NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board has always been keen to promote sustainable travel options to employees. Over time, demand for staff parking has increased, highlighting that a reduction in single occupancy vehicles travelling to its hospital sites was needed.
The opening of the Queen Elizabeth University Hospitals campus in Glasgow presented an opportunity to further promote the NHSGGC Liftshare scheme as part of a coordinated objective to reduce reliance on single occupancy vehicle journeys and promotion of sustainable and active travel.
Other measures in workforce planning contributed to engaging employees such as standardised shift patterns to increase the prospect of staff finding matches travelling at the same time, as well as using the induction process as a tool to encourage car sharing as a travel option from day one.
The hospitals used Liftshare Week 2015 to encourage behaviour change and incentivise employees to sign up. Liftshare Week also had a £250 cash prize draw incentive, seeing an increase in the number of NHSGGC staff registering to share their journeys.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s approach towards car sharing has resulted in 1,515 employees registering to share their journeys to and from work, and 552 confirmed as sharing on a regular basis.
- Manages demand for car parking spaces
- Enhances the hospitals’ ethos of encouraging a healthy and balanced lifestyle amongst staff
- Enables employees to network, meet new colleagues and make new friends
- Contributes towards environmental and sustainability targets
- Preserves the hospitals’ reputation, ensuring growth as a sustainable business
- Saves employees money – cost saving £449,365*
- Encourages ‘green thinking’ amongst its workforce
- Reduces levels of single occupancy vehicles on-site, reducing carbon emissions, pollution and noise
- Saves 598.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions*
- Miles saved through car-sharing 1,817,227 miles*
* based on a 12 month forecast from the confirmed journeys through the Liftshare system