NHS Sustainability Day Waste Webinar


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SRCL’s Senior Environmental Manager David Williams discusses the future of healthcare waste management. With the role of healthcare regulations and guidance changing, healthcare waste management specialists such as SRCL have an important role to play in bridging any gaps.

This Webinar will not only give you an overview of what the future of healthcare waste management brings, but will also discuss: Future technologies, industry best practice, dealing with the challenging waste streams such as offensive waste, and how your healthcare organisation can achieve sustainable results.

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NHS Sustainability Day Waste Webinar

  1. 1. David Williams, Senior Environmental Manager, SRCL
  2. 2. Why does it matter? • Why is the future of healthcare waste so important? - Produced by all... AND - Matters to all ...
  3. 3. Changing landscapes • Delivery of healthcare is changing • Not just secondary care • More community-led primary care • Improved out-of-hours care to reduce preventable attendance • Removing barriers between health and social care • Integrated care is needed • Activity is up significantly in all areas
  4. 4. Recycled cardboard boxes
  5. 5. Reusable sharps containers
  6. 6. Flock as an alternative fuel source
  7. 7. Flock as an alternative fuel source = 60,000 tonnes flock 245,900 barrels of oil prevented from being used
  8. 8. Regulators • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the main independent regulator of all health and social care services in England. • CQC inspection covers all healthcare activities including waste. • Examples of where poor waste handling could affect an outcome during the CQC audit are: - Outcome 10: Safety and suitability of premises - Outcome 14: Supporting workers
  9. 9. Changes to CQC inspections • The CQC is making radical changes to the way they inspect and regulate health and social care services to make sure they provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, and to encourage them to make improvements • “Experts by Experience” • Introducing “national teams” in NHS hospitals
  10. 10. Cutting regulation: One-in, two-out The ‘Seventh statement of new regulation’ (January to June 2014) sets out the: • Incoming regulation that the government intends to implement over the next 6 months • Our performance under one-in, two-out up to the end of 2013 From 1 January 2014 to 30 June 2014 the government intends to bring in 73 measures (16 regulatory, 27 deregulatory and 30 zero net cost). The net cumulative saving to business from 1 January 2011 to 31 December 2013 is currently around £1.2 billion.
  11. 11. Cutting Red Tape
  12. 12. Vastly reduced guidance • 380 pages of waste management rules dropped • The Government’s Red Tape Challenge: 80,000 pages of environmental guidance slashed by March 2015
  13. 13. DEFRA • DEFRA’s reform on waste management guidance “The government and its regulators are simplifying all environmental guidance to make it quicker to understand and easier to use. Environmental rules are not being changed – the idea is to explain the law and policy more clearly.”
  14. 14. EA Job Cuts • 1700 job losses in the next 12 months • Follows on from 36% real terms budget reduction from 2010 for DEFRA
  15. 15. What is the industry doing • The emergence of more specific, practical tools by industry leaders and stakeholders. • They are bridging the gap
  16. 16. Work smarter • Work smarter, not harder to manage your waste • Segregation – Don’t over complicate it - It still has to be practical • Internal audit works • Buy-in is required at ward level, not just board level and vice versa
  17. 17. Delivering it all • Healthcare activity will continue to increase, but control will increasingly be transferred to the primary/community care sector, with new providers entering the marketplace • Waste management needs will become more complex as a result, but services will have to be compliant, commercially and environmentally sustainable. • Government will reduce regulatory guidance and support, but will still expect compliance. • The industry is adapting to meet these needs with a range of measures.
  18. 18. Join us