SDU launches new self-assessment web tool SDAT to help measure, report and plan

SDU launches new self-assessment web tool SDAT to help measure, report and plan


The new Sustainable Development Assessment Tool (SDAT) replaces the old GCC – with a more streamlined system aligned to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

SDAT is an online self-assessment tool to help NHS, health and care organisations understand their sustainable development work, measure progress and help create the focus of and action plans for their sustainable development plans (SDMP). It is made up of ten modules and uses four cross cutting themes. Modules include: 

  • Asset Management & Utilities
  • Travel and Logistics
  • Green Space & Biodiversity
  • Sustainable Care Models

Go to SDAT

Please note this is a Beta version of the tool and improvements will come online throughout the next few weeks - if you spot any problems please contact england.sdu@nhs.net.

The SDU worked closely with GCC users and non-users to make sure improvements meet user need – this has included a detailed user survey, the establishment of a user reference group and testing with sustainability and health professionals across work areas.

The engagement and development process was also supported by Nottingham Business School/Nottingham Trent University. 

Why use SDAT?


The self-assessment will help:  

  • Create a baseline measurement of your current sustainable development processes and action
  • Help identify the focus of your SDMP
  • Help measure sustainable development progress year on year and understand how you are supporting progress against the UN Sustainable Development Goals. 
  • Measure progress by evaluating sustainability across the board in financial, social and environmental terms.
  • Measure how well your activities support sustainability inside your organisation and outside in the community.

Improvements on the GCC


The new tool replaces the Good Corporate Citizen (GCC) tool originally launched in 2008 and updated in 2012. SDAT has been designed to be more functional and reduce time burdens and better support action. Improvements include: 

  • Reducing the number of questions by over a third.
  • Functionality to store text alongside  answers  statements as rationale and evidence, highlight next steps or provide notes/reminders. 
  • Excel export of responses and evidence.
  • New dashboard and PDF report showing progress featuring UN SDGs. 

My Score


The tool provides users with an overall score as a percentage, to benchmark against  subsequent assessments  and against peers. You get a score for each module to see progress and identify areas for focus.  

The tool also shows how your progress is contributing to the global health goals (UN Sustainable Development Goals), at a local level. 

GCC Users


Users who previously had accounts on the GCC system should be able to login using their existing details, if this fails please try the ‘forgotten password’ function, for older GCC users if the first two steps do not work, you may need to register. 

Please note in the resources section there is a short user guide to support you using the tool. 

More information.