Belfast Health & Social Care Trust – Waste Management Audit

Belfast Health & Social Care Trust - Waste Management Audit

The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust came into existence on 1st April 2007 and is one of five in place throughout Northern Ireland. It manages the health care of approximately 340,000 people living in the city of Belfast and part of the borough of Castlereagh. With an annual budget of approximately £1bn (spending about £3m each day) and a staff of 20,000, it is one of the largest Trusts in the United Kingdom.

The Trust provides a wide range of integrated health services to the wider community incorporating Royal Victoria Hospital (including the Royal Maternity and Children’s Hospital), Belfast City Hospital, Musgrave Park Hospital, Forster Green Hospital, Knockbracken and 100+ Health Centres. The Trust also manages residential homes providing care to the elderly, etc.

Practical Waste Solutions Ltd already provides environmental, waste management and H&S training to the Trust, ensuring a high level of competency for healthcare staff. In addition to the training and assessment activities, we were commissioned by the Trust to provide a robust audit of all waste management processes in place.

The audit assisted the Trust in realising a variety of cost savings internally adopting enhanced pragmatic systems and adopting a more streamlined approach to their waste management resources. The Trust employs a number of subcontract waste services throughout the City and these operations were also reviewed as part of the audit identifying potential cost saving strategies affected by contractual care.