Do you know a UHSussex staff member or colleague who works hard to ensure the Trust operates more sustainably, supporting our Green Plan aims to reach Net Zero by 2040?
Then now is your chance to nominate them for an Environmental Sustainability Champion award, one of several categories in our annual Patient First Star Awards 2023.
Last year’s event attracted more than 1,200 nominations, and Consultant Paediatrician Sharmila Jeyasingh was crowned Environmental Sustainability Champion for her awareness of the impact healthcare can have on the environment.
She was nominated by UHSussex colleague Cecilia Barry, who said at the time: “Sharmila’s awareness about the environment and especially the impact medicine has on sustainability, means that she spends time with patients and parents when talking about medication and encourages liquids in plastic or glass bottles versus foil sachets, which are more difficult to recycle currently.
“Recently our team meetings have had visits from pharmaceutical reps and one of Sharmila’s main questions, apart from efficacy and ease of administration, is the recyclability of all packaging and the company’s carbon footprint.”
In recognition for her work at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital, Sharmila was invited by Boris Johnson to attend a reception celebrating the 74th anniversary of the NHS and the Adult Social Care system. She joined 100 other health professionals for the garden party at Number 10 Downing Street.
How to nominate
Please complete the nomination form on the Patient First STAR Awards 2023 page of our website to submit your Environmental Sustainability Champion nomination before the deadline of 10 March 2023.
STAR Award winners will be chosen by our panel of judges from nominations made by colleagues, patients and the public, and announced at the glittering awards ceremony in June.