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‘Let’s Not Waste’

‘Let’s Not Waste’ is a pioneering programme to support waste reduction and decarbonisation in the Welsh healthcare sector.

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Background and context

How can we minimise waste in all its forms across the health and social care sector?

The health and social care system in Wales is facing unprecedented challenges in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, a cost-of-living crisis and the global climate emergency. In response, we must develop innovative ways to use all available resources more efficiently.  Reducing waste is a central aspect of the Welsh Government’s Decarbonisation Plan to achieve a net zero public sector by 2030.

 

About the ‘Let’s Not Waste’ Programme

This programme will focus upon three main aspects to help secure the necessary changes including:

  • Reduce – products and services that are not essential
  • Reuse – tools, equipment, and other resources
  • Recycle – wherever possible to reduce waste and minimise the carbon footprint

The programme will be evolutionary and iterative to ensure we are sharing existing good practices and building upon innovative ideas as they evolve. It will provide a focus and concerted effort to engage people within their workplaces and communities, in achieving demonstrable reductions in waste. It will also create a network of working groups in Wales and draw on the innovative ideas of Bevan Exemplars, to catalyse a wider movement for change across health and care systems and services.

The programme will run from September 2022 to September 2024.

Join the LNW network to reduce waste in health and care to receive support and resources!

Want to fight waste in health and care? With challenges from pandemic recovery, economic pressures, and the climate crisis, it’s crucial we use resources wisely. The Bevan Commission’s Let’s Not Waste network is your chance to make a real difference.

Why Join?
  • Gain support, resources, and networking opportunities from the Bevan Commission.
  • Share and learn best practices.
  • Collaborate on innovative solutions.
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What A Waste!

 

Dealing with the issue of waste in health and care has been discussed by policy makers, politicians and healthcare professionals since the NHS was founded in 1948. This report calls for a focus on the problem of inappropriate waste in the delivery of health and social care in Wales and urgent action to address it. Reducing waste will play a crucial role in tackling the enormous challenges ahead and in developing more prudent and economically, socially, and sustainable services and support. There are already several good examples of how the 5 Rs’ (’Reduce, Reuse, Reprocessed, Renewable, recycle’) are informing practices in the NHS but more needs to be done.  It will need everyone to take responsibility and play a part.

Read 'What a Waste!'

Launch Webinar

 

On 19 April 2023, we were delighted to be joined by 220 health and care professionals from across Wales to launch this programme. We were joined by some fantastic speakers including Health Minister Eluned Morgan, Professor Sir Don Berwick, Professor Sir Andy Haines and Richard Smith. Please see these speakers’ presentations below.

Watch the launch webinar

Case Studies

Below you will find a selection of case studies demonstrating successful waste reduction initiatives in health and social care across the UK.

We will soon be publishing a comprehensive compendium of waste reduction case studies from across Wales.  Sign up to our monthly bulletin to be kept up to date.

If you would like to submit a case study to this resource bank please e-mail Bevan-Lets-Not-Waste@swansea.ac.uk

Survey finds nurse managers waste hours a day on admin and bureaucracy

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NHS managers said they spend seven to eight hours a day on admin. A survey…

Sharpsmart: Business Review

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Sharpsmart is innovating clinical waste management to reduce unnecessary wastage. See the difference they have…

SusQI project report: Back to the Future: Bringing back “old practices” for a sustainable future.

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Aims: Aim 1 for Inguinal hernia repair (IHR) project: • To convert as many IHR…

Improving lung health and the environment at Kirkholt Medical Centre, Rochdale

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Asthma is the most common respiratory condition in the UK, and Asthma + Lung UK…

Improving health outcomes for respiratory patients while reducing carbon emissions

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Inhalers are a key treatment for respiratory conditions, with approximately 60 million dispensed in England…

Putting anaesthetic-generated emissions to bed

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Across the NHS, anaesthetic gases are commonly used as a part of everyday surgeries. These…

Green transport delivers life-saving drugs and improves patient experience

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Around 4% (9.5 billion miles) of all road travel in England relates to the NHS,…

Boosting healthy and sustainable travel in Manchester

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In 2018, one of the largest acute trusts in the UK formed when two NHS…

Zooming into a greener future: The case for a zero-emissions courier services

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From sample collections for testing to patient record transfers and transporting medicines, the NHS relies…

Harnessing solar power at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust set itself an ambitious target to be net zero…

Pedal power for cleaner healthcare delivery

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Nationally, the NHS fleet and business travel account for around 4% of the NHS Carbon…

Electric vehicles drive down carbon emissions in and around Greater Manchester

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Outdoor air pollution is responsible for between 28,000 and 36,000 deaths in the UK every…

Solar power sparks an electrical future for Milton Keynes University Hospital

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Milton Keynes University Hospital (MKUH) opened in 1984 and most of the estate is now…

Drone deliveries of vital chemotherapy to the Isle of Wight

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People with cancer on the Isle of Wight are dependent on mainland providers for an…

Inhaler App – Supporting the ABUHB Decarbonisation Agenda with Technology

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Using the All-Wales Asthma & COPD guidelines and key elements of the ABUHB Decarbonisation strategy,…

Your Medicines Your Health (YMYH)

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YMYH supports the Welsh population to get the maximum benefit from their medication. To ensure…

University Hospitals Birmingham: A world first in carbon net zero surgery

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Operating theatres are an important focus in carbon reduction: they account for as much as…

NHS organisations cut desflurane in drive for greener surgery

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Widely used in everyday surgeries, anaesthetic and medical gases are responsible for around 2% of…

Reducing unnecessary cannulation at Charing Cross Hospital

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The emergency departments at St Mary’s Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital, both part of Imperial…

The gloves are off campaign: reducing unnecessary non-sterile glove use

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Overuse of non-sterile gloves have been seen to increase transmission of pathogens, cross contamination, and…

Reduction of wastage of linen and consumables in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) 2020

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This project aimed to reduce the waste of linen and consumables in the ICU.

Towards a Circular Economy in NHS Wales – Mobility Equipment Repair and Reconditioning

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Across Wales, there are approximately 60,000 individuals who are served by the Artificial Limb &…

Reducing plastic bag usage in Bronglais Hospital Pharmacy Department

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This project reviewed the method for transporting medications to patients on the wards from the…

Reducing disposable bag use within the Pharmacy Department at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Aims: • To reduce the number of bags used for inpatient supplies by >80%. •…

Preventing Food Waste in the Healthcare Sector

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The real cost of food waste The total cost of food waste to the healthcare…

Introduction of reusable coffee cups and food containers at Royal Cornwall Hospital

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Aim: Introduce and promote the use of re-usable cups and take away boxes in replacement…

A greener Hub – a more sustainable vision for medical education within the undergraduate Hub

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Project Aims: 1. Reduce the impact of our self-directed practice (SDP) rooms across the triple…

Cost savings and waste reduction through sustainable procurement

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In 2018, Hywel Dda University Health Board began exploring ways to save money and resources,…

Reducing the consumption of unnecessary blood samples and idle equipment, haematology lab team

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An initiative to make blood sampling more sustainable and less wasteful.

Reducing the carbon footprint of the rehabilitation engineering unit workshop

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An initiative in Wales to identify more sustainable material usage in a rehabilitation engineering unit…

Glucose testing SUSQI project report

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A project reducing the carbon footprint of blood tests.

Assessing piped nitrous oxide clinical use, wastage and environmental impact

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A project reducing unnecessary waste in Nitrous Oxide usage.

Changing from single use plastic to reusable metal specula

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An initiative reducing resource waste by swapping disposable specula for reusable ones.

Food Waste Recycling

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A Gloucestershire-based initiative to identify and reduce inappropriate food waste in hospital settings.

Diverting nappy/incontinence waste from deep landfill

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A project in Hywel Dda University Health Board that redirected nappy waste away from landfills…

Greener PPE: How we reduced PPE successfully!

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A project significantly reducing PPE in Northampton General Hospital.

Eliminate Duplicate Letters Sent To GP Surgeries – Endoscopy Team, 2019

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A project that stopped sending paper copies of endoscopy reports to GP surgeries in Tower…

Collaborative report of paper lite and contrast recycling projects, Endoscopy team

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A team project at Swansea Bay University Health Board in which endoscopy units significantly reduced…

Reducing paper usage in the Research and Innovation Team

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A project which significantly reduced printing in the Research and Development team of Northampton General…

VR and AI technologies enable patients to shape their own cancer treatment

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Case Study Velindre Cancer Centre Velindre Cancer Centre’s Bevan Exemplar project is pioneering new ways…

Improving the counselling and delivery of postnatal contraception

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Anu Ajakaiye, Noreen Haque, Maria Kaloudi and Ruth Roberts Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board Background:…

WIIN: WAST Improvement and Innovation Network Portal

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Jacqui Jones, Andeep Chohan and Jonathan Turnbull Ross Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust Background: Following…

Patient education: Consent for blood transfusion

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Joanne Gregory and Stephanie Ditcham Velindre University NHS Trust with WeAreQR and Vale People First This Bevan…

Triage with Tele (TWT): early brief intervention for children’s physiotherapy

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Sarah Roberts Aneurin Bevan University Health Board Background: Variations in gait (walking pattern), foot posture…

Using Health Psychology to Improve Adherence with Medicines

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Martin Davies (CTUHB), Emma Williams (CTUHB) and Anne Hinchliffe (PHW) Cwm Taf University Health Board…