LEEDS, UK, 16/5/19— 7th Sustainability Awards recognize achievements of NHS to improve environmental impacts. Hosted in Leeds on May 16th, awards celebrated efforts of over twenty-five Trusts, Hospitals and Organisations. Sandwell & West Birmingham scooped overall award for work on improving transport links in local area. Doctor Frank Swinton recognized for his work to drive down plastic consumption within the anesthesia department at Airedale NHS Trust. Bradford District Care Foundation were recognized for their innovative podiatry scheme which offers service users an option to purchase additional pairs of orthotics which provides income generation to the Podiatry Department.

The 7th annual NHS Sustainability Awards took place in Leeds on May 16th. The awards come on the back off the recent decision by the Houses of Parliament to call a climate emergency. As the largest public sector emitter of carbon emissions, the health system has a duty to respond to meet current targets which are entrenched in law.  Contributing to the Climate Change Act target with a 34% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 is a key measure of the NHS ambition across the country. However, recent capital investment freezes and lack of funding has made reaching these targets impossible. Something that was not ignored at this year’s awards

Editors Notes

– A full list of winners from the awards can be found at

Awards 2019 Press Release

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