Action to tackle climate and ecological breakdown could improve the health, wellbeing, and standard of living for us all, but how exactly can tackling environmental issues help with societal health and social inequality? And how exactly can unions help with that? Following her talk for UNISON, Dr Hayley Pinto, Education and Training Lead here at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, is reflecting on the climate crisis and its links with sustainable healthcare.
As a way of monitoring progress many Trusts, ICBs and primary care teams are measuring and reporting on their direct emissions annually, using the BEIS Government Greenhouse Gas Conversion Factors for Company Reporting database. This database is updated yearly to reflect national changes in decarbonisation, with the most recent version published June 2023. But what does the most recent update mean for NHS organisations, and will there be any impact on their carbon footprint?
In April, the Chief AHP Officers team ran the first ever Greener AHP week, to galvanise the interest and enthusiasm of the Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) workforce to deliver environmentally sustainable healthcare as part of AHP roles. Environmental sustainability is one of the five areas of focus in AHPs Deliver, the national AHP strategy for England; it is also a priority within each of the four UK nations.
Clean Air Day is the UK's largest air pollution campaign. As one of the greatest public sector carbon emitters in the world, the healthcare sector will need to make significant reductions in order to meet its net zero carbon ambitions.
Genitourinary medicine (GUM) encompasses integrated sexual health, contraception, and HIV services. Emerging evidence demonstrates the profound effect climate change will have on GUM. Therefore it is our responsibility as clinicians to take preventative measures and transform the way we work now, in order to protect our future.
The NHS Sustainability Day of Action is quickly approaching. Over the past year, we have seen a growing number of NHS employees improve the sustainability of their practices, preserving resources for future generations while providing high-quality care.
It is National Recycle Week (17 – 23 of October)! People across the country are encouraged to recycle more often, and in the right way. Last year, approximately 82% of people were more aware of recycling methods and stated changing their behaviour following Recycle Week 2021.