NHS publishes sustainable development plan
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A sustainable development strategy for how organisations in the health and care system can work together to tackle sustainability challenges has been launched
Developed by the Sustainable Development Unit at the NHS, with support from NHS England, Public Health England and the Local Government Association, the strategy aims to reduce the negative impacts of the NHS, public health and social care on the environment.
The main focus is on better energy and waste management, with organisations encouraged to adopt alternative energy sources, improve recycling rates and use fewer disposable products. Organisations are also urged to change staff attitudes by encouraging more sustainable behaviour.
The strategy is supported by five modules, which focus on:
- leadership, engagement and development;
- sustainable clinical and care models;
- healthy, sustainable and resilient communities;
- carbon hotspots; and
- commissioning and procurement.
Three further modules will be launched next year. These will focus on technology and research; metrics; and social capital.
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