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1st for energy efficiency in HSJ awards
24 September 2015

SCT won the Energy Efficiency prize at the 2015 Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards, held on 22 September at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London for its Care Without Carbon programme.

SCT is working in partnership with Capita (provider of business process management and support service solutions) to deliver our strategy for sustainable healthcare, Care Without Carbon, encouraging behaviour change across the trust. The strategy helps provide a way to improve the wellbeing of staff and patients, reduce waste and emissions and save money.

In February 2014 we set out plans to achieve a 34% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2020, with the ultimate the aim of being a carbon neutral healthcare provider. We've already achieved a 15% reduction, despite working harder than ever.

The 2105 HSJ Value in Healthcare awards had a record-breaking year for entries with more organisations than ever before demonstrating that they are striving to improve value and efficiency in healthcare. From 532 entries, 140 organisations were shortlisted and 21 organisations have been judged to be leading the way.

Susie Vernon, SCT’s Head of Environment (photo 2nd left) , who collected the award said: “This is a great recognition and celebration for all the organisations making steps to improve efficiency and value, in both back office functions and clinical initiatives. The Care Without Carbon team is delighted at this win which is judged by peers.”

Will Clark, SCT’s Director Energy and Environment (photo left), explained: “These awards are the latest to be won by SCT (see notes) and represent real progress on meeting challenging targets to reduce CO2 emissions and cut down waste. SCT is the first trust to apply the Care Without Carbon programme and we are now helping to get other trusts get involved.”

Our Care Without Carbon, the strategy is based around a unique seven step approach that addresses buildings, journeys, procurement, culture, wellbeing, resilience and governance that will embed sustainability into its core operations.

The strategy won the Sustainability Achievement Award at the annual Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) Awards in 2014 and the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Corporate Citizenship Award in 2011. It also won three awards at the NHS Sustainability Awards 2015 in three categories, Human Resources, Clinical and Behaviour Change.

More information on Care Without Carbon can be found at www.carewithoutcarbon.org.