Royal Free Hospital
The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust has 900 beds and sees approximately 700,000 patients a year. It is one of the largest employers (4,600 people) in North West London, with an annual turnover of about £450 million. The UK Government is targeting such large organisations through initiatives like the CRC (Carbon Reduction Commitment) Energy Efficiency Scheme, which came into effect in April 2010.
The hospital has already developed a carbon management and implementation plan, including activities to reduce energy consumption and “develop and promote a more ‘Green’ culture” (RFH, 2008, p5). This case site thus provides a unique opportunity to examine the wider impacts upon employees (across both their work and home practices) of interventions initiated within a large public sector organisation.