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Sustainable Hospital Award

The environment in which people live and work, has a key influence on their health. This award recognises the NHS hospital that has made progress towards sustainability through the smarter use of energy, transport, waste management etc in order to strive towards a reduced impact of healthcare facilities on the environment.

2022 Winner: Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - Field of Dreams PV initiative

During the Summer, Hull University Teaching Hospitals’ ‘Field of Dreams’ solar power initiative saves the Trust around £250,000 per month and enabled Castle Hill Hospital to become the first in the UK to be completely powered by its own renewable energy. The trust, which also runs Hull Royal Infirmary, is now planning to replace 20,000 lights across both sites and install heat pumps to cut costs further.


Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust -  Hydrogen-ready boilers
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - Energy Infrastructure 
Wye Valley NHS Trust - Ground source heat pumps
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust - Zero carbon surgery

2021 Winner
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - Carbon Literacy

Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has become the first NHS Hospital Trust to officially become Carbon Literate, allowing it to take an important step towards its goal of becoming one of the greenest NHS trusts in the UK. The trust’s Sustainability Team has been working closely with the Carbon Literacy Project since April this year as part of a new initiative to deliver the first Carbon Literacy training specifically focused on healthcare and the NHS, to help its staff become Carbon Literate. Amongst the pledges, LTH has promised to establish an energy reduction strategic steering group and write a carbon reduction strategy.


Northumbria Healthcare - Recycled Face Masks
Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - New Sustainability Team
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Environmental Management System


2020 Winner
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Across hospitals and community sites in Northumberland and North Tyneside, Northumbria Healthcare achieved an annual reduction of 6,440 tonnes of CO2e based on energy, waste and travel last year. This was a 17 per cent reduction from the previous year with energy consumption being cut by almost half. Northumbria Healthcare has reduced its energy consumption by installing LED lighting and improving heating and ventilation systems. Additionally, less of the trust’s waste is now being sent to landfill.

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Supply Chain
NHS Property Services
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly STP


2019 Winner

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

A £10.9 million investment in new energy technology at Wythenshawe and Withington Community Hospitals, will deliver a combined annual saving of at least half of the energy bill, which will fund the infrastructure investment. The 14‐month long project will also reduce annual carbon emissions by 25 per cent – the equivalent to taking more than 780 cars off the road. MFT are legally bound to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 under the recently amended Climate Change Act and the NHS Long Term Plan. With the declaration of a climate emergency, efforts to deliver a carbon neutral city‐ region by 2038, align with the targets set by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. MFT will leave the climate emergency declaration in place for two years minimum.

2019 Sustainable Hospital Award Winner: Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust


NHS Tayside - Self funding sustainability measures
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust - Energy reduction plan
East London NHS Foundation Trust - Renewable Energy contract

2018 Winner

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

MFT is one of the largest Trusts in the UK, with nine hospitals across six sites, employing over 20,000 staff and treating more than two million patients every year. Embedding sustainability requires a multi‐disciplinary approach. Over £400,000 has been invested in energy efficiency projects since 2017, and the trust has managed to achieve an eight per cent reduction in single occupancy car travel and a five pr cent increase in active travel against a 2015 baseline. Ambitious targets of a three per cent yearly reduction in CO2 have been set in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2040.

2018 Sustainable Hospital Award Winner: Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust


University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust
South Tees Hospitals HNS Foundation Trust
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust
Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

2017 Winner

Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Catering manager Geoff Moyle has worked closely with the sustainability team and food suppliers to provide the best food available and worked with chefs to create an appropriate menu to encourage the use of local, organic, Fairtrade and meat-free meals. The department has introduced two anaerobic digesters, for food preparation and returned plate waste, which have saved over three Olympic sized swimming pools worth of water each year and their own waste compactor which reduces the volume of recyclable waste, allowing more to be collected before removal. The Green Kitchen Standard certification, introduced by the soil Association, also provides caterers with a framework for action to achieve continuous improvements.

2017 Sustainable Hospital Award Winner: Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Aintree University Hospitals NHS Trust
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust - Energy reduction plan
North Bristol NHS Trust

2016 Winner

West London Mental Health NHS Trust - Broadmoor Hospital redevelopment

As well as a new energy centre and combined heat and power boiler that turns wood chips into fuel, The Broadmoor Hospital redevelopment project features ongoing ecology work which sees hundreds of animals relocated to safer environments in surrounding areas. Scheduled to open in 2017, much of its demolition material is being processed for recycling, with environmental mitigation measures used on the access road for construction traffic.

Sustainable Hospital 2016 Winner: West London Mental Health NHS Trust - Broadmoor Hospital redevelopment


North Bristol NHS Trust - Sustainable Healthcare Campaign
Yeovil Hospital - Waste Management Practice
University Hospitals Bristol Foundation Trust - Green Impact scheme
East Cheshire NHS trust - Combined Heat & Power Installation


2015 Winner

Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust set up the first medical PVC recycling project outside Australia, in which three common single use PVC items were picked for their suitability: anaesthetic facemasks, oxygen tubing and oxygen masks from elective, non-infectious patients. The pilot encouraged the Environmental Agency to allow ‘sensible’ recycling of items previously considered clinical waste and helped to open up channels to manufactures to make more single use items recyclable. Compliance with the process was nearly 100 per cent and cross contamination of the recycling bins with other waste was zero, resulting in approximately 200kg of PVC diverted from landfill or incineration to date.


Isle of Wight NHS Trust
Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust