We have produced a suite of resources to support your organisation's approach to sustainability, including case studies that share learning from other organisations and briefings to share with colleagues working in other departments.

Categorised by resource type, these are easy to download and share with colleagues.


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NHS staff view - actions and attitudes to sustainability This infographic highlights the key findings from the SDU's workforce insight study and shows some of the financial benefits of sustainability action. Download and share the infographic with colleagues in your organisation.
NHS staff view - actions and attitudes to sustainability Take a look at our short briefing which summaries a study by the SDU which examined the attitudes of NHS staff towards sustainable development. The research found that NHS staff believe in the need for, and value of, environmental sustainability. As the largest employer in the country, the study's findings show a clear mandate for the healthcare system to act.
Why NHS organisations need to embed sustainable development

This briefing is aimed at exec and Board level and sets out the benefits of a holistic approach to sustainability, legal obligations for an organisation, policies that support sustainable development and examples of government focus on sustainable development at a national level.

Case studies  
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - GRASP champions This case study shows the steps that Leeds Teaching Hospitals took to support staff to segregate and manage waste safely in line with government guidance. By creating a specialist waste trainer role and encouraging internal sustainability champions, the trust is on its way to becoming one of the greenest in the UK.
Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Sterimelt process Natalie Roddis explains why her organisation invested in a Sterimelt machine to turn the single-use sterile barrier wraps used for surgical instruments into sterile briquettes that can be sent back into the supply chain. This is reducing waste for the trust which expects to save around £300 per month though waste avoidance. For more information, take a step-by-step look at the Sterimelt process.
York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - integrated travel plan This case study explores how York Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust created an integrated travel plan which aims to encourage healthy travel through promotions and opportunities. It looks at how the plan was created which aligned with the trust’s aims to tackle air pollution and reduce carbon emissions.
Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - active travel In this case study learn how the trust has improved infrastructure and encouraged take up of sustainable and active travel by engaging with staff. The trust recognised that staff and patient travel is one of its largest source of carbon emissions.
University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) - monitoring app UHNM developed an app to monitor and support patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) to help reduce the amount of clinic visits and assessments. Many patients had to travel quite far to come to the clinics so this is helping to reduce carbon and improve outcomes for patients. The app acts as a direct communications channel between the patient and the clinical team and includes all the patient’s medical notes.
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust - Scan4Safety LTHT is using barcoding technology as part of the DHSC ‘Scan4Safety’ project. It is helping staff to quickly and easily track each patient through their hospital journey. From the unique barcodes on wristbands patients receive when they enter hospital, to the barcodes used to record their medication and the equipment used in their treatment, each code can be scanned to show which member of staff administered each treatment, at what time and where.
George Elliot Hospital NHS Trust - Salix funding George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust which used Salix funding as part of an energy performance contract to install a combined heat and power unit and low pressure hot water heat distribution system, estimated to save the Trust more than £9.2 million over its lifetime.
University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust - improving green spaces This case study explains how two gardens were created at University Hospitals Bristol, thanks to collaborative working and volunteer time from a range of local businesses. Take a look at the before and after photos, and read about the difference that green space has made to staff.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and the NHS Forest - art therapy sessions St Catherine’s Hospital in Doncaster is a mental healthcare site. A Big Lottery grant was secured to enable the hospital develop the site with pathways, clearing overgrown section and planting trees. The woodland was built with volunteers from the community. Staff visit the site with patients and use the space for activities such as art therapy sessions for patients with onset early dementia.
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and the NHS Forest - community nature reserve University Hospital in Coventry with the help of the NHS Forest team has transformed a destitute wetland into a beautiful nature reserve which now can be accessed by the community to enjoy. It includes pathways, benches, sensory plants and fruit trees. The entire community is enjoying the space using it for things like yoga, developing self-esteem through nature as well as planting trees for lost loved ones.
West Berkshire Community Hospital - sensory space Staff and volunteers turned an angular concrete brick space outside into a beautiful garden that can be enjoyed by visitor, carers, patients and staff. Fruit, flowers and vegetables are grown and picking is encouraged. It has been carefully landscaped to be a sensory space that supports patient recuperation, healthcare and wellbeing.



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