Scarborough Hospital to work with green expert

SCARBOROUGH Hospital is hoping to further reduce its carbon emissions by working with an expert from De Montfort University in Leicester.

Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust has welcomed Simon Smeathers who will be working to help reduce the Trust’s carbon footprint as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP).

James Hayward, the trust’s director of facilities, said: “We are committed to delivering our carbon reduction strategy which aims to reduce the trust’s carbon footprint.

“Being involved in this Knowledge Transfer Partnership is an excellent example of this commitment and our drive to further reduce our energy consumption and carbon emissions.“

The KTP is a two-year professional development scheme which aims to link the specific requirements of an organisation with the knowledge, technology and skills of an academic institution – in this instance De Montfort University – for the benefit of both parties.

Simon recently graduated from the University of Leeds with an MSc degree in Sustainability (Environmental Consultancy and Project Management) and said: “The project I will be working on aims to map out the trust’s energy and water use and the underlying behaviours which govern the use of these resources.

“I believe this is an exciting project because it provides the Trust with knowledge and expertise which is not currently present within the organisation. It also demonstrates a positive commitment to actively improve its environmental performance and become a leader within the NHS in terms of its sustainability practices.”