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15 December 2011

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust Wins A Top Environment Award

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UH Bristol) has won the Environmental Practice Award at the 2011 Health Business Awards. The 5th annual Awards, announced at the Emirates Stadium, London on 8th December, recognise excellence and best practice within the NHS. 

UH Bristol's quality systems manager Jeff Bluck was presented with the award by newsreader Juliet Morris and Kenneth Campbell from Big Green Book. 

The Environmental Practice Award recognises the individual NHS project that has furthered the progress of environmental practice in the NHS.  UH Bristol had teamed up with the University of Bristol to pilot Green Impact Hospitals - a new accreditation scheme to help departments reduce their negative impact on the environment. Every department is challenged to implement a number of easy practical actions, including recycling improvements, using less water, promoting sustainable travel and reducing waste.  If it proves a success and significantly reduces energy use, the pilot scheme will be rolled out to other hospitals throughout the country. 

James Rimmer, UH Bristol's chief operating officer, says: "The Trust is delighted to have had its commitment to the Green Impact scheme recognised by the Health Business Awards.  This prestigious environmental practice award will further encourage our staff to be involved in implementing practical solutions to improve our environmental sustainability.  We are looking forward to holding a joint ceremony with the University of Bristol in May 2012 to highlight what's been achieved." 

Speaking at the awards ceremony, PSi chairman David Devoto, said: "Like most organisations, it's the people that make the NHS. The dedication and professionalism of the all the people involved in these awards, from doctors and nurses, to administrators and facilities managers, should never go unnoticed, and should never be taken for granted."