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Highly Commended at NHS Sustainability Awards
03 May 2016

Transforming Travel in the NHS – Highly Commended at NHS Sustainability Awards

We were  ‘Highly Commended’ at the NHS Sustainability Awards for the category Transport and Travel on Wednesday 27th April.

Will Clark, SCFT, Director of Environmental Services, said “We have worked hard to transform the way staff travel across the trust, recognising that as a community trust travel is an essential aspect of our work. This award is so special because it is decided by our peers in the sector, who appreciate the unique challenges the NHS faces in delivering more sustainable healthcare. We are delighted that Care Without Carbon is already making a noticeable difference and to be ‘Highly Commended’ at the awards marks that success. We’re looking forward to building on this progress to meet our challenging 2020 targets.”

Our Travel Transformation Programme, developed with Capita's sustainability team, addresses the cost and carbon associated with the trust’s six million annual business miles. Starting with the creation of a business travel plan to inform and encourage staff at all levels, the team created a portfolio of initiatives to enable staff to travel less, or travel smarter, whilst maintaining full operational and clinical activity.

As a result of the Travel Transformation Programme so far, the trust has reduced its staff travel (grey fleet mileage) by 16.7% in one year - almost one million miles (949,500). The reduction of staff travel has generated savings in the region of £500,000 in clinical and operational services across the organisation. With the low emission vehicles funded from cost saving initiatives within the fleet and transport’s own operation, these savings have been realised in full and redirected into patient care.

The Travel Transformation Programme is just one of many initiatives that we have implemented as part of Care Without Carbon – our sustainable development management plan. Since its inception the trust has saved over £3.5m and reduced its carbon footprint by 18%. It also works with partnership organisations across the UK to share knowledge and experience to create a more sustainable NHS for all.

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