The NHS is showing incredible leadership and becoming a real international driving force for the reuse movement by embedding reuse of furniture and equipment into policies and practices.
NHS Trusts are now required to report this process by making a simple change to their reporting structures.
NHS Trusts are required to report their reuse performance, in particular for 2019/20, the weight of waste avoided, and the carbon avoided figures. Here is the new question in their data return...
Does the trust have a waste reuse scheme?
A platform or system which allows your organisation to reuse items e.g. furniture, IT, medical equipment, stationery etc.
Annual savings associated with reuse schemes are likely to be collected in the near future as £ and CO2, which is likely to be collected in the 2019-20 collection.
Trusts should ensure processes/systems are in place to capture this data.
Who has to report on this?
This responsibility falls on the Estates Department, who must report to ERIC. ERIC is not a person, but instead the Estates Return Information Collection, which you can learn more about here.
Warp It, the ready-made solution!
If NHS Trusts want a simple solution for this change, they should look no further than Warp It. We don’t want to blow our own trumpet too hard, but we’ve already welcomed much (25%) of the NHS onto the system to great effect, and our reports don’t just stop at waste and carbon, we also look at the time and financial savings made. As well as the value of donations to charity.
You can read more about our reporting metrics here.
Warp It is actually the NHS Supplier of the year
Our furniture reuse program was given this award in a moment that really summed up why large organisations need to reuse surplus assets. Shrinking NHS budgets helped us to get into hospitals, but once in, we’ve helped free up parts of budgets so that facilities could use their money more wisely.
If you want to learn more, this editorial piece is a great start.
The NHS are always trying to find ways to save money and using Warp It helps in a big way. Don't take our word for it, read the case studies from our NHS customers from all areas of the U.K. Reusing assets across, what can be very large estates, makes sense.