NHS Tayside’s Property Department picked up two prestigious national awards at the Scottish Health and Social Care Facilities Conference.
The awards, hosted by Health Facilities Scotland, are intended to encourage and acknowledge professional excellence across the wide range of topics covered by facilities staff in NHSScotland.
NHS Tayside picked up the Engineering and Energy Excellence Award for its energy efficiency programme to reduce energy consumption, improve sustainability and enhance the patient environment, and the Paul Taylor Award for the best overall submission.
Head of Property Mark Anderson said, “These awards confirm NHS Tayside’s ability to challenge conventional methods of service delivery and through partnership working deliver innovative solutions that provide cost effective and resilient services for the patients and staff of NHS Tayside.
“This project was complex and at times challenging but through the expertise of everyone involved, this was delivered without any impact on day-to-day services.”
Speaking about Tayside’s energy efficiency project, Director of Health Facilities Scotland Gordon James said, “This project is a game-changer for NHSScotland. This innovative solution has seen energy savings in excess of £2.7million realised in the first year of operation and more than 12,000 tonnes of greenhouse gases abated – more than a quarter of NHS Tayside’s total estate greenhouse gas submissions.
“For much of the summer, Ninewells Hospital ran almost entirely ‘off-grid’ meaning that during that period, it did not draw on a single kilowatt-hour from the national electricity grid. This model of delivering energy efficient retrofit projects has the potential to be replicated across the whole NHSScotland estate and will enable NHSScotland to meet Scottish Government climate change mitigation and energy efficiency targets going forward.
“This was an excellent submission. The judges were particularly impressed by the project team’s technical innovation and their procurement and funding mechanism which, if rolled out across NHSScotland, could lead to a genuine step-change in energy and carbon performance of the estate.”