South Region Sustainability and Health Network

The South Region Sustainability and Health Network is jointly run by NHS England and Public Health England. The primary purpose of the network is to support a rapid transformation of the health and care system in the south of England to a sustainable resilient system. It will achieve this through the implementation of the national Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care.  The work of the network supports the overall strategic direction for NHS England as published in the Five Year Forward View and for Public Health England as described in their five year priorities.  

The network links and supports those working in the health and care system across the south of England. It is based on the geographical boundaries used for the NHS South Region which correspond to the boundaries used by Public Health England. The region stretches from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to Kent and as far north as Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. 

Membership of the network is free and open to all those working in or with the health and care system in the region. Members receive a bi-monthly email update, invitations to attend an annual regional conference and biannual master-classes and will have the opportunity to join supported programmes to develop local networks and leadership.

Find out more about the network's local ambassadors in the PDF poster here or view the locations that they cover on this map.

Anyone can sign up to the South Region Sustainability & Health Network newsletter here, and follow the Twitter feed @SouthRSHN. Colleagues in the South who would like to join the network should email

Governance and organisation

The SRSHN is led by:

  • Nigel Acheson, Regional Medical Director (South), NHS England
  • James Mapstone, Deputy Regional Director, South Regional Office, Public Health England
These leads are supported by:

  • Vivienne Stevens, Sustainability & Health Project Coordinator, NHS England
  • Richard Jerrett, Delivery Manager, South Regional Medical Directorate, NHS England
  • Michael Baker, Deputy Director of Healthcare Public Health, Public Health England (South East)
  • Andy Netherton, Health & Wellbeing Manager, Public Health England (South West)


Read the network's commitment to sustainable working.

2018 events and opportunities

Watch this space for news of forthcoming SRSHN events and see below for slides and recording of our latest virtual masterclass. 

Virtual Masterclass, 17 April 2018: Sustainability involves us all – taking action now!

This masterclass was presented by two of our Sustainability & Health Ambassadors, Niall MacLeod and Nicola Wong.

Please click here to view the slides presented by Nicola Wong on ‘Health Matters: Community-centred approaches for health and wellbeing’ .

Please click here to view the slides presented by Niall MacLeod on ‘Sustainability – Bridging the gap between health, community and the natural world'.

Click here to listen to Niall Macleod's presentation hosted on SoundCloud - (opens in new window - listen for 'bing' to advance slide)

2017 events

4th annual SRSHN conference – London, Thursday 19 October 2017: 

Building a Healthy Sustainable Society: an event to support STP implementation

This year’s conference focused on supporting social sustainability and ensuring this is embedded by STPs across the South region.
The programme featured an opening keynote address by Dr Michael Dixon, Chair of the College of Medicine; and an afternoon keynote address by Sir Sam Everington, Chair of NHS Tower Hamlets CCG; as well as workshops illustrating ways of promoting and enhancing sustainable social models to improve health and wellbeing and make the NHS and social care system more sustainable.  

Delegate pack, including agenda and biographies

You can view a video overview of the day and slides below.

Sustainability Air Quality Masterclass, Summer 2017

View the programme here and speakers’ slides here.

View Rick Lomax from the SDU talking about the HOTT tool below. 

Sustainability Masterclass, Spring 2017

The Power of Digital Technology to Sustainably Transform Health and Social Care View the programme here.

Click on the button below to view a recording of the webinar held on 28 March with presentations by Cathy Francis and Tim Clarke. (please note you may  need to install WebEx to watch)

View the film by Prof Keith McNeil below.

View pre-2017 SRSHN content.