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We are committed to integrating sustainable development into our core business and ensuring our use of resources is efficient.

We recognise that, as a healthcare provider that promotes wellbeing, we have a responsibility to maximise our contribution to creating social value and ensure that our use of resources is efficient thus maximising the funds available for patient care.

Our pledge

As a large organisation, we acknowledge the impact we have on the local economy, society and environment and are therefore committed to continually work to actively integrate sustainable development into our core business.

Read our Sustainable Development Management Plan 2015-2020

Recycling and waste

The Trust produces a high volume of waste each year but is taking steps to decrease this. Recycling bins can be found across the whole Trust and enable patients, visitors and staff to recycle plastic bottles, tins, cans, paper, magazines, cardboard and tetrapack cartons.

We currently recycle about 25% of our non-clinical waste. There is a programme in place to increase this and our Sustainability Team volunteers help and encourage colleagues to recycle more.

In addition to this the Trust recycles items such as batteries, fluorescent light tubes and garden waste.

Energy

We have taken a number of steps to reduce and better manage our energy consumption:

  • installing LED lighting
  • installing speed drives for pumps and motors
  • improving insulation for steam and heating pipework
  • improving the building management system for controlling air conditioning systems
  • establishing and installing Combined Heat and Power Plants at both hospital sites.

Transport

Sustainable travel includes options like walking, cycling, using the bus and train, or car sharing.

We know that there are lots of benefits from using more active, greener forms of travel and that making a few simple changes can help us to:

  • Get healthier
  • Save money
  • Make our streets safer
  • Improve the air quality in our cities
  • Contribute to a better, healthier place to live, work and relax.
  • Support economic growth through sustainable travel

Find out more from local website thinktravel which has route planners and information about transport options in the county.

The 99 Bus Service

We encourage our staff to leave their cars at home, to use public transport, to cycle and to keep active by walking more.

Working in partnership with Pulham's Coaches, we provide a shuttle bus which connects the two hospital sites, stops in Cheltenham town centre, Gloucester city centre and at the Arle Court Park and Ride facility.

Used by many of our staff, it is also available to the public and makes a valuable contribution to reducing the county's carbon emissions. The bus is free to staff travelling to work from the town/city centres and between the hospitals and there is a small charge for those getting on at Arle Court.

Other initiatives to reduce travel

These include:

  • a new e-travel claims system which enables us to monitor more closely the amount of business travel which is undertaken by staff
  • cycle to work schemes with subsidised cycle purchase, secure parking for cycles and motor cycles, and shower and changing facilities
  • fleet and lease car review
  • car sharing for staff
  • rationalisation of deliveries to site
  • reducing travel associated with meetings through greater use of conference calls and video links
  • e-Learning to reduce travel to internal and external training sessions
  • our mobile chemotherapy unit, which takes this important service to our patients to save them making long journeys to receive treatment
  • working with our commissioners and partners to explore opportunities for telemedicine initiatives.

Purchasing goods and services

Our sustainable procurement includes elements such as buying food from local producers and ensuring materials come from sustainable sources (e.g. wood from Forest Stewardship Council certified suppliers). This contributes to our Trust’s responsibilities for environment and sustainability.

Sustainable procurement strategy

Our Trust aims to embed sustainability principles in the procurement process so that they become an integral part of all relevant contracts, at pre-tender, tender and post-contract award stages (including monitoring and evaluation), through to the end of the life of the contract and including any disposal of equipment. Read the strategy.

Other procurement initiatives

  • members of our procurement team are actively involved in a number of national sustainable procurement initiatives
  • using local services and suppliers where possible
  • our central stores and catering hub have meant fewer journeys and deliveries to our sites and fewer food and delivery miles
  • waste reduction through minimising packaging and re-using delivery containers
  • training procurement staff in whole-life costing approaches
  • raising awareness of environmental impact and carbon reduction factors in procurement evaluation, business planning and impact assessment processes.

Sustainable print guide

The sustainability team have published a sustainable print guide (authored by Steven Skett in Medical Physics) which aims to guide staff and also to save the Trust money at a time when we are all looking at ways to contribute to savings.

The Sustainability Team

In 2015 we established a Sustainability Team comprising volunteers from across the Trust. The Board wanted to ensure that volunteers for the team were supported by their managers and that they were able to make a difference in their areas and to our trust as a whole. We are promoting a culture of innovation in this area so each quarter members of the team are released from their 'day jobs' for a meeting with other champions in order to really be able to make their voices heard.

For information about Waste, please go to the waste pages of the intranet.

Sustainability resources

Posters

We have produced some posters that you may want to download or print out and use in your ward or department. Click on the image or on the title underneath to open the image. If there is something additional and/ or specific you require please contact us: ghn-tr.sustainabilityteam@nhs.net

Sustainability champions

Passionate about recycling? Environment ambassador? Worried about waste? We need you!

Our Environmental Team are looking to recruit staff with an interest in the environment to help us to give sustainability a louder voice in our Trust.

  • You can help to educate, inform and spread knowledge in your ward or department. We are looking for people who can spend up to 30 minutes a week, depending on where they are.
  • As this new initiative has been approved by our Board, your manager will ensure you are supported in this role, demonstrated by the fact that new initiatives have come from many levels in the organisation. It doesn’t have to be just one person on each ward either, the role can be shared with two or more members of staff.
  • We want to promote a culture of innovation in this area so we want to listen to you! Every quarter you will also be released from your job for a meeting with other champions, you’ll receive newsletters and emails and really be able to make your voice heard.

Interested? Please email: ghn-tr.comms@nhs.net who will pass your emails to the environmental team.

Please support this initiative – it does make a difference!

Sustainability quiz

Why not take the Sustainability Quiz in your department and see how much you know!

Thanks to Sustainability Team member Emma Stevenson for devising the quiz.

How did you do? - answers here

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