Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing a stage with James Dixon, waste manager and sustainability lead, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Alexandra Hammond, associate director, sustainability, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, at the RWM recycling and waste management event, at the Birmingham NEC. The panel was chaired by Rob Holdway from Giraffe Innovation.
The session looked at challenges as well as opportunities for enhancing the resource efficiency within the healthcare sector. While James and Alexandra outlined various strategies that are being employed within their trusts, mine was a more overarching view. There were also opportunities for the audience to participate through the usual questions, as well as voting.
The Health and Social Care sector in the UK is coming under increasing pressure to meet financial and environmental targets. For example, a recent report from Monitor, the regulatory body for health services in England, noted that National Health Service (NHS) foundation trusts in England are running deficits of nearly £500 million. Thus examining ways of minimising wastage is crucial and timely.