Environment: Day Lewis helps to save the environment through recycling bins, reducing carbon footprint, their Cycle to Work Scheme and recycling batteries. We have also replaced all plastic bags with paper recycled prescription bags.
As part of their commitment to the community, Day Lewis encourages all the pharmacy teams to support local charities and sponsor local events, such as fund-raising activities. In the company’s commitment to helping their colleagues engage in community-based projects, Day Lewis established an annual charity fun day, in which both their pharmacy and support office teams are invited to nominate a local health related charity of their choice and to raise funds for this charity.
This is the eight year and response from colleagues has been overwhelming; since the start of these annual charity days, Day Lewis teams have raised an incredible £800,000. This total has been matched pound for pound by the KCJC Foundation, which is a significant aspect of this tradition, subsequently meaning that £800,000 has been raised for local charities to date.
Day Lewis continues to support Dementia Friend. A large majority of the Day Lewis team are now qualified Dementia Friends. Many of the pharmacy members strive to link up with local dementia groups and raise awareness of dementia. Many have gone on to become accredited as Dementia Champions – volunteers who encourage others to make a positive difference to people living with dementia in their community.
In support of the group’s caring family culture and as a health care provider offering healthy living advice to our pharmacy customers, Day Lewis encourages their colleagues and their families to focus on healthy living behaviour. This also provides an opportunity for education on particular areas such as exercise or smoking cessation. Day Lewis will continue to develop these initiatives and look to work with national campaigns that can provide resources, education and tools to support its healthy living workplace.
Since 2012, Day Lewis has been participating in GSK’s “Complete the Cycle” scheme, which aims to reduce the impact on the environment caused by the landfill disposal of inhalers. Indeed, the components of inhalers are recovered and converted into electricity or heat using the ‘waste to energy’ process.
A fantastic fit with the Day Lewis brand, the group’s collaboration with GSK has benefited patients by reassuring them that their inhalers are responsibly recycled.
Over 50,000 inhalers have been collected in the last year, resulting in a 400 tonnes saving of CO2, equivalent to 70 VW car trips around the world. The returned inhalers also help shape conversations about medicines optimisation and wastage – ultimately helping patients get the most from their medicines and manage their condition effectively.
Day Lewis continually strives to behave ethically and contribute to economic development whilst improving the quality of life of the workforce, their families, local communities and society at large.
Community: The group helps local communities by providing services that support their customers. These include prescription collection and delivery service, supporting carer’s week and fundraising for local charities throughout the year.
Workplace: The company is committed to listening to its colleagues with colleague satisfaction surveys, forums, training and health and safety procedures. The launch of the Day Lewis Academy is an excellent example of this.
We have also partnered with Health Assured to ensure all colleagues have access to mental health resources.
Marketplace: Day Lewis endeavours to offer excellent customer service and be a preferred industry supplier and partner. This includes care home medication management, working closely with the company’s suppliers and working alongside pharmacy bodies such as the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, The General Pharmaceutical Council, The Centre for Pharmacy Post Graduate Education based at the University of Manchester and the National Pharmacy Association. Strong links have also been built with Pharmacy Schools at the University of Bath, University College London, University of East Anglia, University of Portsmouth and the University of Reading.