NHS Trusts still ignoring sustainable development says Campaign Manager

Campaign aims to inform CEO’s on how to drive efficiency

The 2018 NHS Sustainability Day Campaign will be launched on October 4th in London at a free to attend event. The Campaign, now in its seventh year, raises awareness of the important role environmental management can play in delivering long-term savings for the NHS culminating with a national day of action each March. At a pivotal time for the National Health Service environmental efficiency can enable front-line spending via Estate savings. The independent Campaign founded by Barts Health NHS Trust and 4 All of us provides guidance, information, support and resources to NHS Managers and Directors.

The launch on October 4th will see a plethora of senior experts and leaders from across the NHS and Government discussing the importance Sustainable Development can have on our NHS. These include Chief Executive of Public Health England Duncan Selbie, who will be on hand to correlate the links between an improved environment and health. This will be echoed by Joe Garrod, Regional Programme Manager at the LGA who will present the importance of the One Public Estate scheme. Other speakers include Sunil Shah, Chair of BIFM special sustainability group who will discuss how FM professionals and the businesses they represent are engaging with the sustainability agenda by identifying key trends and influences.

Speaking about the 2018 Campaign, Scott Buckler, Campaign Manager said:

“The NHS is facing a potential crisis not seen on such a scale before. Services across Trusts are on the brink of collapse due to financial pressures. There has never been a more important time for us to grasp Sustainability and drive forward the benefits. Therefore, this Campaign is vital”

“We have had two pivotal Reviews for Estates in the shape of Carter and Naylor. Both of which placed emphasis on the need to adapt leadership and drive savings through sustainability and energy efficiency. We are seeing some great examples, however, some Trusts have still not woken up to sustainable development and are running out of time.  We are aware of at least thirty Trusts across England who are not implementing their SDMP (Sustainable Development Management Plans) properly and have turned a blind eye to the benefits. We even had one Trust tell us they had lost faith in their management who simply ignore it!”

The day will also see the 2018 Awards open for entries with 12 categories including Supplier of the year which will recognise those organisations seeking to support the NHS to become sustainable.

For Speaker interviews on the day or comments please email scott@4allofus.org.uk