Sustainable Development

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.

Sustainable Development








In January 2014, NHS England launched the Sustainability Strategy, Sustainable, Resilient, Healthy People & Placeswhich 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.

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.

PDF iconLet's Walk North Bristol FINAL.pdf

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.

PDF iconSustainable Development Management Plan 2018-2019.pdf

PDF iconSustainable Development Management Plan 2017-2018.pdf

PDF iconSustainable Development Management Plan 2016-2017.pdf

Sustainable Development Management Plan 2015.pdf

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.


PDF iconSustainable Development Policy Statement 2018.pdf

PDF iconSustainable Development Policy.pdf

Travel Plan

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 out for consultation, so please take a moment to read the documents and send any comments you may have to

PDF iconTravel Plan 2019-2023.pdf

FileTravel Plan Action Plan 2019-2023.xlsx

Sustainable Development Awards

NHS Sustainability Awards 
Overall Winner 2016
Winner in the Water Category
Winner in the Behaviour Change category
Highly Commended in the Community category

A Silver and Gold in the Fairtrade South West Business Awards

Silver Soil Association Food for Life Award – patient meals

Bronze Soil Association Food for Life Award – staff meals

West of England Sustainable Business Travel Plan Accreditation Scheme - Silver

Travel West Organisation of the Year 2016

Travel West Most Improved Work Place 2016

NHS Sustainability Awards
Sustainable Food Winner
Sustainable Travel Highly Commended

Silver Fairtrade South West Business Awards

Silver Soil Association Food for Life Award
West of England Sustainable Travel Awards – Employer of the Year

West of England Sustainable Business Travel Plan Accreditation Scheme - Silver

The Green Apple Award

Bronze Soil Association Food for Life Award
West of England Travel Plan Award Scheme