Winner Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Good Corporate Citizen

Holistic and happening was how the judges described good corporate citizenship atNottingham, a trust where the chief executive chaired the environment group and has sustainability as one of his five key priorities.

The panel appreciated that the trust has a real understanding of how their behaviour can impact on the local community economy with positive health implications. Good corporate citizenship appears to be embedded across the organisation and produces hard-edged outcomes.

Recent projects supporting this approach include a bus service that connects the two hospital sites and takes 400,000 staff car journeys off the road. The trust considers this to be a socially responsible innovation that reduces CO2 emissions and benefits health by reducing pollutants.

The trust is also working with a medical waste company to develop a plant in the city that, using alternative treatment technologies, will recycle 90 per cent of its clinical waste into rigid sheet material for the construction industry. Approximately 50,000 miles of road journeys a year will be cut with the subsequent reductions to waste transportation. To encourage cycling and waking wherever possible new showers and cycle lockers have been added.

The catering team sources all of the hospitals milk from a producer just eleven miles down the road, while meat is supplied from a company in nearbyMansfield. Menus are changed to reflect the availability of seasonal vegetables.CoffeeCity, the trusts own not-for-profit community social enterprise chain of cafes using Fair Trade coffee and local suppliers, expects to be operating from more than a dozen sites by the end of the year.

The judges sensed an energy and passion for good corporate citizenship, reaping the rewards of the effort put in, and an ambition to do more - the kind of success on which the rest of NHS could and should set its sights.

Josephine Tomlinson - Travel and Security Manager LSMS - Josephine.tomlinson@nuh.nhs.uk

Highly CommendedStockportNHS Foundation Trust

Corporate Citizenship Programme

Stockportwas one of the country’s first foundation trusts and adopted the principles of good corporate citizenship within a strategic approach to make membership meaningful. Funding from the Regional Development Agency has supported the ambitions of the trust to achieve exemplar status.

To embed this plan and develop a baseline from which to chart its progress the trust used the SDC self-assessment tool, a step that also helped establish a vigorous governance model and ensure the project complemented existing or planned activity. The executive director for modernisation champions a framework of values and priorities that involves key members of the trusts management.

The recently completed build of a new cardiology and surgical unit figured prominently in the action plan activities. Approximately 63 per cent of the total£16.22m building budget was awarded to contractors and suppliers from within theNorth West. Ten apprentices were trained on the scheme, the building was used by the fire service for training and nine schools participated in the creation of health-related, public art.

Stockport’s work was commended by the judges for its textbook approach to good citizenship. Their use of the SDC/NHS Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment Model to benchmark performance across procurement, facilities management and community engagement attracted special praise.

Darren Hurrell, Director of Modernisation - darren.hurrell@stockport.nhs.uk

St. Georges Healthcare NHS Trust

Think Green

With a focus on sustainability and a reduction of the organisational carbon footprint, Think Green was established as an awareness raising and behaviour changing campaign to achieve trust-wide good corporate citizenship status.

A multidisciplinary team has led on technical, operational and cultural aspects of the trusts work. Its achievements include a mixed waste recycling scheme set up with the local council, more than 140 Green Champions spreading the message across the organisation, a Green Travel Plan with car share and an active cycling programme and recycling in furniture, medical and IT equipment.

Hugh Gostling - Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities, St. Georges Healthcare NHS Trust

Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust

Good Food on the Public Plate

Fresh locally purchased and seasonal food - organic where possible – has helped introduce a healthier menu at hospitals, care homes and schools across the South East of England. Numbers and distances of deliveries have also been reduced.

The partnership between the trust and Sustain, the alliance for better food and farming, has also helped create and maintain local business and employment opportunities. Recognition of Good Food on The Public Plate by the National Association of Care Catering has led to the development of a countrywide NACC Sustainability Catering Project.

Mike Duckett Catering Services Manager m.duckett@rbht.nhs.uk

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Rosie Energy Awareness Campaign


The
RosieHospital, which provides services for women’s health at Addenbrooke’s challenged staff to come up with ways to save energy or time. The Rosie Energy Awareness programme grew from the ideas that came forward.

Energy used by medical equipment has been monitored. An ultrasound machine can run for 60 minutes on the energy saved by switching off 12 lights for an hour. Savings of£19,000 and reductions of 48 tonnes of carbon are predicted for this year. Combining individually small and simple energy saving measures has a large impact.

Ciara Moore, Service Improvement Facilitator, ciara.moore@addenbrookes.nhs.uk

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Whole Trust Approach to Corporate Citizenship

Gloucester’s Corporate Citizenship Committee was set up to make a positive social, economic and environmental impact in its communities, to help reduce health inequalities and to contribute to sustainable development.

Priority areas - transport, procurement, facilities management, employment, community engagement and new buildings – have an identified committee lead, many at director level, who encourages debate and policy development.

Areas of progress include the introduction of monthly energy and utility reporting facilities in building management systems and an updating of the trust’s Design and Construction Requirements (TD&CR) to reflect energy efficiency, sustainability and waste reduction.

Alison Short, Communications Officer, alison.short@glos.nhs.uk