Cross health system support for NHS Sustainability Day

A group of major organisations in the health system have thrown their support behind NHS Sustainability Day.

The cross system group overseeing sustainable development in the health sector have issued a statement to support NHS Sustainability Day.

“The importance of NHS Sustainability Day each year is that it allows every person and every organisation in the health and care system in England to showcase their commitment to improving health and care for all, now and for future generations.”

The group, which is made up of organisations across the sector is pushing forward the sustainable development agenda in the NHS, public health and social care.

The full statement is shown below:

Statement for 2015 NHS Sustainability Day from the National Cross System Group for Sustainable Development across the Health and Care System. 

“The National Cross System Group for sustainable development across the health and care sector is committed to identifying and addressing the existing and emerging challenges, opportunities, and evidence regarding sustainable development (and climate change) in every part of the health and care system.  Its primary objective is to ensure policy and practice can be shaped to improve health and care, give direction, drive the development of sustainable communities and places, and to be an exemplary leader across the public sector and wider society. 

Working across the whole sector enables this group to provide a system wide approach to the implementation of ‘Sustainable, Resilient, Healthy People & Places – A Sustainable Development Strategy for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care system’, launched in January 2014.

As a priority, the group supports the health and care system in England to fulfil and, where possible exceed, its legal commitment to national carbon reduction targets, as well as demonstrating support to the WHO and UN processes towards a more sustainable world as evidenced by its statement to the UN Climate Change Summit in New York in 2014.
(see:
www.sduhealth.org.uk/unsummit)

The group will continue to hold a mirror up to the system, helping to turn good intentions on sustainable development into action, complementing and amplifying formal governance and measurement processes across the wider health and care system to support change across communities.

The importance of NHS Sustainability Day each year is that it allows every person and every organisation in the health and care system in England to show case their commitment to improving health and care for all, now and for future generations. 

Addressing sustainability offers both long term benefits for the health of the planet but also more immediate physical and mental health benefits for people such as increased physical activity, better food systems and warmer homes, all of which can improve health, save money and address sustainability.”

The following organisations and parts of the system are represented in the group that is chaired by Martin Reeves, CEO of Coventry City Council. 

Health Education England NHS Trust Development Authority
Health and Social Care Information Centre NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)
Living With Environmental Change Public Health England
Health and Wellbeing Boards Royal College of General Practitioners
Monitor Royal College of Nursing
NHS Alliance Royal Pharmaceutical Society
NHS Confederation Social Care Institute for Excellence
NHS England Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
NHS Property Services Department of Health
Healthwatch England London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Department of Energy and Climate Change DEFRA
Trust Development Authority NHS Providers
King’s Fund Nuffield Trust
Local Government Skills for Care
British Medical Journal Care Quality Commission
Local Government Association Involve