Prince Charles commended Paul Featherstone for his pioneering approach to sustainable development within the NHS… now the award winning expert has joined the team at Tameside Hospital to create a better health environment for patients and staff.
His goal as the new Director of Estates and Facilities is to improve the way the Trust adapts to reduce climate change by concentrating on air pollution, minimising waste and cutting down the use of plastics.
Karen James, Chief Executive says that as an Integrated Care Organisation, the Trust has already taken various steps to reduce its impact on the environment through the delivery of a number of projects, policies and procedures. These include waste and travel policies, cycle to work schemes, carbon reduction plans and the introduction of combined heat and power units.
She adds: “As a major employer within Tameside and Glossop, we play an important role in contributing towards a greener and healthier environment. Tameside and Glossop is ranked in the top 35 of the most deprived local authorities, and has the highest premature death rate for heart disease in England. Healthy life expectancy is 5.7 years lower for men and women than the national average. All of these issues are made worse by a number of environmental factors such as air-quality and other lifestyle influences such as obesity and inactivity.
“Paul is experienced and forward-thinking. He has previously worked for some of the largest NHS Trusts in the country at the most senior level, and brings with him a great deal of knowledge, which will be of huge benefit to our organisation.”
Paul, who is married with a teenage son, has been a Chartered Surveyor for the past 25 years and holds first class honours and Master’s degrees from the University of Salford and is also an external examiner at Liverpool John Moore’s University. He is a past winner of the Ashden Award, which is recognised globally as a mark of excellence in the field of green energy.
He says the NHS, with its focus on improving health and wellbeing and preventing illness, has a major role to play in improving sustainability. It is the largest employer in Europe with the largest property portfolio and has an annual budget of over £100 billion.
He adds: The Trust has recently endorsed and confirmed its support for the specific carbon reduction pledges included in the Greater Manchester Combined Authority 5 -Year Environmental Plan, which provides a city-region approach to sustainability along with a framework for delivering a range of Greater Manchester environmental ambitions and targets.
“And there are a number of exciting, overlapping agendas being implemented both regionally and locally to enhance and improve sustainability, all of which will impact to a lesser or greater degree upon the Trust’s own requirement to develop its own plans. I am very much looking forward to working with Karen and the team to bring about change.”