We recognise the healthcare service we provide to our community has significant impacts on our environment and we need to do more to reduce these impacts whilst moving towards a resilient and sustainable healthcare service fit for the future.
In January 2014, NHS England launched the Sustainability Strategy, “Sustainable, Resilient, Healthy People & Places” which describes the vision for a sustainable healthcare system through
- reducing carbon emissions
- protecting natural resources
- preparing communities for extreme weather events
- promoting healthy lifestyles and environments
The strategy requires us to adopt an integrated, aligned and coordinated approach to deliver sustainability in a changing climate.
The strategy goes beyond the NHS to the wider social care and public health system and beyond carbon reduction to include other areas of sustainable development such as climate change adaptation and sustainable models of care, placing much greater emphasis on our relationship not only with staff but with contractors, suppliers, patients, visitors and the surrounding community.
Sustainable Development Management Plan
In response to the NHS Sustainability Strategy, we have prepared a Trust Board approved Sustainable Development Management Plan (SDMP). The SDMP sets out how we will deliver the vision of the National Sustainability Strategy here at North Bristol NHS Trust. The SDMP is updated annually.
Sustainable Development Policy
We have adopted a Sustainable Development Policy which demonstrates our commitment to continual improvement to enhance environmental performance as part of our Sustainable Development Management Plan at North Bristol NHS Trust and has been adopted by the Trust Board.
Our Sustainable Development Policy will be reviewed on a regular basis. We would welcome any comments or suggestions.
The Trust's Travel Plan 2019-2023 outlines our progress so far and the journey ahead, in providing a safe, accessible and sustainable hospital for staff, patients, visitors and the local community. Our Travel Plan and the associated Action Plan are currently awaiting approval by the Board before it is fully adopted.
Let's Walk North Bristol
We have teamed up with Walk Your Way to Health in Bishopston to produce a new leaflet that links Southmead Hospital to local green spaces and GP surgeries. The new map builds on an existing staff walking leaflet and supports the Trust’s aspiration to increase the opportunities for clinicians to ‘prescribe’ walking to patients, as well as encouraging access to green space with the positive impact on health and wellbeing that this will enable.