A new campaign will support NHS, public health and social care organisations to reduce their environmental impacts, whilst boosting health and saving money.
The Sustainable Health and Care Campaign aims to shine a light on the great work taking place and celebrate success to encourage others to realise the opportunities for their organisations’. Over the last nine years, work across the health system on entrenching sustainability has saved almost £2 billion from areas like energy, waste and water efficiency, as well as saving more than 3.6 million tonnes of carbon emissions. The Campaign will include five free regional events starting in the spring 2018. There will also be an awareness week to encourage activity at a local level as well as awards programme, conference and a host of online resources and tools.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers and deputy chief executive of the NHS Confederation, said: “We want the NHS to thrive for another 70 years, and in order for that to happen, sustainability is more important than ever. We will strive to make sure this partnership is a success, and that we can contribute to greener, more sustainable health and care services, providing the excellent care that patients deserve for generations to come.”
The SDU are encouraging people interested in finding out more to sign up to the campaign newsletter, follow on Twitter and join the User Reference Group.
Throughout 2018, the campaign will feature activities including:
The initiative is backed by the Cross System Group for Sustainable Health and Care (CSG), made up of 28 national organisations across the health sector and related fields, including Public Health England, NHS England, NHS Improvement, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change and NHS Digital.
For more information, visit www.sustainablehealthandcare.org