Meet the team: RBH #NHSPound Team
Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS FT
- England - Wessex
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- RBH Comms Team
Save the #NHSPound is a grassroots campaign to cut waste in the NHS. If everyone in the organisation saved just £1 a week by reducing unnecessary waste it would save £70million-enough to employ 2000 nurses.
Do we, as NHS employees, need reminding that NHS money is our money? Are we as casual about wasting money at home?
We should give every NHS employee an NHS £1 trolley token that they carry in their wallets and purses. That ‘NHS pound’ is their pound, and every time they see it or use it it will be a reminder of how useful their pound can be (Tokens cost approximately 50p each, including printing and key fob).
The money I am applying for would purchase 6000 branded pound coin tokens, enough for everyone in our organisation.
We are compiling a database of great ideas which are used locally and are portable enough to be used nationally, and internationally.
The impact on the environment is also measurable and substantial.
We aim to ask patients their opinions on where they see obvious needless waste. Their perspective is very important to us.
Our project, which officially launched in April, has already shown projected savings of circa £50k locally, with new ideas coming in weekly. I would hope that some higher profile ’great but small’ ideas will give everyone the confidence to submit their own suggestions, no matter how small they may seem.
We should emphasize the environmental benefits of cutting waste-turning off lights, closing windows, reducing disposable waste etc
Above all, this will only work if everyone in the NHS workforce believes that their actions can make a difference, even if their actions might seem small on their own.
How you can contribute
- Support the initiative and propagate it locally and nationally
- Contribute their ideas to the database, which could be used as a national resource for the whole NHS