NHS Sustainability Awards – Trust wins top prize in food category
Monday, 20 April 2015
North Bristol NHS Trust took top prize in the “food award” category at the NHS Sustainability Awards held on Thursday.
Over recent years, the Trust has taken significant steps to source local, seasonal, organic and fairly traded food as part of its policy to reduce its impact on the environment at the same time as maintaining quality. This includes:
- Milk from a dairy farm in Wellington, Somerset
- Ice cream from Marshfield Farm, near Bath
- All meat is farm assured and comes from our local butcher
- All beef mince is organic
- Ham is also farm assured and supplied from Wiltshire
- Our cheese is produced locally in Somerset
- All eggs are free range
- Fish and fish dishes are sustainably sourced
We have also recently increased the amount of Fairtrade products sold in our staff restaurant, and have been promoting Fairtrade during Fairtrade fortnight.
The Trust was the first NHS organisation to be awarded a silver catering mark from the Soil Association and is now working towards the gold award.
The catering team operate winter and summer menus to make the most of seasonal produce and reduce food miles.
In addition, the Trust was “highly commended” in the transport category at the awards ceremony for its work in supporting staff to use sustainable forms of transport to get to work.
One of the key areas that impressed the judges was the work done to encourage and support cycling to work. Around 20 percent of all staff now ride their bikes to work since services were centralised at the Southmead site in May 2014.
To support these staff, the Trust has introduced covered cycle hoops, secure cycle stores and individual cycle lockers, with approximately 500 further spaces planned. In addition there are much improved shower and changing facilities that include personal lockers, drying rooms and irons with ironing boards.