Sustainability Projects Assistant, Dragos North Bristol Hospital NHS Trust

The Sustainable Development Unit at North Bristol NHS Trust continued their efforts to engage with staff though Green Impact, following a very promising first year.  Spread across multiple sites and with almost 9,000 employees, we sought every opportunity to motivate and reward teams for their creative ideas and good practice, all feeding into our ISO 14001:2015 accreditation process.

The Partnership

Change Agents UK offered training support and professional development opportunities, strengthening the skills needed to successfully deliver Green Impact on behalf of the NUS at the Trust. The Sustainable Development Unit here welcomed me and proved to be an excellent spring board for future job prospects, shaping my future career plans.

Key Responsibilities

This position involved a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the effective implementation of the Green Impact project. It is aimed at embedding sustainability within everything NBT does by increasing pro-environmental behaviours and shaping a happier and healthier workplace.

Opportunity Benefits

As SPA, I have been acting as an ambassador for different green initiatives, aiming to introduce as many of them in designing the Green Impact toolkit.  The range of topics (travel, waste, energy, etc.) and the multitude of settings (clinical, facilities) offered me the chance to gather different perspectives and have a more holistic approach. Among the benefits, it is worth mentioning the wider networking events linking sustainability to health and wellbeing, as well as consolidating my understanding of local sustainable travel initiatives.

The Results

We have celebrated 30 teams working towards different levels of accreditation, with an estimated 150 staff actively involved. With an overall of more than 1,500 engaged during the year, we estimate £50,000 potential savings across the organisation. We are delighted with such a response rate. #NBTproud