On the 24th January the NHS Forest launched the Tree Sponsorship Scheme at Guy's Hospital in London. Sponsoring a tree for your preferred hospital means that you can say thank you, celebrate a birth or remember someone's life through the giving of a tree. There are over 100 hospitals supporting the scheme, all of which are very keen to plant a significant number of trees. The wonderful aspect to running the scheme is that everyone sees the benefit, everyone wants to be involved and everyone wants to make it a huge success.
The General Medical Council has welcomed recommendations from the Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE) Network on priority learning outcomes for sustainable healthcare. Follow up plans are now being developed, including a wider consultation with medical schools and Royal Colleges.
This year the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is focusing on helping clinical specialties and organisations to cut their waste to save money and carbon. While we are involved with many longer term projects which will change systems and transform clinical practice, the fact is that there is still a shocking amount of waste within the system as it is now. We ought to be tackling this waste immediately as it is money down the drain and carbon into the air - and we can't afford either.
What will respiratory medicine look like in 5 years’ time, when carbon rationing is re-shaping the NHS? Do you want to take a lead in that transformation?
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is starting an exciting project, funded by GlaxoSmithKline, to improve the environmental sustainability of respiratory medicine, focusing in particular on COPD. We wish to appoint a healthcare professional in respiratory medicine for a one-year period, as a clinical lead.
As the last shuttle mission is completed and Atlantis finally gets retired to a museum are you going to have to join the queue at Baikonur Cosmodrome to get into outer space from now on? Well perhaps not if you live in the Coventry or Doncaster areas.
Want to demonstrate your support for the NHS Forest? Why not send all your colleagues, friends and family the NHS Forest Christmas card. For a small donation you can receive our bespoke Christmas card. Please contact email@example.com
In May 2011, the BMA Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group launched new guidelines on ethical procurement for health. TheEthical procurement for health: workbook helps procurers in the health and social care sector include consideration of labour standards throughout the procurement and market engagement processes.
The UK National Ecosystems Assessment has just produced a report which highlights the ‘hidden value’ of nature and has produced economic benefits onto various aspects of the natural environment. Highlights of the report which provide further evidence as to the importance of the work of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, most notably the NHS Forest, is the following:“The health benefits of living with a view of a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year”.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is registered in England & Wales as a company limited by guarantee No. 7450026 and as a charity No. 1143189. Registered address: 8 King Edward Street, Oxford, OX1 4HL