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    NHS Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

    NHS workplace story

    Inmotion! trains volunteers to help hospital visitors to make the most of public transport

    Our own Inmotion! Travel Advisor Laura Fish has been training Sheffield Teaching Hospitals volunteers so they can help patients, visitors and staff alike to make the best of public transport connections to Sheffield hospitals.

    In a series of training sessions, Laura has been demonstrating Travel South Yorkshire’s website travelling tools, how to find out about different routes and different services, different ticket options and how to offer appropriate information for different needs. 

    “The idea is that we’ll have tablets around the hospitals connected to the Travel South Yorkshire website, so the volunteers can help anyone by searching routes, finding bus stops and advising on the best public transport option to and from the hospitals”, explained Laura.

    On top of the iPads, live departure screens referring to the bus stops around the Northern General will also be installed at the hospital, to make it even easier for customers to travel by public transport.
    “The volunteers will act as public transport champions, encouraging more people to use the bus and tram.”

    Carrie McKenzie, who manages the Voluntary Services at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, is in a great place to set a good example: “I walk, cycle or take the bus everywhere. I’ve done that all my career, and I do feel healthier for that”.

    As the Northern General hospital sits in one of the areas with highest air pollution levels in Sheffield, and as vehicle emissions are one of the main sources of this pollution, the aim is to encourage more and more people to leave their cars at home when heading to and from the hospital.

    Twelve different bus services operate in the area, which is served by 19 bus stops. There are also 11 services that operate around the Royal Hallamshire and surrounding Weston Park and Charles Clifford teaching hospitals, which are served by nine bus stops. Passengers can find information about services, stops and destinations at the Travel South Yorkshire website’s hospital guide.

    The Sheffield Teaching Hospitals receive around two million visits a year. 


    Mott MacDonaldMott MacDonald

    Inmotion! supports global engineering, management and development consultancy with relocation

    When global engineering, management and development consultancy Mott MacDonald relocated their Sheffield office to state-of-the-art city centre premises there was one challenge for employees – there were no parking spaces. 

    However, this gave the consultancy’s staff that commute the chance to think seriously about leaving their car keys at home and consider embracing new ways to travel to and from work. And now – a year after its move – and with the ongoing support of the Inmotion! team, Mott MacDonald has a workforce which is committed to cycling, walking and using public transport.

    “Working with Inmotion! has helped us enormously,” said Kathryn Close, transport planner at Mott MacDonald.

    “It’s meant so much to have that support and understanding about the challenges we have faced and the things we’ve set out to achieve.”

    Prior to the move, Inmotion! travel advisor Autumn Hague went to meet the Mott MacDonald team and provided a travel surgery, which involved her talking to people about how sustainable transport could help them individually.

    “The staff here really like Autumn – she has made them feel really comfortable and at ease,” said Kathryn. “It’s nice to have her insight and she keeps us informed about things that are happening with sustainable travel.

    In the past year, the consultancy has seen an increase both in the number of people cycling to and from work and those using public transport. It’s a testament to our staff – they took on the challenge of moving to a new office without parking facilities,” said Kathryn. “They’ve embraced all the incentives we’ve introduced and we have excellent facilities in the new offices for those who cycle in.”

    Moving to city centre offices without any parking spaces has been described by staff as a ‘brilliant’ move.

     “We’ve seen the number of people cycling to and from work increase from 15 to 18.5 per cent and private car use drop from 45 per cent to 25 per cent. A small number of my colleagues have taken to car sharing and we’ve also seen a rise in the number using public transport to get to and from work.”

    Kathryn said moving to new premises had been a ‘very positive’ experience.

    “A year on and it’s really come together working with Inmotion!”


    Refurnish - Sam's story

    Sam BennettWith a little help from Inmotion! Sam managed to move seamlessly into employment

    After an accident and ill health, Sam found himself out of work. Eventually he secured a voluntary position with Doncaster new and recycled furniture store, Refurnish. This led to the offer of a permanent position, and with a little help from Inmotion! Sam’s enjoying his return to working life.

    Refrurnish’s Kerry Burton explains: ‘Whilst Sam was on placement with us we had a vacancy come up at our Conisbrough office. Sam was our immediate choice, he’d more than proven his admin skills and adaptability. The only potential barrier was the travel involved for Sam from Woodlands to Conisbrough and the issue of whether Sam could get there on time and cope with the physical aspect of walking up a steep hill. Inmotion! Travel Advisor Matt Dutchak helped and provided Sam with a free travel pass. Sam managed very well, moving seamlessly into employment.‘

    Sam said: ‘I was over the moon when I was offered a ‘real job’. I’ve been job seeking for a long time. The job was in a different site to where I’d done my voluntary placement and I was worried that the extra travel would mean more financial and physical pressures for me, but the free travel pass Inmotion! provided meant I could take the job without worry. I couldn’t be happier – for the first time in years I have a job!’


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