Celebrating sustainability across the system at the inaugural Sustainable Health and Care Awards

Hydrogen powered ambulances, a therapy garden and a sustainable ‘dare’ campaign were some of the initiatives that were recognised at the Sustainable Health and Care Awards in Birmingham last night.

The inaugural awards honoured some of the most innovative approaches across the NHS and health sector that are improving health, protecting the environment and saving money.

Other winners included a care farm and an energy saving scheme that have saved millions of pounds.

The Sustainable Health and Care Awards highlight and celebrate outstanding sustainable practices delivering real benefits. Awards were assessed based on social, financial and environmental outcomes.

Selected special guests were on hand to present the awards across 12 categories aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). Finalists and guests were congratulated in a video message from film director Richard Curtis who is also a UN SDG Advocate. 

The awards were hosted by Professor Lord Robert Winston, an eminent authority on medical science and BAFTA award-winning television presenter.

The ceremony took place on Wednesday, 21 November 2018 at Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham, following the Sustainable Health and Care Forum.

Representatives from each of the 11 winning organisations received a sustainably-sourced oak plaque.

The winners were whittled down from 58 finalists representing 34 organisations by a panel of 13 judges from across the health, environment and private sectors.

Sonia Roschnik, the director of the Sustainable Development Unit, said:

“We’re delighted to be recognising the excellent work being carried out across the NHS, health and social care sector to deliver an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable system.

“We hope this will inspire us all to continually improve our services, reduce our impacts and work collaboratively across the sector as a means of driving improved health for all.

“Given the UK is celebrating ten years of the Climate Change Act this month, let’s work to deliver the next decade of improvements by celebrating every success and using every opportunity to transform health and care to a sustainable health system we can all be proud of.”

Danny Mortimer, the chief executive of NHS Employers, said:

“These awards showcase and honour health and care organisations which have worked tirelessly to maximise environmental, social and financial value to ensure a more sustainable system. 

“I’d like to congratulate each winner and thank them for all their hard work.”

The award ceremony followed the inaugural Sustainable Health and Care conference and exhibition, held at the same venue.

The conference brought together sustainability professionals and champions from across the NHS, public sector and social care. People heard from NHS Digital, NHS Improvement, Public Health England, and the Jo Cox Foundation.

Find out more about the Sustainable Health and Care Campaign and the Awards at www.sustainablehealthandcare.com