Spire Healthcare's business is looking after people, which is why corporate social responsibility (CSR) is an integral part of our business. Our commitment to CSR is reflected in both our human resources and environmental policies, and the contributions we make to stakeholders and the local communities where we operate.
Staff development and recognition
In 2007 the Healthcare Commission acknowledged Spire Healthcare's superior recruitment and training approaches for its 1,000+ nursing staff. We invest heavily in staff training and development, and in addition to our unique degree and National Vocational Qualification programmes, almost 1,000 staff successfully completed courses in 2007 in acute illness and life support management.
We have introduced "Inspiring People" awards to recognise exceptional staff effort, and established an "Equity Partners Scheme" to ensure that our permanent employees profit from Spire's on-going commercial success.
We want our employment profile to be inclusive and diverse and we believe this will help our hospitals provide outstanding patient care.
Health, safety and the environment
Patient safety is central to all of Spire Healthcare's activities. Our high standards were recognised in 2008 when we were awarded the Laing & Buisson industry award for "Healthcare Outcomes Award" for our demonstration of clear evidence of genuine improvements in healthcare outcomes. This award demonstrates how Spire Healthcare is spearheading the drive for accountability and demonstrating clear clinical outcome data within the healthcare industry.
Our clinical waste management policy and systems enable us to minimise the volume of waste and any potential risks. Our general waste policies have seen:
- Energy conservation guidelines issued to each hospital designed to minimise the amount of electricity and gas consumed
- A programme introduced to collect and recycle plastic and cardboard packaging waste from our regional distribution centres
- The establishment of a carbon reporting system
Spire has a responsible and ethical purchasing policy that includes reviewing the cost and lifetime environmental and social impact of our purchasing decisions and applying a vendor's code of conduct.