NHS in Sussex recognised for its green credentials
16 March 2018

NHS in Sussex recognised for its green credentials

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has been praised for ‘pioneering’ ways to make the NHS in Sussex more green and sustainable.

It has developed a programme called Care Without Carbon (CWC), which is leading the way in delivering more sustainable healthcare.

The trust, which is the main provider of community services to thousands of people across East and West Sussex, was highlighted in the Chief Medical Officer’s annual report on pollution.

The CWC team has helped the organisation cut its carbon footprint by 24% since 2010 – this equates to powering 200 local homes for a whole year.

The trust’s travel bureau has been instrumental in encouraging staff to make greener travel choices for both commuting to work, and patient visits. This has helped towards the reduction in our carbon footprint, and also helps to tackle local air pollution.

Siobhan Melia, Chief Executive of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are proud of the excellent care our teams provide at the heart of our local communities.

“As a trust we are always looking at ways of improving and doing things in a more sustainable way.

“The Care Without Carbon team has worked really hard to make being green part of the culture at our organisation and it’s great to see them being recognised at a national level.”

CWC have also been awarded a national Certificate of Excellence in Sustainability Reporting from the NHS Sustainability Development Unit.

The award recognises the work done by the NHS to report what they are doing to help protect the environment.

Reporting the work that NHS organisations do to ensure sustainability is mandatory. But the way our trust goes about its reporting gives patients, staff and the wider community confidence that we take sustainability seriously.

Health Minister Stephen Barclay said: “We all have a responsibility to reduce our environmental impact and the NHS, world-leading in many other aspects, is certainly capable of becoming a shining example of sustainability. Schemes like the one pioneered in Sussex will pave the way for a truly green NHS in the years to come, and I look forward to seeing similar projects across the NHS.”

You can find out more about the trust’s Care Without Carbon team here.