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Sustainability Projects Officer - RBCH

Project Sustainability Projects Officer - RBCH
Employer Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital
Job Description

Job Title: Sustainability Projects Officer

Location: Bournemouth

Number of Positions: 1

Salary (per annum pro rata): £18,000

Start Date: ASAP

Length of Opportunity: 9 Months

Hours/Week: 17.5 hours (0.5 FTE)


This position is a part-time role for 9 months. The Sustainability Projects Officer (SPO) will work with the Trust’s Sustainability Team to drive forward sustainability engagement projects, as well as boosting the overall capacity of the Trust Sustainability Team, supporting and contributing to a range of projects. The SPO role is a fantastic platform for careers in sustainability as well as an opportunity to play a crucial role in the delivery of a successful environmental behaviour change programme within a busy hospital setting.

The Trust is committed to continually improve on minimising the impact of its activities on the environment, and in doing so reinforcing its commitments to the Sustainable Development Assessment Tool, Sustainable Development Goals and cost improvement.

We are:

A small, but extremely busy Sustainability Team, who sit within the Estates Department, and oversee the action being taken by the Trust to meet its carbon reduction targets and embed sustainability within all areas of the Trust.

The Trust recognises its impact and has made a corporate commitment to improving its environmental performance, and in such has produced a Sustainable Development Management Plan. This provides a framework for delivering our carbon reductions and key areas for action are energy management, sustainable travel, waste management, sustainable procurement and staff engagement.

The Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a medium acute trust, made up of 3 sites – the Royal Bournemouth Hospital, Christchurch Hospital and a Sterile Services Department based at Alderney Hospital in Poole. The Trust provides a wide range of hospital and community based care to a population of 550,000 based in the Dorset, New Forest and south Wiltshire areas.

We value:

  • Commitment to sustainability

  • Communication and enthusiasm

  • Supporting and promoting volunteers

  • Integrity and respect

We need:

An enthusiastic team player who has a passion for sustainability, the environment and behaviour change. This post will involve a coordinating and supportive role to ensure the effective implementation and impact of environmental behaviour change initiatives as well as supporting the sustainability team in other projects. Using your strong organisational and communication skills to engage and inspire people to achieve an increase in pro-environmental behaviours of staff within our hospitals.

The Sustainability Projects Officer will provide added capacity to enable successful delivery of the Trust’s engagement projects by the specified completion dates

This is a 9 month part-time post that will deliver staff engagement objectives but also enhance the capacity and impact of the sustainability team across the Trust as a whole.

You are:

  • A graduate.

  • An excellent communicator:

    • Able to comfortably express themselves and environmental issues verbally, in written text to a variety of different audiences as well as in one-to-one situations.

    • Experience and enthusiasm for articulating this through marketing materials (e.g. producing news items, a newsletter and creating on-line communities).

  • Knowledgeable of, and committed to, sustainability issues and their importance within a work environment (within NHS desirable).

  • Committed and motivated to complete the project and deliver the project’s aims.

  • A creative and innovative thinker and problem-solver who can formulate ideas and appropriately execute them.

  • ICT literate in all Office applications but especially Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

  • A conscientious organiser, able to plan and organise their work appropriately.

  • Able to motivate others into action.

In an ideal world, you are also:

  • Able to organise events, previous experience in either a voluntary or paid position.

  • Experienced or hold a relevant qualification in, communications, marketing or similar.

  • Experienced in project management and administration.

  • Experienced using Office Outlook, MS Project and/or any web content management programmes.

What’s in it for you?

This is a great opportunity to begin your career in sustainability. You will learn how to implement sustainability and behaviour change projects and meet like-minded professionals who are experts in their field.

The nature of this role will enable you to develop not only the skills and outputs required as part of Green Impact & Green Ward Competition, but also to work as an integral part of the Sustainability Team to create and drive forward further initiatives across the Trust’s staff, students and estate. The skills, experience and knowledge gained from this post will open up many opportunities for a wide-range of sustainability work.

The role may be able to be extended dependent upon its success and the development of any further needs that the Trust may have. Permanent work opportunities may arise within the team over the duration of the placement but timing and funding will influence the likelihood of any further opportunities for the graduate within the team.

You will be given full support and training by Change Agents UK for the duration of the 9 month position and also benefit from 1:1 Professional Coaching.

Key Responsibilities:

Coordinate and support the Green Impact & Green Ward Competition and other engagements projects to encourage pro-environmental behaviour change across the Trust and wider community.

Increase number of staff and patients with pro-environmental knowledge and awareness.

Successful delivery of the Trust’s Green Impact project by the specified completion dates.

Assist in the delivery of the Green Ward Competition.

Develop and drive forward wider environmental projects across the Trust.

Meet with stakeholders around the Trust (staff and patient groups) to encourage their early involvement in all of the planned communications through local launch of the projects.

Plan, deliver and evaluate the Green Impact project through amendment, distribution and collation of the Workbook in partnership with departmental teams.

Assist in the planning, facilitating, delivering and evaluating the Green Ward Competition, in partnership with the departmental teams and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

Recruit, coordinate and motivate teams of volunteers to drive forward the Trust’s Green Impact & Green Ward project through their involvement as departmental teams.

Ensure that all records and information are collated and disseminated effectively, in line with the requirements of the project, and facilitate discussion and drive forward agendas with key contacts and participants.

To assist the Sustainability Manager in conducting appropriate environmental surveys of relevance to the Project (for example, lights left on unnecessarily, windows left open, recycling bin contents).

Prioritise key tasks and workload to ensure successful delivery to time frames specified by the project aims, and actively network with other Sustainable Behaviour Assistants to ensure sharing of best practice across the sector.

Act as an ambassador for the project and ensure effective communication of its aims and objectives in liaison with internal and external stakeholders.

To assist with other projects relevant to staff engagement being conducted by the Sustainability Team.

To support the Sustainability Manager in editing and updating the Trust’s sustainability web site and other web pages that may be of integral use to the Green Impact project and other projects.

Organise and facilitate an Awards Ceremony for the participating departments in line with the timescales of the project and with the aim of celebrating the successes and impacts of the teams and the project.

Nitty Gritty Details:

Annual leave: 27 days annual leave and 8 bank holidays per annum pro rata.

Work outside normal hours: Possibility of some work outside normal hours to undertake audits.


Closing Date: Wednesday, 11th September

Telephone Interview Date: w/c 16th September

Interview Date: Tuesday, 24th September

This recruitment is being managed by Change Agents UK, please direct all correspondence to or call 01572 723419

Location Bournemouth
Salary £18,000 per annum pro rata
Application Deadline 2019-09-11
Interview Date 2019-09-24
Hours Per Week 17.50
Places Available 1

Closed - no further applications permitted