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Welcome to day the final day of the Sustainable Health and Care Week 2018.

All of the resources released for #SHCWeek18 showcase and promote best practice from across the health and care system that improve the health and wellbeing of patients, staff and communities. They are examples of how organisations are saving money and at the same time protecting the environment and its resources for future generations.

Check out the links below to see some really inspiring projects from across the public sector in transforming the environment around their grounds for the benefits of patients, families and communities and see the effect this has had on physical and mental wellbeing. See how you can apply these within your own organisation.


University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust   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.
Fields in Trust This blog from Fields in Trust’s chief executive, Helen Griffiths, sets out the findings of their recent study into the benefits of parks and green spaces. Using HM Treasury and welfare weighting methodology they found that visiting free parks or green spaces saves the NHS £111m each year by reducing GP visits
The Centre For Sustainable Healthcare and the NHS Forest 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 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.
NHS Forest The NHS Forest is a ground breaking national project, greening NHS estates and involving staff, patients and the local community in using this space for rest, relaxation and exercise. Here’s how you can get involved;

·         Sponsor a Tree

·         If you work in healthcare and are interested in increasing the number of trees at your organisation please contact us on   

·         Sign up to the newsletter to keep in touch

·         Find out where your nearest NHS Forest site is and get out an enjoy this greenspace!  ”

West Berkshire Community Hospital 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.
Wildlife Trust Spending time outdoors in green space can significantly improve mental wellbeing. The Wildlife Trust runs a volunteering scheme where participants can work on Wildlife Trust projects for 12 weeks. They found an improvement to people’s mental health in just six weeks. Participants reported that they felt more positive, had increase general health and increased levels of physical activity. Read the full report and download the nature and mental health infographic.
Incredible Edible What should a community do with its unused land? Plant food, of course. In this TedTalk Pam Warhurst the story of how she and a growing team of volunteers came together to turn plots of unused land into communal vegetable gardens, and to change the narrative of food in their community.
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust Listen to our podcast from the trust’s Head of Inclusion, Engagement and Wellbeing. Antony talks about how they have transformed the green space around the trust, offers advice on where to start, talks about the challenges to starting the project, how they maintain the space and link in with the local community.

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