Plan - Sustainable Development Management Plan

Having a board approved Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP) is one of the cornerstones of the Sustainable Development Strategy and it is also an indicator in the Public Health Outcomes Framework.

Along with regular annual reporting on sustainability (follow link for reporting guidance) an SDMP is expected by the NHS Standard Contract (Service Condition 18). Annual Sustainability Reporting is furthermore required from Arm’s Length Bodies, through the Greening Government Commitments; encouraged from CCGs and Trusts through the Department of Health Group Accounting Manual (DH GAM) and suggested by the Foundation Trust Annual Reporting Manual (FT ARM).

We have produced a practical guide, below, to help you develop your plans.

Adaptation to Climate Change - Planning Guidance for Health and Social Care organisations

Although impacts of climate change such as heatwaves and cold weather snaps will cover the whole country, other impacts including those for health, will be felt locally with effects differing from place to place. Organisations will need to develop responses which encompass national guidance and yet are specific to their local circumstances. The local health and social care system has a crucial role to play.

The guidance below looks specifically at climate change adaptation and outlines what it is, why it is important for NHS and health and social care organisations, and what actions they can take.

It supports the achievement of the measures of success outlined in the ‘Healthy, Sustainable and Resilient Communities’ module of the Sustainable Development Strategy. 

Drivers for change and legislation

Embedding sustainable development into management and governance processes is essential in order to deliver high quality healthcare. This requires boards, managers, clinicians, nurses and many other staff groups to champion sustainability at the highest level. This includes some statutory obligations enshrined in both the Climate Change Act 2008 and also commissioners through the Public Service (Social Value) Act 2012.

The Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012, requires all commissioners of public services to consider taking into account economic, social and environmental value, not just price, when buying goods and services. Social value may be thought of as the collective gain to the community from commissioning/procurement over and above the direct purchase of goods and services.

We have produced a summary of "Statutory and policy drivers for change" on sustainability (see below) outlining the statutory, regulatory and policy requirements which organisations in the healthcare system should consider as part of their Sustainable Development Management Plans.