Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a leading provider of community health services in the north west of England.
The Trust is responsible for providing community and specialised health services to over 800,000 people living in the boroughs of Halton, St Helens and Warrington and dental services across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside.
The Trust needs to be resilient and capable of delivering quality care both for today and tomorrow.
Sustainability is about using our resources sensibly and striking the right balance between Social, Human, Environmental and Economic considerations.
However, sustainability for the Trust is much broader than this – amongst other things it is about how we deliver care, how we create a healthier, engaged population and how we ensure we can afford to continue delivering care in the future.
Developing a sustainable holistic NHS not just for today but the longer objective.
For the Green Action Plan, it’s about taking a holistic view of all activities across the Trust and considering their environmental, social and economic implications.
This Action Plan for the Trust illustrates how sustainable development concepts and practices can help the Trust save money and have a continual plan to meet the objective by the NHS for zero carbon emissions by 2045.
Encouraging and supporting Trust staff within each service, to see the economic case for operating in a more sustainable way is not always easy, but it is crucial; otherwise, staff will think that sustainability is just about doing good and not also about doing well.
The Plan will bring together the various efforts around the Trust to create a cohesive approach to carbon reduction.