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The Hilditch Group - Re-Use Champions For 28 Years 

Building Better Healthcare Awards

On the 30th October 2019 the Building Better Healthcare magazine held their awards ceremony in London. This annual event recognises and rewards the amazing efforts being made to improve health and care services worldwide.

There were a plethora of categories covering innovation, architecture, people, products and services that are helping to transform patient care. The Hilditch Group came second in the ‘Best Recycle or Reuse Project’, narrowly missing out to this year’s winners the West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and their ‘Return, Recycle, Reuse’ initiative.

The Hilditch Group was recognised for its achievements in changing the view on how hospitals handle their redundant medical equipment over the last 3 decades. Since 1990 the Hilditch Group has been at the forefront of the resale of redundant specialist medical devices which largely prior to this would have been sold for scrap. This has helped vastly reduce environmental impact; not only for reducing the amount of biohazardous material entering public and environmental circulation, but also helps companies fulfil their responsibility to the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive. This saves on the number of items headed for the landfill, and also saves waste managers’ time having to organise where this surplus equipment is stored or disposed of. This can also generate significant return for the health trust concerned to be able to plough back into patient services.

Building Better Healthcare Awards Article

The Hilditch Group was praised for its involvement in charitable work over the decades, which is included in its business model. Particularly of note was Mike and Nicky Hilditch’s founding of the Amalthea Trust in 2006, with the specific aim to improve medical engineering projects in developing countries through training programmes, and the provision of test equipment and workshop facilities. The charity assists in developing training programmes by a number of means, either sponsoring UK engineers to visit hospitals in order to develop training programmes and train personnel, or providing funding for existing medical engineering departments to upgrade training facilities, as well as offering apprenticeships and sponsoring training in situ. Since its inception, the Amalthea Trust has grown to provide training programmes for bio-medical engineers in both Uganda and Ethiopia. Securing regular funding, the Amalthea Trust now only requires administrative support and a few charitable auctions from the Hilditch Group to keep the training going.

The West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust is a long-standing user of the Hilditch Group’s medical equipment resale services. Their ‘Return, Recycle, Reuse’ project promotes the return of community equipment. This social care equipment amnesty has saved around £3.5m in returned items, and was developed following patient feedback. The Trust’s excellent patient/hospital relations also gained them a win in the ‘Patients’ Choice’ category.

To find out more about the organisations mentioned in this article, please follow the links below.

Amalthea Trust
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust 
Building Better Healthcare Awards 
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