Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust’s Energy and Sustainability Department has been officially recognised for its “Excellence in sustainability reporting” by Public Health England’s Sustainable Development Unit (SDU).

This is the latest feather in the cap for the Trust who were awarded accolades in 2016 as winners of the “Most sustainable public sector organisation in NHS” at the Public Sector Energy & Sustainability Awards 2016 and runners up for the “Contribution to Sustainable Travel Award 2016” at the Modeshift awards.

The SDU conducted an analysis of all provider and clinical commissioning group (CCG) annual reports to evaluate sustainability sections. Forty trusts and forty CCGs (around 17%) have been selected for recognition out of 450 organisations across England.

Energy & Sustainability Manager Mohammed Sajard said: “Upon compiling our annual report for 2016-17 – a very successful year for us as a department – I learned that we had been officially recognised.

“It’s a terrific honour and a great way to cap off fantastic year.

“We are very much amongst the best in the country and it is our staff’s overall contribution that makes these awards possible.”

The sustainability reporting rating is part of a fuller summary of sustainability indicators of all NHS organisations. The SDU has worked with DH and NHS Improvement to ensure that there is a consistent mandate across all health sector organisations to report on sustainability with the expectation to meet the criteria published by the SDU.

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