NHS Leadership Academy programme wins Green Apple Award

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The NHS Leadership Academy is celebrating after its Aspiring Chief Executive programme was recognised in the ‘Environmental Best Practice’ category at this year’s Green Apple Awards.

The programme won the award for their use of Sonru – a type of video interviewing software. It was used during the initial stage of the recruitment process to shortlist candidates from across the UK, minimising the need for travel.

The Green Apple Awards began in 1994 and work to recognise, reward and promote environmental best practice across the world.

Chris Lake, head of professional development at the Academy said: “I’m really pleased that the Aspiring Chief Executive programme has been recognised in the Green Apple awards.

“The programme plays an important role to support those people with the talent to take up chief executive positions, and helps to develop them both professionally and personally.

“Using innovative software like Sonru has provided us with a sustainable alternative to face-to-face interviews, saving us time and resources as well as reducing the negative impact on the environment.”

Daniel Richard, managing director of Sonru, said: “On behalf of Sonru, I’m delighted that Chris and his team in the NHS Leadership Academy won this prestigious International Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice for their pioneering use of video interviewing. Sonru is by its very essence a sustainable alternative to face-to-face interviews built entirely with the aim of removing the adverse environmental effects of people (clients and candidates) travelling to and from preliminary interviews.”

The Aspiring Chief Executive programme is a collaboration between the NHS Leadership Academy, NHS Improvement and NHS Providers. Designed with national and international experts in health and organisational performance, the yearlong programme offers support and learning to individuals who aspire to be chief executives, supporting them to build their personal resilience, confidence and capability.