Achieving financial, social and environmental sustainability
Are you doing novel and exciting activities in order to reduce your carbon footprint and improve the health and wealth of the population and the planet?  If so, we want to hear about what you are doing to be sustainable in order to support a network of carbon enthusiasts across the West Midlands. 

Ideas (Publish, Detailed Submission)

Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
‘SWITCH Waste’ is an innovative solution available to the NHS and healthcare sector. It facilitates standardisation and best practice in waste management with resultant cost, carbon and quality benefits.
Overview of Innovation:
Introduction
 
The University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) has undertaken a transformational ‘Waste Management’ project which has resulted in a Waste Management service that is regarded as a national leader and is currently positioned in the lower quartile for waste costs according to Lord Carter.
 
UHNM Waste Management Project Achievements - summary
  1. The safe and compliant declassification and diversion of a significant proportion of waste into non-hazardous waste streams
  2. Staff Empowerment and Education: 
    • SWITCH Waste’ e-Learn modules
    • Blended Learning
    • New Isolation Waste Procedures
  3. Spearheading contractual change
By improving the quality of waste segregation and declassifing a large proportion of waste to ‘non-hazardous’, UHNM have reduced the risk profile of generated waste. This has enabled an opportunity; freedom to transport and dispose of waste in a different way - no longer requiring the use of a specialist clinical waste contractor and facility.
 
Engagement with the local municipal Waste to Energy facility (produces energy from household waste on behalf of local authorities) to investigate using this as a potential disposal facility, has led to in-depth scrutiny of UHNM process and procedures for waste segregation.
 
With specific and robust waste procedures together with staff education in place, the local municipal Waste to Energy facility have deemed the risk of contamination by hazardous waste at a low level and will accept UHNM non-hazardous (Offensive and Domestic) waste as a ‘mixed’ waste stream, duel consigned by a European Waste Catalogue (EWC) code.
 
This is a first for the NHS and a municipal disposal facility - achieved with full engagement by the Environment Agency
 
SWITCH Waste benefits
  • Efficiency savings;
  • Once best practise procedures are implemented it may negate the need for a clinical waste contractor, creating further benefits:
     
    • Use of local transportation means reliability and fewer transport miles/emissions
    • Use of local transportation/disposal facility bolsters the local economy
    • Storing waste as ‘mixed’ means easier handling and efficient use of space
Opportunity

The ‘SWITCH Waste’ solution allows organisations to replicate the above achievements, delivered by the following three partners:
  • UHNM
  • OCB Media (HELM) – leader in providing training materials for healthcare organisations
  • CliniSolutions

For more information:

Louise Webster
Head of Environmental Sustainability
Louise.Webster@uhnm.nhs.uk
07825 504672
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
WMAHSN priorities and themes addressed: 
Education, training and future workforce / Wealth creation / Innovation and adoption
Benefit to NHS:
The ‘SWITCH Waste’ solution will facilitate:
  • Significant cost savings through implementing a standardised and best practice approach to waste management that will generate efficiency savings (revenue) as per the direction of the Lord Carter Review;
  • Once best practise procedures have been implemented it may negate the requirement for a clinical waste contractor. This will lead to the following further benefits:
    • Use of a local transport company means reliability and fewer transport miles/emissions
    • Use of local transport and local municipal disposal facility bolsters the local economy
    • Storing waste as ‘mixed’ means easier handling and efficient use of space
Initial Review Rating
5.00 (1 ratings)
Benefit to WM population:
The ‘SWITCH Waste’ solution will facilitate local benefit through facilitiating the disposal of waste within the organisation locality (municipal disposal).

Benefits include:
  • Significant cost savings through implementing a standardised and best practice approach to waste management that will generate efficiency savings (revenue) as per the direction of the Lord Carter Review. Lower waste service costs can be reinvested into clinical services for patients.
  • Once best practise procedures have been implemented it may negate the requirement for a clinical waste contractor. This will lead to the following further benefits:
    • Use of a local transport company means reliability and fewer transport miles/emissions
    • Use of local transport and local municipal disposal facility bolsters the local economy
    • Storing waste as ‘mixed’ means easier handling and efficient use of space
Current and planned activity: 
A range of NHS Trusts and social care organisations are already registering thier interest in purchasing 'SWITCH Waste' as a direct response to wanting to emulate the achievements of UHNM.
What is the intellectual property status of your innovation?:
Backgroud IP provided by all partners for the purpose of facilitating SWITCH Waste.
Return on Investment (£ Value): 
high
Return on Investment (Timescale): 
1 year
Ease of scalability: 
Simple
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