Non-job of the week

September 20, 2012 10:09 AM

A quick glance at the NHS jobs website will tell you there are over 150 executive vacancies. I'll leave it up to you to decide if you think they are all essential, however when one of the new Commissioning Support Units requires two Customer Services Directors, paying £115K each, it does make you wonder.

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust is looking for a new Head of Environmental Sustainability. This is all to do with the Trust's desire to reduce its carbon footprint in line with the Department of Health's report 'Saving Carbon, Improving Heath'. This report was published in 2009 by the Sustainable Development Unit.

The fact the Trust is looking for a new Head of Environmental Sustainability implies the new recruit will not be working alone. How many people are in the Environmental Sustainability team? Do all PCTs have a similar team? How many people work in the NHS Sustainable Development Unit? I ask these questions because reducing energy consumption naturally brings with it financial benefits, and this is outlined in the job advert.

What concerns me is that rather than do the simple things like ensuring lights are turned off when no-one is using a room, computers are switched off when no-one is using them, or the heating isn't belting out at full blast when most of the windows are open, the NHS instead employs an army of bureaucrats. I've said it before, and I won't apologise for saying it again, when Windsor and Maidenhead Council installed smart meters energy consumption fell by 15% overnight. They did this without employing climate change officers, environmental sustainability officers, or whatever you want to call them. Food for thought as the NHS continues to look for financial savings.

 

 

 A quick glance at the NHS jobs website will tell you there are over 150 executive vacancies. I'll leave it up to you to decide if you think they are all essential, however when one of the new Commissioning Support Units requires two Customer Services Directors, paying £115K each, it does make you wonder.

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust is looking for a new Head of Environmental Sustainability. This is all to do with the Trust's desire to reduce its carbon footprint in line with the Department of Health's report 'Saving Carbon, Improving Heath'. This report was published in 2009 by the Sustainable Development Unit.

The fact the Trust is looking for a new Head of Environmental Sustainability implies the new recruit will not be working alone. How many people are in the Environmental Sustainability team? Do all PCTs have a similar team? How many people work in the NHS Sustainable Development Unit? I ask these questions because reducing energy consumption naturally brings with it financial benefits, and this is outlined in the job advert.

What concerns me is that rather than do the simple things like ensuring lights are turned off when no-one is using a room, computers are switched off when no-one is using them, or the heating isn't belting out at full blast when most of the windows are open, the NHS instead employs an army of bureaucrats. I've said it before, and I won't apologise for saying it again, when Windsor and Maidenhead Council installed smart meters energy consumption fell by 15% overnight. They did this without employing climate change officers, environmental sustainability officers, or whatever you want to call them. Food for thought as the NHS continues to look for financial savings.

 

 

 

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