Go Smarter, the North East’s behaviour change programme for sustainable transport, has awarded its Platinum Accreditation Award to Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
The Accreditation Awards are given to businesses across the region for their ongoing commitment to sustainable travel, through encouraging their workforces to use walking, cycling, public transport and car sharing on their daily commutes to work, and even for encouraging their visitors to think about travelling more sustainably.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust manages hospital and community services in Northumberland and North Tyneside and in 2015 opened the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital at Cramlington, which provides specialist emergency care for seriously ill or injured patients.
Gold, silver and bronze awards have been awarded during the course of the programme over the last five years, but the Platinum Accreditation Award is the highest achievement that can be made by a business engaged with the Go Smarter to Work programme.
Sathish Sethuraman, Travel Plan Coordinator for Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said, ‘’We are absolutely delighted to have achieved the Platinum Accreditation Award. As an organisation, we have worked hard with Go Smarter to Work to put a range of initiatives in place that encourage our employees – and our visitors to the hospital - to consider making the switch from using their cars to using sustainable modes of travel.
‘Sustainable travel, like walking and cycling, has some fantastic benefits for everyone in terms of health and fitness; and keeping our employees and visitors as healthy as possible is obviously beneficial for them, the organisation and the region. We will continue to encourage this behaviour change’’.
Jessica Anderson, Programme Manager for Go Smarter, said: ‘’On behalf of the programme, I am thrilled that Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has achieved our Platinum Award. The organisation, staff and visitors have put in some outstanding work and deserve their success’’.
Some of the initiatives that Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has in place and which helped the organisation achieve its Platinum Award, include a Matched Funding initiative to install electric vehicle charging points; staff surveys to inform the organisation about travel behaviour; and communications encouraging staff and visitors to make more sustainable and healthier travel choices.
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is also a member of the Go Smarter Business Network, which gives businesses across the region the opportunity to access travel discounts and networking opportunities.
For more information about Go Smarter, including the Go Smarter Business Network, visit www.gosmarter.co.uk