Trust Staff Awarded Energy Bursaries


Staff within the Trust have been awarded energy bursaries thanks to the generous support from SSE Airtricity.

The bursaries are awarded to those staff who have demonstrated that they have a passion for tackling environmental sustainability issues. The Trust encourages staff to engage with the environment and embrace new technology that will benefit the health and wellbeing of our communities.

Claire McCawley, Garden Manager on the Downshire Hospital site was awarded £3,600 for the ecological enhancement of the Victorian Garden on the Downshire site. The Victorian Garden Project has now run successfully for over 23 years on a small budget, with the ethos of the garden to be as environmentally friendly as possible. The garden runs on free maintenance provided by the Probation Board of Northern Ireland, giving local offenders a chance to work at a court order. These young and old people are trained in all aspects of garden maintenance, growing plants, making peat-free compost, wood-work projects, as well as giving an understanding of the environment around them. This has been a great success and over the years has brought many awards. This money will be used to replant areas that have become tired, the replanting of trees, rebuilding composting structures and the purchase of a wood chipper to make mulch.

Philip Beattie who is a Graduate Engineer within the Trust was awarded £1,000 to help further his studies with his PgDip/MSc Renewable Energy and Energy Management course.  Energy has a major impact within the healthcare environment and Philip wishes to expand his knowledge within this field to help reduce the Trust’s carbon foot print. This course provides a great understanding on how to develop energy management strategies, renewable energy technologies, the reduction of energy usage, and ensuring energy is being used logically and not being wasted.  Through completion of this course, Philip can help contribute to improve the overall healthcare estate for users and the environment and contribute to reducing energy bills, overall carbon footprint whilst ensuring the Trust upholds the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management.  

Caroline Indome also a Graduate Engineer within the Trust was awarded £1,000 which will be used to help further her studies with her PgDip/MSc Renewable Energy and Energy Management course. During her time studying and through work experience in the Trust, Caroline has become more aware on all aspects of energy efficiency and renewable energy.  On completion of the course, Caroline believes she will have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the scientific and technological issues concerning energy systems – which is the ideal preparation for contributing with the Trust’s aim to reduce the impact energy consumption has on the environment and meet national and international laws and regulations.

Robert Spence, Head of Specialist Services, South Eastern HSC Trust said: “I would like to thank SSE Airtricity for funding these bursaries which will provide our staff to further develop their skills and knowledge in improving energy management and environmental standards within the Trust.  I would encourage staff to apply for this bursary when applications open next year.”

Steven Ferguson, SSE Airtricity Corporate Sales Manager, said: “At SSE Airtricity we are delighted to partner with local Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. SSE Airtricity is a company founded on the principles of sustainability and renewable power, and we are particularly proud to be supporting this initiative which will help build a better world of energy.”



Pictured L/R:  Clare McCawley, Steven Ferguson (SSE Airtricity), Neil Guckian (Director of Finance & Estates, South Eastern HSC Trust), Caroline Indome & Philip Beattie