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28.11.19

Green Rewards initiative taken on by Manchester for greener healthcare

30,000kg of CO2 has been saved by employees through Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust’s Greener Rewards programme.

MFT’s has completed a record 25,000 positive actions in the last 6 months to heighten sustainability and wellbeing through the programme.

As a front-runner in sustainability in the healthcare sector, MFT recently acknowledged a climate emergency and was the first NHS trust in the UK to partner with Jump, the UK’s leading supplier of engagement programmes.

MFT’s Green Rewards programme, provided by Jump, was launched to all employees across MFT, covering nine hospitals as well as city’s NHS community health services through Manchester Local Care Organisation in May 2019. As employees have control of up to a third of MFT’s energy usage through daily activity, encouraging greater awareness and engagement with sustainable issues is vital.

Within the first six months of the programme employees took part in over 40 activities that helped save CO2 which included grow your own, get involved with a sustainability project, active commute, carbon calculator and eat local. Over 8 years of meet free days have been recorded, with actions taken by employees saving enough electricity to power 1,755 homes for a day.

To recognise their efforts and impact that their Green Rewards programme is having, MFT has been announced as a finalist in edie’s Sustainability Leaders Awards 2020 in the Employee Engagement and Behaviour Change Initiative of the Year category.

Claire Igeo, Head of Environmental Sustainability at MFT said: “It’s fantastic that our workforce has already achieved 25,000 positive actions. The Green Rewards programme is the perfect opportunity to empower our staff to make a positive difference, and I’m delighted we’ve been shortlisted in the edie awards.”

Graham Simmonds, Chief Executive at Jump, says “it’s great to be helping MFT overcome the healthcare-specific challenges of sustainable behaviour change, namely a large dispersed workforce and non-desk based working environments.

“Their programme has already achieved mass engagement, and is a leading example of how NHS Trusts in the UK can drive positive change and deliver impactful results.”

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