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Pictured: James Dixon, Head of Sustainability

Our sustainability manager, James, wins national award


The Head of Sustainability at Newcastle Hospitals has won a national award for his longstanding commitment to delivering environmentally sustainable healthcare services at the NHS Trust.

James Dixon, a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, was presented with the Sustainable Healthcare Leader of the Year accolade by Professor Lord Robert Winston at the Sustainable Health and Care Awards and gala dinner.

On the night, Newcastle Hospitals were also highly commended in the Our People category, for employee engagement, diversity and equality and health and wellbeing promotion. Newcastle Hospitals Breast Cancer Care team were also highly commended in the Care and Clinical Practice category for improving outcomes following surgery.

The awards were created to highlight and celebrate the fantastic sustainable development work across the NHS, social care and public sector, providing organisations, teams and individuals the opportunity to showcase their projects.

James Dixon has worked as an environmental sustainability professional for over 15 years and in this time has driven several organisations forward on their journeys. Since joining the Trust as Waste Manager in 2010 James has worked hard to embed sustainability throughout the organisation and is now the Head of Sustainability and Compliance.

Some of his many achievements include: establishing a board-approved sustainable healthcare strategy, creating a network of 300 green champions across the trust, increasing recycling rates, and producing annual sustainability reports consistently rated excellent by the Sustainable Development Unit.

James’ commitment to sustainable healthcare has helped other NHS organisations on their journey by establishing prominent regional and national sustainability networks.

James said, “it is an honour to be named the first ever Sustainable Healthcare Leader of the Year. I am very proud of everything I have achieved so far at Newcastle Hospitals; where we are lucky to have a large cohort of staff that are passionate about delivering environmentally sustainable healthcare at its very best.”

Speaking about the awards, Sonia Roschnik, the director of the Sustainable Development Unit, said: “We’re delighted to be recognising the excellent work being carried out across the NHS, health and social care sector to deliver an environmentally, socially and economically sustainable system.

“We hope this will inspire us all to continually improve our services, reduce our impacts and work collaboratively across the sector as a means of driving improved health for all.

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