Dorset NHS bodies will use the app and website as part of the sustainability program

Five NHS organizations across Dorset are to use a data platform with a bespoke website and app as part of a new sustainability program to engage staff in their net zero ambitions.

University Hospitals Dorset, Dorset County Hospital NHS and Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trusts, along with NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust plan to roll out the Ecoearn program to over 24,000 staff across the county.

They work with sustainability engagement company Jump to encourage staff to change their behavior, work as a team and earn ‘green points’ which can be converted into vouchers to be used in local, sustainable stores.

The platform provides staff with access to sustainability information and a function to calculate their personal carbon emissions, and allows organizations to track metrics such as staff engagement, avoided carbon emissions and electricity saved.

The website and app are due to launch this month, and the scheme will contribute to Dorset’s healthcare sustainability strategy for 2020-25.

Move coherently

Stuart Lane, Head of Sustainability and Carbon at Dorset University Hospitals, said: “We are delighted to have launched the first-of-its-kind collaborative ICS sustainability program which will help us all as a group of organizations to Dorset Healthcare to make consistent progress towards our net zero goal.

“The Ecoearn program is already creating a buzz among UHD staff and we are excited to start competing for green points.”

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