Waste Stories 28/5/2018


The Healthcare Waste and Resources Research Group

1. Open future opportunity for the supply of clinical waste containers (NHS Supply chain)

Clinical Waste Containers covers the disposal of all sharps and non-sharp medical waste. This includes polypropylene based containers, board-based and swab holders. Precise quantities are unknown. It is anticipated that initial expenditure will be in the region of GBP 15 500 000 to GBP 15 800 000 in the first year of this framework agreement, however this is approximate only and the values may vary depending on the requirements of those bodies purchasing under the framework agreement.

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2. Nominations Open for the 2019 Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise business performance in the UK. They acknowledge and reward outstanding achievement by companies from across the country.

Awards can be won under any of the following categories:

  • Innovation – recognising companies that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative products or services
  • International Trade – recognising companies that have demonstrated growth in overseas earnings
  • Sustainable Development – recognising companies that have integrated environmental, social, economic and management aspects of sustainable development into their business
  • Promoting Opportunity through Social Mobility – supporting businesses that have had a social mobility programme running for more than two years.

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3. Sustainable Health and Care Week – 25 – 29 June

The first week-long celebration of environmental sustainability across the NHS, social care and public health sector is happening this June.

Sustainable Health and Care Week, which takes place from the 25 – 29 June, shines a light on the great work going on in health and care organisations to boost health, protect the environment and save money.

Co-ordinated by NHS Employers and the Sustainable Development Unit the week is a chance for organisations across the country to promote their achievements improving the quality of services for patients, the working lives of staff and as a local community asset.

Organisations across the sector are being encouraged to take part. The campaign has produced a range of resources and toolkits to support activity.

Find out more and get involved in Sustainable Health and Care Week.

The Sustainable Health and Care Campaign in backed by 25 major national health and environment organisations including the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England, Public Health England, NHS Improvement and NHS Digital.

4. Workshop on waste classification

The Group will be hosting a workshop on waste classification on 19 September 2018, in Sheffield. More details to follow.

5. Sustainable Health and Care Awards launched

A new awards programme for NHS, public health and social care organisations has been launched, supported by the Department of Health and Social Care, NHS England and Public Health England.

The Sustainable Health and Care Awards will highlight and celebrate the outstanding sustainable practices taking place which are making real benefits for health and the environment such as cutting carbon, air pollution and promoting green space. 
There are 12 awards. Ten linked to the themes of the Sustainable Development Unit’s Sustainable Development Assessment Tool which are closely aligned to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, as well as also two awards to celebrate and recognise inspirational individuals.

  • Adaptation – best resilience strategy
  • Capital projects -building design efficiency
  • Carbon reduction
  • Care and clinical practice
  • Green space
  • Our people
  • Sustainable excellence – corporate approach
  • Travel and logistics
  • Waste and resources
  • Water and energy
  • Health sustainability ambassador
  • Health sustainability leader

The awards are free to enter and are open for entry by any public sector health and care organisations in England. The closing date for entries is 20 July 2018.

Enter at the Sustainable Health and Care website.

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