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Energy efficiency helps Derby Hospitals make awards shortlist

12 June 2012

Work to save more than £2.2 million on energy costs over the past five years has helped Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to a nomination in the Health Service Journal Energy Efficiency Awards 2012.

The Trust – which operates the Royal Derby Hospital and London Road Community Hospital – is nominated in the Energy Efficiency category of the industry awards.

In 2009, the Trust committed to reducing its carbon emissions in terms of KWhrs consumed by 10% over a three year period (April 2009 to March 2012). The Trust achieved a 12.6% reduction in the first two years, and then increased the three year target reduction to 15%. The March 2012 outcome for the three year target is 18.64% which was 3.64% above target – a significant achievement. This equates to a carbon emissions reduction in CO2e of 3,547 tonnes.


A variety of contributions have helped the Trust make the shortlist, but patient care has always been at the heart of energy efficiency work. One example where patient care has been improved is the programme to reduce clinical waste. Working with the infection prevention and control team, the facilities management department implemented a scheme to reduce the amount of clinical waste generated. As well as reducing the amount of clinical products bought in through more efficient ways of working, this had the effect of reducing smells and waste sitting in bins on wards for longer than liked. In addition, patients write in with their own ideas for energy efficiency and Trust staff take time to consider ideas and reply.

Around 100 members of staff have volunteered to train as Environment Champions. These are enthusiastic people who help the Trust in raising awareness about reducing waste, energy costs and saving water through the slogan ‘Turn Off or Turn Down’. They help with anything from events and putting up posters to being the person who says ‘Remember to turn off the lights’.

Paul Brooks, assistant director of facilities management, said: “Being shortlisted for the award is great news and has only been achievable with the help of our staff and partners. We have worked hard to embed energy efficiency in the Trust’s overall transformation work, sitting alongside changes to clinical practice and approaches to care. Our challenge now is to go on and win the award, as well as continuing to look at new ways of improving even further.

"When we started the project, we weren’t aware of anyone else in the NHS taking this approach – focusing on creating the buzz that will empower and enthuse staff at all levels across the organisation. While some initiatives may have been implemented in other organisations, we took care to ensure our work was absolutely right for our organisation and our people.”

The next step is for Derby Hospitals representatives to present the entry directly to the judging panel, giving more details about the work carried out and bringing the project to life. This is followed by questions from the judges. It takes place in mid-July.


For further information, please contact:

Paul Widdowfield
Communications Manager
Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
01332 786947