Davies Veterinary Specialists becomes first Veterinary Practice to work with Sharpsmart

Davies Veterinary Specialists


6th March 2019

Davies Veterinary Specialists was the first veterinary practice to achieve accreditation from Investors in the Environment (iiE) in 2018 and now we are the first to work with leading clinical waste management company Sharpsmart. We were awarded Silver iiE accreditation for “making an excellent start to implementing an effective environmental management system” and for positioning the practice “as a green leader in its sector”.

Through our collaboration with Sharpsmart we now intend to continue our drive to innovate change in the industry, and share experience and knowledge on how to improve environmental practice performance.

Sharpsmart is the world’s safest and most environmentally responsible sharps and clinical waste management system, clinically proven to reduce sharps injuries and eliminate over 30% of sharps waste in its first year of use. Their innovative approach to making healthcare safer has helped facilities across the UK to:

  • Protect staff and patients by reducing sharps injuries by a minimum of 25% in year 1
  • Reduce associated CO2 emissions by as much as 95%
  • Dramatically reduce the use of single use plastics
  • Remove clinical waste from the patient environment
  • Reduce sharps disposal costs by an average of 30%
  • Meet and exceed goals with complimentary perpetual improvement programmes
  • Reduce total sharps management costs by up to 15%
  • Offer a wide range of point-of-use accessories including ANTT workstations
  • Provide bespoke, traceable training for all staff

Ellie West, anaesthetist at Davies Veterinary Specialists and Green Group leader said: “We are really excited to have the opportunity to be the first veterinary referral centre to be working with Sharpsmart and are already seeing great results in carbon reduction and we look forward to sharing our results later in 2019.”

Adrian Giles, Total Waste Program Manager for Sharpsmart continued: “We are delighted to be working with Davies Veterinary Specialists and ever since our first meeting we have been impressed with the level of interest and engagement across the organisation.

“Working with Davies has enabled us to showcase our safety engineered sharps system in a new and exciting arena where sharps safety and sustainability are a priority. The transition to Sharpsmart was seamless and was completed across the referral centre in a day without any challenges. Face-to-face training was provided to staff along with touch point education material. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Davies over the coming months and years.”

Davies Green Group will be holding the first ‘Sustainability CPD’ for referring vets on May 2nd 2019.

Ellie West explains:

“In August 2018, Davies Veterinary Specialists were awarded Silver Level Investors in the Environment accreditation for our Environmental Management Scheme. Run by the Sustainability Leads at Davies, this evening aims to increase your carbon literacy, explore the challenges and barriers to improving sustainability in your daily practice and find some positive solutions to implement sustainability. The challenges which we have faced at Davies will be explored, along with the co-benefits of sustainability to our business, and useful resources to help your veterinary practice to be more environmentally friendly and resilient will be highlighted.”

To book a CPD place click here

For further information contact our CPD team at: [email protected] or call us on 01582 883950

Davies has also produced a suite of Waste Segregation Posters which are proving popular with their referring practices. Click here to find out more and view the posters For more information or to receive print ready PDFs please contact [email protected]

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