Effective Contribution to environmental
Most Effective Contribution to Environmental Sustainability

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For any questions, please contact Ryan Bessent

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Environmental sustainability is recognised as one of the key global challenges of the 21st century. The health sector has a vested interest in improving public health through addressing the causes of air pollution and climate change. 

The NHS long-term plan includes commitments to becoming a ‘greener’ NHS through halving carbon emissions by 2025, cutting fleet air pollutants by 20%, and reducing single use plastics across the NHS supply chain. Making these ambitions a reality will affect decision making across all areas of the healthcare system and require environmental impact assessment to become a key consideration in purchasing and project decision making. 

This award will recognise those organisations and partnerships that enable the NHS to deliver greener and more efficient services. Judges are particularly interested in projects displaying active innovations in the reduction of waste, water, energy consumption, carbon, and single-use plastics, that could be replicated across the wider system. 


  • This award is open to any private or not-for-profit business which works in partnership with an NHS organisation in the field of sustainability 
  • These can be single partnerships or joint working projects, but must demonstrate evidence from the past two years up until the awards deadline date 


  • Describe the overall vision for sustainable development within the NHS organisation and context within which the partnership was necessary. 
  • What were the overarching goals of the partnership and how were these measured?  
  • What specific green initiatives aimed at reducing water, carbon, energy consumption, single-use plastics or other waste were developed? 


  • How was the project vision realised and what were the results of each green initiative? 
  • Describe to what extent these results met targets and expectations, and include supporting evidence to demonstrate performance over time. 
  • Provide evidence of any tangible improvements in waste reduction and efficiency that were a direct result of the partnership.  


  • Evidence how initial successes of the specific initiatives mentioned earlier can be replicated and scaled up in the future. 
  • To what extent has the methodology or sustainability principles employed within the partnership been adopted by other departments within the NHS organisation? 
  • Describe any work undertaken to spread best practice learning with other NHS organisations or within any other partnerships 


  • Discuss how the different partners worked together effectively to tackle the sustainability challenge 
  • When designing green initiatives what consideration was given to end-users including staff and patients, and how did these parties contribute to their inception or development? 
  • To what extent has the stakeholder engagement process enabled sustainability principles to be embedded within the NHS organisation’s processes and policies? 


  • What overall environmental impact has been achieved by the partnership so far? 
  • Discuss how the partnership enables compliance with the Climate Change Act, Environmental Protection Act and other key legislation 
  • What other efficiency gains have been realised by the partnership, both in terms of waste reduction and cost savings? 

Most Effective Contribution to Environmental Sustainability

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Effective Contribution to environmental
Most Effective Contribution to Environmental Sustainability

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For entry enquiries, contact Ryan Bessent on 0207 608 9045 or email Ryan.bessent@wilmingtonhealthcare.com