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Ingeborg

On 29th January 2014 the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) launched the new sustainable development strategy for the health, public health and social care sector for 2014 - 2020. It describes the vision for a sustainable health and care system by reducing carbon emissions, protecting natural resources, preparing communities for extreme weather events and promoting healthy lifestyles and environments.The strategy is the first to be produced for the whole health and care system, including the NHS, public health and social care. 

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danielmaughan

The NHS would save £250m a year if one in 10 journeys were made by bicycle, according to a study commissioned for a campaign for government to treat cycling more seriously.

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danielmaughan

Members of Psychsusnet are collaborating with Ecominds project ‘Connect’ to assess the environmental and economic impact of the Connect project on GP attendance and prescribing rates. 

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Ingeborg

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare are joining up to try to improve the sustainability of mental health services across the UK. As a major component of this initiative we are asking all sustainability leads of mental health Trusts to complete a survey to find out about their sustainable practices. We are intending that this will be a useful tool for you as we will provide feedback and comparative data for you to know how your Trust compares against other Trusts. It will also be used to write a publication for the Health Services Journal.

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danielmaughan

David Nicholson wrote a letter in last month to all commissioners and Trust Chief Executives calling them to improve the sustainability of services. 

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danielmaughan

NHS Change Day is coming soon on the 3rd March. There are many opportunities to make a pledge for sustainability or get your team to sign up to something sustainable. Have a look at the website gto get some ideas...

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danielmaughan

A grant of over £500,000 has been awarded to Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) by the NHS Energy Efficiency Initiative to help implement its eco-friendly green travel plans. 

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danielmaughan

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has been commissioned to develop a report on waste in the NHS by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. The report is intended to be high impact and demonstrate specific financial and environmental savings that could be achieved by the NHS through reducing waste in the system. The report will use and outline case studies throughout a variety of patient journeys which highlight different aspects of waste in the system such as wasted resources, procurement, staff time, low value interventions, inefficient processes etc.

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danielmaughan

This interesting Guardian article looks at cities that cycle and finds some interesting results about how it affects levels of happiness.

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