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NHS Trusts and healthcare organisations from across England descended on the capital to witness the official launch of NHS Sustainability Day 2014. It was a day of passionate presentations and even more enthusiastic speakers.
The day kick-started with an introduction and welcome from Trevor Payne, Director of Estates and Facilities at Barts Health and the brainchild of the NHS Sustainability for the last three years. Following on from Trevor delegates were treated to presentations from Rick Walker, CSR Senior Manager, NHS England, who spoke about the corporate social responsibility NHS England has to support sustainable healthcare. Following Rick, the audience were then invited to listen to the 2013 award winners which included Lambeth Food Co-Op. Lambeth were on hand to give an inspiring presentation on how they have developed a programme which has built great momentum and involved volunteers from across the Borough. They joined Ed Rosen to discuss what the food Co-Op meant to them and how it had influenced their lives.
Presentations followed from 2013 NHS Sustainability award winners Lancashire Care Trust who delivered a compelling case study on how their community sustainability programme had supported patients and those with mental health issues and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust on a commonly missed issue – Anaesthesia related electrical energy use and anaesthetic gas scavenging.
Following another exciting case study from Hyder Mohammed of Barking, Havering and Redbridge NHS Trust the audience were delighted to welcome Andy Jones, National Chairman of the HCA. Andy discussed the urgent need to re-address the way we source our food and how it is packaged in Hospitals. Making some bold pledges, Andy, spoke at great lengths on why we must change our behavioural culture in order to improve our sustainable performance.
Next up saw Carillion present on their work with Barts Health. Gemma Lynch and Tracey Williams spoke on how Carillion have supported Barts Health in both environmental performance and community programmes. Tracey informed delegates on the offender programme which has been so successful in getting ex-offenders back into employment and showcased how sustainability is not just about the environment.
The day concluded with Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Professor David Walker. David was on hand to discuss how the Department of Health are focusing on sustainability in healthcare and the examples they are seeing from across Europe of good practice.
It was left to Trevor to close the event with the presentation of the 2013 awards. Trevor presented Trusts and healthcare organisations from across England with their well-deserved awards for continuous development of sustainable practices.