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Sustainability at DCHS - what we’re doing next and how you can get involved

Our Trust Board has approved the new DCHS Sustainable Development Management Plan – and we’d like as many of you as possible to get involved.

The plan highlights the work that we’ll be doing over the next two years to help reduce costs, improve the environment and support local communities. You can keep up to date with progress by joining the “Sustainable DCHS” online community via Twitter and Facebook (more details about this below!) We’ll be continuing the good work carried out over the last few years across all of DCHS services, with thanks to everyone who has contributed to this effort so far.

In particular, over the next two years we will have a special focus on these areas:

  • Green space, biodiversity and food
  • The way DCHS buys and uses goods and services
  • Working with local communities, staff, patients and visitors
  • Looking at how care is provided to find ways to reduce the impact on the environment whilst continuing to improve community health and wellbeing.

In addition there will be a number of schemes to continue reducing carbon emissions across the trust.  DCHS is now just 1% away from achieving its target of a 34% reduction in carbon emissions from 2007/8 levels by 2020.

The full details of the plan and a handy 1-page summary can be found at: http://www.dchs.nhs.uk/home/dchs_publications

More detailed sustainability information can be found on My DCHS at https://my.dchs.nhs.uk/guidance/sustainability

Get Involved

We would like you to get involved with helping us become more sustainable, so we’re bringing together an online community to share ideas, offer support and suggest other ways to help us meet our goals. 

If you are on Twitter then follow @SustainableDCHS for regular information, advice and updates. A DCHS sustainability group Facebook page is currently being created and if you would like to be amongst the first to join that online community please email Mark Armstrong-Read in the first instance (contact details below).

You’ll be able to get involved in those areas you are most interested in, whether it is sustainable travel, healthy eating, green space, volunteering, exercise and health promotion, waste and recycling, climate change…whatever your interest we want you to get involved. We look forward to working with you and hearing about your good ideas for making DCHS an even more environmentally-friendly place to work and receive care.

Contact Mark Armstrong-Read E: m.armstrong-read@nhs.net or T: 07917 106296 to discuss how you can get involved.