26 March 2014
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust Bridgewater has been recognised by an UKAS* accredited certification body for reducing its carbon footprint and energy consumption as well as its commitment to recycling waste as part of an environmental management system.
The UKAS accredited ISO 14001 was awarded to Bridgewater after a rigorous external audit by independent body ISOQAR Ltd. Steven Moss, Operations Director from ISOQAR attended Bridgewater’s Annual Staff Awards on 12 March at Haydock Park Racecourse in Newton-le-Willows, Merseyside to present a certificate of accreditation to the trust’s Chief Executive Dr Kate Fallon.
Dr Kate Fallon said:
“I am extremely proud of Bridgewater’s commitment to championing environmental sustainability. In fact we are one of only a handful of NHS Trusts in the country to receive this prestigious accreditation. The thorough external audit we underwent lasted 10 days and involved a detailed examination of our healthcare sites and our internal systems designed to monitor and manage our environmental impact with the aim of reducing our carbon footprint. This accreditation is a tremendous achievement for the trust and our staff.”
Bridgewater’s Associate Director of Estates and Facilities Management Syd Cottle added:
“The ISO 14001 award reflects the hard work and effort of our staff who have helped to develop an environmental management system that not only suits the needs of our organisation but also supports the national NHS sustainability strategy. We can all be very proud. I am also grateful for the support we have received from Groundwork Wigan, Donald McQueen from Virtuous Cycles and Fiona Brannigan from Sustainable Spirals.”
Bridgewater’s achievement follows NHS England and Public Health England launching a sustainability strategy called ‘Sustainable, Resilient, Healthy People and Places’ for the whole health and care system, including the NHS, public health and social care. The new strategy aims to reduce carbon emissions, protect natural resources, prepare communities for severe weather events and promote healthy lifestyles and environments.
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