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Colleagues from the RCHT are invited to enter the Green Team Competition

Continuing our promise to put sustainability at the heart of everything we do, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust is making it possible for 6 teams across our services to take part in the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare’s (CSH) flagship sustainable leadership programme, the Green Team Competition.
The Green Team Competition is an award-winning leadership and engagement programme, which aims to transform healthcare by cutting carbon, improving patient care and staff experience, and saving money. The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare have been successfully reducing environmental impact and building social value in healthcare through the Green Ward Competitions for 9 years. Previous impact reports and case studies for CSH can be found here.

The 6 teams that are selected to take part in the competition will receive mentoring in sustainable healthcare, starting with a bespoke 90-minute, interactive, online workshop for each team. During the workshops, the facilitators use a range of methods to help teams generate ideas for a sustainability project in their ward or department.

Teams run projects over 10 weeks with mentoring from The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, during which teams make a change and measure impact (with the guidance of a mentor from CSH). At the end of the 10-week project period the teams submit a project write up (including their data and data interpretation).

All teams will present their projects to an appreciative audience at an online, interactive judging and award gathering, which is to be held in late 2022. A cash prize to be reinvested into a sustainability project will be awarded to the team whose project has made the greatest impact in increasing the sustainability in our hospitals, or that has the greatest potential to do so.

You do not need to have a project idea before you attend the workshop. We suggest having two project leads to actively manage the project; these leads should be capable of engaging others and putting together a project team.

A project team is a group that have come together to run a sustainable quality improvement project as part of the competition. This means that they do not need to be part of the same clinical team, department, or professional group. The team should have an area of work in common (e.g. a care pathway, like the acute stroke pathway) but can be from different specialties or professional groups. It is participation in the competition that is the defining feature of a Green Team.

The application period is now open. All applications must be submitted before the closing date of Tuesday 30th November at 5pm. After this, the shortlisting process will begin. Successful shortlisted teams will be contacted on Friday 10th December 2021.

If you’re interested in bringing together and leading a Green Team to run a project that will make your work more environmentally sustainable, please email Heather, our Sustainability Lead, on

Added on 25 October 2021, in News - Trust Improvement

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