There can be no better way of celebrating our 30th birthday and three decades of providing healthcare waste management services to over a million customers than with a HSJ partnership award. Stericycle has just won an HSJ Clinical Support Service award for its work delivering the Bio Systems Sharps Management service at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The award recognises providers and commissioners of clinical support services in the NHS that have improved efficiency, quality and value through service redesign or innovation.
It was a fantastic and timely reflection of the hard work and investment that Stericycle has put into making the collection, transport and treatment of clinical waste safe, cost-effective and sustainable for the last 30 years
Since Stericycle was first founded in Lake Forest, Illinois in 1989, it now has a presence in 22 countries managing healthcare waste services at over 650 locations worldwide. Stericycle employs 25500 team members, has a fleet of 6300 trucks and serves over 1,000,000 customers in the specialist disposal of clinical, infectious, hazardous, pharmaceutical, chemical, sharps, dental and veterinary waste.
Specialist waste requires a specialist approach and Stericycle has a proven track record in supporting local, national and international companies across both the public and private healthcare sectors.
In the UK, Stericycle is now one of the leading healthcare waste services provider, offering over 25,000 customers, including the NHS, an unrivalled infrastructure of waste treatment facilities, transfer stations and a comprehensive fleet of specialist vehicles.
However, it is not just Stericycle’s growth over the past 30 years that we are proud of, but our ever-evolving environmentally responsible and sustainable waste management methods.
As a waste business, it’s only natural that we are concerned about the environment and Stericycle’s treatment and disposal methods are based on industry regulations as well as best practices for the appropriate management of each waste stream.
Recycling is always Stericycle’s preferred method and over a third of the waste we collect is recycled. However, medical and hazardous wastes which can contain chemicals, certain viruses or other harmful substances require special treatment to protect human health and the environment. Where we can we make these waste treatment processes as sustainable as possible so they are neither harmful to the environment or deplete natural resources.
Our Bio Systems Sharps Management for which we won the HSJ Clinical Support Service Award is one of these sustainable services. Bio Systems is a safer and more sustainable alternative for sharps waste. Instead of putting sharps in single-use containers which are then incinerated, Stericycle provides reusable containers that are collected, emptied, disinfected and resupplied to the hospital. The containers can each be used up to 600 times after washing and disinfection.
In the short time the Bio Systems Sharps Management service has been in place at Salford Royal Foundation Trust, it has delivered tangible benefits for both the organisation and its staff.
We hope to continue providing, delivering and innovating these award-winning methods of sustainable, safe and cost-effective waste management services for many more years to come.
Vice President UK and Ireland
We are delighted that our Bio Systems Sharps Management service at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust has been nominated for an HSJ Clinical Support Service award in the HSJ partnership awards 2019. The award recognises providers and commissioners of clinical support services in the NHS that have improved efficiency, quality and value through service redesign or innovation.
Bio Systems Sharps Management is a unique service that has transformed the sharps disposal process. Instead of putting sharps in single-use containers which are then incinerated, Stericycle provides reusable containers that are collected, emptied, disinfected and resupplied to the hospital. The containers can each be used up to 600 times after washing and disinfection.
Working with Salford Royal Foundation trust, we introduced Bio Systems via a phased approach to ensure a smooth transition from single-use containers, with several trials operating in heavy usage areas within the hospital, such as Accident & Emergency, CCU and busy wards. Over a year, Bio Systems was introduced to all areas of the hospital. Staff were fully trained on how to use the containers and ancillary equipment during each phase of the implementation process.
In the short time the Bio Systems Sharps Management service has been in place, it has delivered tangible benefits for the trust and its staff. Eliminating single-use containers has created financial savings, as well as drastically lowering the CO2 emissions the process generates.
As the containers of sharps are removed from the site regularly and clean replacement containers are supplied on a daily basis, the trust no longer has a backlog of waste building up on the site. The introduction of Bio Systems has also meant a significant improvement in the safety of staff at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, as a Stericycle service technician handles the full containers. This has the added benefit of freeing up hospital porters to carry out other duties.
Being shortlisted is a fantastic acknowledgement of the hard work and investment that together with NHS trusts we are putting into making clinical waste management more sustainable and cost-effective. The winner of all the HSJ Partnership Awards will be announced at a black-tie event on 20th March and you can find out more about Bio Systems at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust here.
Vice President UK and Ireland
Re: Clinical Waste Capacity Issues
In light of the media reports and political statements that have emerged since 4th October 2018 concerning a clinical waste supplier – and the clinical waste market in general – I am writing to reassure you that Stericycle is fully committed to performing all of its contracted services to its customers.
As a long-standing, global provider of clinical waste services, we have the necessary resources, capacity and expertise to maintain services throughout the UK and Ireland to our usual high standards of service and compliance.
Stericycle is working closely with the government, regulators and other responsible suppliers to identify:
- sufficient disposal capacity to process the backlogs of clinical waste
- sufficient disposal capacity to meet ongoing Incineration and Alternative Treatment requirements
- robust contingency arrangements for any supply failure in the coming months
Stericycle has stepped in to help resolve such situations before, so we are sharing our experience and expertise with all stakeholders to ensure that compliant solutions can be found which will sustain the clinical waste market into the future.
Stericycle will treat all service requests fairly and responsibly. We will find solutions that work for all waste producers. In return, we ask that all our customers work in partnership with us during this time.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the current situation, please call Customer Service on 0333 240 4400 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and they will do their best to help you.
Vice-President, Stericycle UK & Ireland