Throughout October in CLIC we are shining a spotlight on improvement – helping you learn and connect with others across health and care to make a difference.
We couldn't talk about improvement without taking some time to think about the sustainability of the work we do...
"Climate change poses a major threat to our health as well as our planet. The environment is changing, that change is accelerating, and this has direct and immediate consequences for our patients, the public and the NHS." Greener NHS (2021)
We would encourage everyone to be mindful about their carbon footprint whilst they are going about their work (and day-to-day life!). Please see below for some information and opportunities which might help get your started, as well as support you on your 'greener' journey:
LUNCH & LEARN - We need to talk about climate change…
12 November 2021 │ 1:00 - 1:30pm │ Online via MS Teams
Join us for this Lunch and Learn to hear from Anna Foster (Trust Lead for Strategy and Sustainability, CNTW) on 'We need to talk about climate change…'.
The best thing you can do in your workplace to fight climate change is to talk about it. In this short presentation, Anna will describe the series of ‘climate conversations’ held earlier this year at Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of sustainable healthcare and their Green Plan, empowering colleagues to raise these issues within their own teams.
No need to book! Find out more and get the MS Teams link here...
Join the Greener NHS Community
The Greener NHS Community has been launched for anyone across the NHS who is passionate and enthusiastic about contributing to a net zero NHS and wants to do more.
The world’s eyes will be on the UK’s work in November when the international climate change Conference of Parties (COP26) will be hosted in Glasgow. It’s an ideal time to build momentum, encourage more people to take sustainable action, and showcase the pioneering work of NHS staff on the road to becoming net zero.
You can join the Greener NHS Community here, and you’ll be invited to the fantastic Community forum!
If you have any questions about the Greener NHS programme, or you’d like to suggest a case study of innovation or good practice from your organisation, please contact Ethan Tanda, Senior Communications and Briefings Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement - North East and Yorkshire, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A greener NHS and Social Care FAB campaign page
To support the ‘For a greener NHS’ programme, The Academy of Fabulous Stuff had launched a campaign page.
The page provides a place where we can share innovations and solutions that are being used within health and social care, sharing ideas on how to reduce the impact on public health and the environment, save money and – eventually – go net carbon zero.
You can find the page here...
Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership
The Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership is working towards the shared aim of making Cumbria the first carbon neutral county in the UK, by 2037. It's an ambitious and inspiring challenge that will touch on many aspects of life in Cumbria to bring down the county's greenhouse gas emissions to net zero.
The Partnership, jointly chaired by Cumbria County Council and CAfS, brings together nearly 70 organisations spanning the public, private and third sectors, with the aim of cutting greenhouse gas emissions - the root cause of the climate emergency. Members include community groups, local authorities (district and county councils), the NHS, police, national parks, businesses and the farming community, among others.
The Partnership recently successfully bid for £2.5 million of National Lottery funding to cut carbon emissions in the county. For more information visit the Cumbria Action for Sustainability website...
Great Ormond Street Hospital – reducing single use plastics case study
You can read about this case study, as well as many others, on the Greener NHS website...