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Derby Hospitals wins sustainable transport award

Published 09/04/2014
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Derby Hospitals has won an award for its work to encourage staff to use environmentally friendly transport.

The Trust was honoured in the first annual Connected Business Awards, organised by Connected – Derby’s brand for promoting sustainable transport in the city.

The awards recognise the best efforts by companies and organisations to encourage people to walk, cycle and use public transport more frequently.

The ceremony was held on Tuesday, April 8 at the Derby College’s Roundhouse and Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was given the Connected Large Employment Site of the Year award.

The title recognises that site which employs more than 250 people and which has made the most progress in encouraging staff and visitors to travel more sustainably in the past year.

A staff travel survey carried out across in 2013 showed the Trust has reduced numbers of single-occupancy vehicles by 8% and seen increases in staff walking, cycling and using public transport.

Judges also praised the regular travel events held across Derby Hospitals and incentives offered to staff for sustainable travel, work which also helped the Trust win gold accreditation from Connected for its promotion of sustainable travel.

The Trust was also highly commended in the Travel Initiative of the Year category – for offering employees who walk or cycle 12 free entries into the staff car park each year – and highly commended Travel Champion of the Year.

Paul Brooks, assistant director of estates and facilities for Derby Hospitals, said: “This is an award we are really proud of. We are committed to making sure we reduce our carbon footprint and promote sustainable transport and we have worked hard to encourage this across our staff and in our visitors.”

Last Modified 09/04/2014