placed joint 4th out of 472 organisations.
The SDU has worked with the Department of Health and NHS Improvement to ensure that there is a consistent mandate across all health sector organisations to report on sustainability with the expectation to meet the criteria published by the SDU.
Each year the SDU review all Trust and Commissioner published annual reports to evaluate the sustainability sections and identify the leading practice in transparency in reporting progress across social, economic and environmental sustainability.
In recognition of the Trust’s sustainability reporting the Energy and Environmental Team has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence on behalf of the SDU, NHS Improvement and the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).
Lynn Richards, Energy & Environmental Manager and Sustainability Advisor at the Trust, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this certificate from the SDU. Having external recognition for our efforts and achievements over the last year is really rewarding. Not only does it encourage us to continue working hard to deliver environmental improvements, it also helps us to ensure that the Trust remains committed to providing sustainable healthcare.”
The awarding of the certificate coincides with the launch of the new Sustainable Health and Care Campaign, a programme of events, awareness and awards to increase engagement with sustainable development across the health and care sector, as well as Sustainable Health and Care Week the week beginning 25 June. The programme is delivered by NHS Employers and backed by all the major national health care agencies www.sustainablehealthandcare.org