Health and environmental issues, especially air quality and climate change are directly linked. A worsening climate has negative consequences for public health, but globally, the health sector is a significant contributor to climate change. Nottinghamshire Healthcare recognises the importance of designing and delivering sustainable healthcare services and reducing wherever possible its environmental impact.
We have a board approved Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP) also known as a Green Plan, which outlines projects and activities to improve sustainability performance throughout the Trust. The plan covers areas such as staff awareness and engagement, carbon emissions and resource use. Progress on the actions contained within the plan are regularly reported to the Trust’s Senior management. We also have several strategies, developed as part of the SDMP, which focus on specific aspects of sustainability. These are:
The usual schedule of updates and work on our strategies and SDMP have been delayed by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result, a full review of all documentation is underway. Despite the challenges, in the last year some of our biggest achievements include:
The Trust has an Environmental Policy to ensure that the we comply with environmental legislation and best practice and actively encourages all staff to participate in and contribute towards improving the sustainability performance of the Trust.