New sustainable development campaign for the NHS, health and social care to be delivered by NHS Employers

New sustainable development campaign for the NHS, health and social care to be delivered by NHS Employers


The SDU are pleased to announce that NHS Employers have been awarded a three-year contract to deliver the Sustainable Health and Care Campaign and Awards. The Campaign will feature a range of engagement activities, including a series of regional events and an awards programme.  

NHS Employers will act as a partner to the SDU, working with a steering group consisting of representatives from a range of health sector organisations. The campaign will support the sector in raising the profile of interventions that deliver health, efficiency, environmental and social benefits across the NHS, public health and social care.  The campaign will offer a great opportunity for health and social care organisations to come together to recognise, promote and reward effective sustainable practice and behaviours.

NHS Employers will build on the good work done by NHS and other health and care organisations over the last few years around other events like Sustainability Day and Clean Air Day and awards programmes, such as the HSJ and NHS Sustainability Awards. The partnership will raise the profile of this essential work to a higher level and wider reach. 

Get Involved


The SDU and NHS Employers are inviting people to become involved in a User Reference Group that will support the campaign development and help evaluate its ongoing success.   Please contact sustainability@nhsemployers.org  to register your interest in being part.

Danny Mortimer –Chief Exec of NHS Employers said: 

“This is a fantastic opportunity for us, and we look forward to working in partnership with the Sustainable Development Unit to raise the profile of sustainability across the NHS and wider health sector - and to celebrate the good work that is already underway. As we look to make sure the NHS can continue to thrive for another 70 years, sustainability is more important than ever, and the aims of this project are closely aligned with our own core values. 

 “We will work hard to ensure that this partnership is a success, and that we are able to contribute to a greener, more sustainable health and care services, providing excellent patient care for generations to come.” 

David Pencheon, Director of the Sustainable Development Unit said:

“We’re very excited about this new campaign and partnership. It’s a hugely important opportunity to recognise the great work already being done by organisations across the NHS, health and social care system – and support further action. The expertise, experience and reach of NHS Employers will be vital in helping to promote and embed sustainability as an aspect of quality in socially, economically and environmentally accountable health and care systems.”

This commission is from the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) on behalf of the health and social care system in England and follows a well-publicised competitive public procurement process. 
The SDU will act as the client on the request of the whole Cross System Group for Sustainability for the Health and Social Care System (CSG).  The CSG consists of 28 organisations within the health and environment sectors including the Department of Health, its Arm’s Length Bodies and related partner organisations.  

The SDU would like to thank the CSG, all the organisations that expressed an interest in this work and the steering group who supported the provider selection process. 


As you may be aware, in the past the SDU has participated in and promoted the Sustainability Day campaign run by the company 4 All Of Us, and hosted by Barts Health. As of this year the SDU will not be taking part in this campaign.

The SDU ran a formal process to commission an official provider to deliver a set of sustainability awards and engagement events on behalf of the health and social care system, and the resulting contract has been awarded to NHS Employers. 4 All Of Us chose not to bid for the contract and we understand that they intend to continue running their own independent Sustainability Day campaign. The SDU thanks 4 All Of Us for their contribution to the sustainability agenda.