Recognising any individual, service or department who have contributed, on a large or small scale, to this vital Trust agenda

Winner: Decontamination Unit – First of its kind built for the NHS

Community equipment service, Barnsley

Previously the decontamination of equipment was completed by an outside company but it was decided to bring this, and other outsourced operations, back in-house.

This had to be done without making structural changes and it was decided to create a temporary moveable unit for the decontamination unit, designed with individual processing rooms.

Before it was brought in-house, equipment was delivered to the outside contractor with a yearly cost of approximately £122,000, plus delivery costs and additional manning. By bringing he decontamination in-house the service has managed to save over 1,500 vehicle journeys to date, and dramatically reduced this net cash outlay.

“The development of the in-house decontamination unit has had a far reaching effect, achieving immediate and long-term cost savings. Supply chain decisions which take account of environmental impacts, also now include less vehicle mileage, plastic bags, packaging, use of chemicals and water and improved equipment recycling.”

Gary Garvey, supplies operations officer

Highly commended: Achievements in introducing Telecare in mental health

Assertive Outreach Team, Barnsley

Service users with the Assertive Outreach Team have complex mental health needs and often need prompts with medication or increased monitoring.

The use of Telecare, a remote system which enables people to remain independent in their own homes by providing technologies to support them, has allowed staff to carry out these duties without visiting service users. This also saves staff time which can be spent on other therapeutic or socially inclusive interventions and unnecessary journeys.

The Telecare equipment and support of the team, has enabled one service user to move to their own flat after being hospitalised or living in 24-hour supported accommodation for over 10 years.

“Telecare gives me reassurance because I know if I need help someone is there. It has helped my recovery. If anyone comes in, the buzzer goes and someone comes to check everything’s alright and I can talk to the team later if there is a problem.”

Marc Osbourne, service user

Runner up: Sustainability internal communications campaign; how staff became part of our solution

Communications team, Trust wide

An ambitious internal communications campaign was carried out with staff between September 2010 and April 2011, designed to engage, explain sustainability and help staff understand how they could make a personal contribution.

The communications plan focussed on two key areas; increasing understanding and sharing good practice and a variety of methods and products were used to good effect to do this.

A survey carried out after the campaign had been launched, showed a dramatic increase in staff understanding of the sustainability agenda; 99% said they understood it as well as 95% saying they knew how to get involved, compared with an initial 8%.

“The campaign has shown that a well-constructed internal strategic communications plan plays a vital role in a project’s success and it has been recognised by the project board as playing a key role in the success of the project to date.”

Dawn Stephenson, director of corporate development

Runner up: Ward 18 Can Crushing Scheme

Ward 18, adult mental health, Kirklees

After noticing that there were a lot of aluminium cans being thrown away on the ward, clinical team leader Andrea Stanger and nursing assistant Richard Craven decided that a recycle scheme would not only clean up the area but also educate people on the benefits of recycling.

Activity workers Sarah Taylor and Kelly Sykes worked with service users to create ‘Tinny’, a mascot for the scheme, and Richard runs a regular can crushing group with service users.

The scheme originally hoped to make some money for the ward, but after discussion it was decided that the crushed cans would be donated to help the local donkey sanctuary instead.

“This project has been a good opportunity to get staff and service users involved in recycling and learn that small things make a big difference.”

Graham Smith, ward manager