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UHNM saving lives with solar scheme is highly commended at the HSJ Awards 2022

A unique partnership between University Hospitals of North Midlands and Staffordshire-based charity Beat the Cold which helps prevent vulnerable people from being readmitted to hospital because they are living in cold damp conditions has been highly commended at this year’s Health Service Journal Awards.

Saving Lives with Solar has helped over 400 households’ since it was launched between UHNM and Staffordshire-based charity Beat the Cold and leads the NHS Net Zero Strategy. The scheme uses solar panels to obtain cheaper energy, and the cost savings are then invested in providing free support mechanisms to patients, who are living in fuel poverty and in turn improves patient outcomes.

Following the comprehensive and lengthy assessment process – overseen by a panel of dedicated industry professionals - UHNM was awarded the accolade of highly commended in the Towards Net Zero category.

Through the combined efforts of UHNM, a community social enterprise and Beat the Cold charity, a bespoke support package is available to alleviate cold, damp homes and provide affordable warmth.

Lorraine Whitehead, UHNM Director of Estates, Facilities and PFI, said: “I am really proud of our Sustainability and Transformation Team in forging the successful partnership with Beat the Cold, SSCE and investors and our clinical teams for all their support in making this happen at UHNM.   

“This is a fantastic scheme making such a difference to the lives of our most vulnerable elderly and respiratory patients. 

“My congratulations and thanks go to all and wouldn’t it be great to see it adopted more widely across the NHS.” 

Thomas Bostock, Development and Partnerships Manager at Beat the Cold, said: “This is brilliant news! Well done to everyone. It makes a huge difference to our beneficiaries and the support has been life changing for some.

“In this current climate your help is immense.”

The 2022 event which was held at Evolution London, Thursday November 17, reflected the HSJ Awards’ 42-year heritage of sharing best practice, improving patient outcomes and celebrating better service - but most importantly, in providing a well-deserved thanks to the health and social care sector.

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