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As the NHS holds its national Sustainability Day, South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (SSSFT) has been recognised for Excellence in Sustainability Reporting.

Sustainability Day, which takes place on 22 March, gives the health sector an opportunity to highlight the important role sustainable development can play in health service delivery.

SSSFT has received a Certificate of Excellence which was awarded by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit following a review of all trust and commissioner published sustainability reports. SSSFT included its report in its Annual Report and Accounts 2016-17 which can be found on the Trust website at http://www.sssft.nhs.uk/about/publications/annual-reports

The report contains information on the Trust’s carbon footprint, water usage and policies on sustainable energy usage, travel and procurement. The aim is to provide transparent reporting across all activity – social, economic and environmental efficiency.

Monika Hornakova, the Trust’s Energy Manager says “as a major employer and significant user of energy and resources, we recognise our responsibility to have sustainable policies and practices. The Sustainability Report provides an opportunity to reassure local people of our commitment to this agenda and to share good practice from across the health and social care sector”.