The 2015 NHS Sustainability Day Campaign kick-started At NHS Employers, Leeds

The Horizons Conference centre, established recently by NHS Employers, was the perfect place to welcome NHS Professionals from across the region. Delegates from Hull, Manchester, North Yorkshire and Leeds were on hand to hear from a range of speakers.

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The day kick-started with an introduction to the campaign by Scott Buckler, Campaign Manager. Next up was Rick Walker, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at NHS England. Rick addressed the current staff engagement within NHS England and the areas to address such as staff transport.

Throughout the morning delegates were treated to a range of speakers including Steven Weeks, Policy Manager at NHS Employers who addressed the importance of staff behaviour in increasing sustainable development across the NHS. This was mirrored by Claire Igoe who showcased the work he team had carried out at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Claire spoke with great passion about the initiative and how it had captured the attention of staff and increased sustainability whilst helping with financial efficiency.

Thanks for yesterday at Leeds – I found it really enjoyable and am looking forward to the next event.

– Ian Stenton, Head of Sustainability, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust

The mid-morning session focused on the role of industry partnerships for sustainability. One such key area within the recent NHS Estates statistics was Food procurement and cost. On hand to address this issue was Dr Tim Finnigan of Quorn who gave an insightful presentation into the true cost of meat production on our health and that of the world. Tim was joined by Jeannette Hinds who spoke of Carillion’s successful staff leadership programmes and how supporting from the top and bottom can ensure improved services.

Sian McCart was also on hand to deliver an insightful look into water management and the ADSM programme to support NHS Trusts with their water consumption. Following a sustainable lunch, which included a wide range of tasty meat free options from Quorn, delegates were treated to an interactive presentation from Emma Wood of PHS. The presentation, entitled Technology vs Behaviour Change, examined both aspects of increasing sustainability within the NHS. Tables were split into groups and requested to discuss their thoughts on the two aspects. The session provided many thought provoking opinions on the true barriers to sustainable improvement.

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The day concluded with two further presentations from Yorkshire Ambulance Service and Vegware. Alexis Keech has been with the YAS for many years and overseen huge sustainability development leading to great financial and carbon reduction success. Lucy Frankel was on hand to highlight the true cost of waste and recycling to the NHS with a passionate and insightful examination.

The day at Leeds was very good overall, thank you for organising. I especially liked the presentation from Manchester on how they’ve engaged their staff in behaviour change.

– Chris Watt, Head of Communications, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

It was a great event at Leeds.  Good content and well organised.  Well done!

– Rod Fountain, CEO, Flute Office

The Roadshow now moves to Liverpool on the 13th November, where the topic will be food and community healthcare.

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