New Sustainable Health and Care Campaign launches today

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 will 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.

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.

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Throughout 2018, the campaign will feature activities such as: 

Sustainability Week, from Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June

Sustainable Health and Care Awards with an awards ceremony in the autumn

A Sustainable Health and Care conference and exhibition in the autumn

Five free regional events across the year starting in the spring  

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.” 

David Pencheon, director of the SDU, added:

“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 campaign will play an important role in helping to promote and embed sustainability as an aspect of quality in socially, economically and environmentally accountable health and care systems.”

The awards program that opens in spring of 2018 will closely align to the new sustainability assessment tool to be launched by the SDU. S-DAT – that launches in October will cover 10 areas of sustainable development that are also the core themes for the Sustainable Health and Care Awards.

NHS Employers have been commissioned by the SDU to run the campaign for three years from 2018 to 2021. 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.

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