Return and recycle walking frames, sticks and crutches

As a result of eight Small Change Matters ideas submitted by staff, the procurement department launched a project to try and reduce the purchase of new walking frames, sticks and crutches.

Corporate Communications ran a ‘Zimmer Amnesty’ campaign which started in September 2019, with posters, radio ads and social media encouraging unused patient aids to be returned and re-used.

The Board enlisted Haven Ltd, who are one of our supported businesses, to clean and test returned aids prior to them being re-issued to clinics.

The social media campaign was incredibly successful and to date has reached nearly 194,000 people; it was shared 2,000 times, liked 760 times and with 311 comments. As of December 2019 a total of 170 walking aids have been issued for re-use, resulting in a cost saving of approximately £5,000.

Helena Renwick, Financial Improvement Programme Manager, said: “The interest and success of the campaign during the early stages gives us confidence that the general public are fully supportive, which will hopefully lead to a longer term sustainable programme.”

Remember to keep sending in your ideas to: www.nhsggc.org.uk/smallchangematters