We certainly had a fantastic day at the NHS Forest Conference, it was great to see so many health and green space professionals in one place having some lively discussions and developing partnerships. We are hugely grateful to University Hospital Birmingham for hosting the event and providing us with an inspiring tour of their site and all the work they have done there. Lots of ideas have been generated!
In 2013 the Government announced the 8 cities to be awarded a share of the £77m Cycle City Ambition Grant. The policy goals of promoting city cycling in this way are to promote local economic growth, reduce carbon emissions and improve health. It’s exciting to learn that the Department for Transport (DfT), in its assessment of project value, is taking the health and environmental benefits very seriously.
“NHS: efficiency savings through waste reduction” was the subject of a joint meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group earlier this month. The All-Party Parliamentary Groups provide a forum to inform debate among members of Parliament on key policy issues, and the event was chaired by Neil Carmichael MP, with contributions from Dr Terry Tudor, Senior Lecturer in Waste Management at the University of Northampton, Alexandra Hammond, Head of Sustainability at Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Frances Mortimer from CSH.
A guide for doctors on cutting waste in clinical care, which was co-authored by the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Fellow in Sustainability, Dr Daniel Maughan, was the BBC's top story on 6th November. Commissioned by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the guide provides a framework for doctors to think critically about waste from a clinical perspective and provides examples of doctors improving the value of healthcare by reducing waste. Chair of the Academy, Professor Terrence Stephenson, spoke about the report on Radio Four's Today Programme (at 1 hr 9 minutes) highlighting examples in the report such as minimising the use of x-rays where there is no proven benefit from their use.
In late 2011 while making coffee in our staff kitchen I happened to ask my Director, Sally Hancox, “Do you think we’ve stopped folk turning up as much at their Doctors now they have had the home retrofitted with energy efficient measures?” We have gathered a tremendous amount of anecdotal evidence from our retrofit programme to suggest people with conditions made worse by the cold were now managing their conditions better. However, as presented, it was worthless to the NHS… Sally’s response “No idea, go and find out”.
Good Food Oxford is proud to present The Oxford Good Food Charter. CSH represents health and healthcare on the steering group and is encouraging CCGs, Trusts and other healthcare organisations in the area to sign up. Good Food Oxford is part of the national Sustainable Food Cities Network. Its aim is to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will measurably reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Oxford’s food system while promoting environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health, wellbeing, the local economy and a thriving food culture.
When baby boomers think back to their childhoods, they can probably recall a treehouse, a Boy/Girl Scout camping trip, family picnics, or a passion for fishing, hunting or horse riding. Now we need to bring back that halcyon childhood pastime of letting our kids (and grandkids) get muddy once in awhile. Studies indicate that they will grow up healthier and happier because of a connection to nature.
A new guide to sustainable commissioning has been published by Forum for the Future, CSH, and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. The guide and associated tools are aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups that want to deliver system-wide commissioning which will, as a consequence, lead to healthcare services that operate in a more sustainable way.
This guide and the associated tools are aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that want to deliver system-wide commissioning which will, as a consequence, lead to healthcare services that operate in a more sustainable way.
This event built on a scoping review of research needs conducted by The King's Fund and funded by the National Institute for Health Research and SCIE. Senior people with backgrounds in funding, commissioning and co-ordinating research participated in a one-day summit to explore how we can deliver more sustainable, effective and affordable models of health and social care.
Delegates at the Green Nephrology Summit 2012, on 26th September, have issued a call to policy makers and healthcare commissioners to support them in bringing about the transformation to sustainable models of care.
This year the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is focusing on helping clinical specialties and organisations to cut their waste to save money and carbon. While we are involved with many longer term projects which will change systems and transform clinical practice, the fact is that there is still a shocking amount of waste within the system as it is now. We ought to be tackling this waste immediately as it is money down the drain and carbon into the air - and we can't afford either.
The HCWH Global Road Map for Health Care Decarbonization, outlined many high impact and key actions for the health sector to reach Net Zero emissions. High level recommendations included declaring a climate emergency and developing roadmaps for decarbonisation.
The cataract surgery audit tool ‘Eyefficiency’ was designed to identify opportunities for sites to minimize the footprint of cataract surgical services and to increase access to cataract surgery for patients worldwide.
This toolkit gives you everything you need for a 1 minute, 5 minute and even more minute conversation, complete with step-by-step guides, behavioural change insights and all the evidence to back it up.
The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.
Sustainability has been recognised as a domain of quality in healthcare, and building it into quality improvement (QI) is a practical way to drive incremental change towards a more ethical, sustainable health system.