The UK Department of Health and eight major health organisations have stated their commitments to a social and environmental sustainability. National Health Service (NHS) England, Public Health England (PHE), NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission, Health Education England, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), NHS Digital and NHS Property Services – in partnership with the Department of Health have all made commitments.

The commitments are part of annual health check for the sector produced by HCWH Europe and GGHH member – NHS England and Public Health England’s Sustainable Development Unit (SDU). The Sustainable Development in Health and Care – Health check 2017 report looks at progress across England.

Overall organisations are cutting their carbon footprint and saving money through reducing energy use, but having less success in addressing water use and the increased costs from waste disposal.  Sustainable development is increasingly becoming a core part of work shown by more organisations having board approved Sustainable Development Management Plans (SDMPs) and are reporting annually on their work.

“The commitment shown by these national organisations can be commended as an important first step in the journey. The next of which is to increasingly look outwards to understand how they are able to embed sustainable development into their core roles as regulators, funders, investors in infrastructure and system leaders.”   –  David Pencheon, Director, Sustainable Development Unit