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Welcome to day 1 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 initiatives from across the public sector which showcases how organisations have reduced overall material use in the products they buy and the services they deliver and see how you can apply these within your own organisation.

And above all if there is some thing here you like, please share it and help us to raise the profile of sustainable development for the health and care sector.


Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

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.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust created its Care Without Carbon strategy in 2014. In this blog Hayley Carmichael describes the key aims that the strategy is shaped around, the impact that it has had and why the trust believes that creating change comes from involving the whole organisation.
SWRnewstar In this blog, Dean Pearce, business development manager for SWRnewstar, shares some research from WRAP (Waste Resource Action Programme)  about the cost of food waste in the healthcare sector. He argues that there is an opportunity for the NHS to make substantial financial savings though understanding and measuring their processes and behaviours. 
Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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 a step-by-step look at the Sterimelt process, click here.

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