We are a regional sustainability network, aimed at both service providers and commissioners, primarily within Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk. With the key focus on sharing experience and expertise, the group aim is to take forward the National Sustainable Development Strategy through various initiatives including collaborative projects and regular topical masterclasses.

Our Ambition and Approach

We have developed a narrative document to guide our network activities available here.


Our Work Plan for 2017-18 will be finalised shortly, but a regular feature will be a quarterly Masterclass followed by a group meeting at Victoria House, Fulbourn.

If you are interested in attending a Masterclass please email Susan Buttress at s.buttress@nhs.net.

The following Masterclasses are planned so far for 2017/18:

8th December 2017: staff engagement.

October 2017 Masterclass - Sustainable Travel

This informal session featured examples of embedding sustainability into travel and transport in health and social care organisations. It included a session from Rick Lomax at the SDU on their new Health Outcomes of Travel Tool (HOT Tool), how to write a travel plan and working with a local authority. 

There was lively discussion around all of these issues. If you're interested in knowing more, please get in touch.

March 2017 Masterclass – Health Promotion in the Workplace

The well attended session focused on preventative action, looking at the ways and benefits of actively promoting staff wellbeing in the workplace.

Speakers  covered this key topic from different aspects –  presentations below useful facts and ideas, you may be able to incorporate in your own activity programme.

Neil Wood , Health & Wellbeing Programme Manager at PHE, NHS staff  spoke on the link between health promotion and sustainability, including the impact of CQUIN, The role of Sustainability and Transformation Plans and the drive towards a Smoke free NHS.


Lynn Mowforth, Working Well in Essex – PROVIDE,  outlined the invaluable work they are doing with local employers, providing free support ranging from confidential staff surveys to training Health Champions.


Gill Lee and Kirsty Mainds, Sustainability Leads from Norfolk & Suffolk and East & North Herts respectively, updated on the range of initiatives on offer within the trusts, covering physical and mental wellbeing.



During 2017/18 we will be working closely with the SDU, NHS Scotland and Nottingham University to update the Good Corporate Citizen assessment tool.

Contacts and Joining the Network

If you are interested in joining the network or would like further information, please use the contacts below:

Chair:            Elmarie Swanepoel    elmarie.swanepoel@meht.nhs.uk

Communications:    Linda Cox        Linda.cox1@nhs.net

Secretary:        Gill Lee            Gill.Lee@nsft.nhs.uk

New members  Kim Croasdale         kim.croasdale@nhs.net 

Previous masterclasses:

March 2016 - Health Improvement and Models of Care
June 2016 - Commissioning
September 2016 - SDMPs
December 2016 - Procurement

Presentations can be found below.