Estates & Ancillary
Individual or Team Nomination?
In these challenging times, nominators were asked to show how the nominee had demonstrated the following qualities:
- Exceptional work ethic - going above and beyond their job description, especially in the past 12 months.
- Outstanding achievement/s in work or outside of the organisation where relevant.
- Drive for innovation and proactive leadership in these challenging times.
- High level of interpersonal skills, such as kindness, empathy, loyalty and thoughtfulness to staff and patients.
- A resilience considering Covid to their role and to the health and wellbeing of their colleagues.
Nominee's story :
CUH is one of only a few NHS run clinical waste incinerators in the country, the last 12 months have been exceptional to say the least! Jim is the lead engineer for the Environmental Services Team, operating and managing two clinical waste incinerators and a Boiler house and direct responsibility for a team of 4 Incinerator Shift Managers and 5 Senior Incinerator Assistants which operate over a 24 hour period, 365 days a year, and Jim and the team of course continued to ensure CUH had these services delivered.
Jim often goes above and beyond to ensure the needs of his team and the service are met and during the pandemic this certainly didn't change. Incinerating waste is not just 'setting fire to things', it has to be controlled and managed to ensure strict regulations are met, and this of course continued during the pandemic. He is truly a 'guru' when it comes to incineration, and is often approached by others in the field for his expert knowledge and experience.
The pandemic brought a new challenge, not only dealing with our own Hospital waste but trying to help other Trusts /companies who were in a situation where waste was not being collected by their contractors, due to the effects of the pandemic, and Jim was at the fore front of this. Nothing is ever too much trouble for Jim, starting early and staying late.
Jim is also at the forefront of innovation, working closely with our sustainability and energy team, he is always looking at new ways to improve the ways in which we collect, transport and dispose of our own waste, to ways that improve the plant operations and throughput of waste, maximising plant capacity, and delivering an exemplar service to CUH regardless of the pandemic.
When people are asked about the pandemic and the NHS, it is almost always mentioned how well the nurses and doctors coped but very little is mentioned what happens behind the scenes, the people who are not seen but are carrying out an equally critical job in maintaining waste disposal and Boiler House, to keep our patients and staff warm, especially when highlighted how infectious COVID-19 was. Jim is one of these people and without us here, we would have potentially been in the same situation as other Trust's with waste mountains, we on the other hand were assisting with the disposal and situation at many local and national hospitals.