How to produce a Sustainable Development Management Plan

NHS Improvement | July 2018 | How to produce a Sustainable Development Management Plan

NHS Improvement have produced joint guidance and resources with the Sustainable Development Unit to help boards lead their organisations to deliver sustainable healthcare — maximising efficiency in resources and delivering positive health benefits for their local communities.

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Organisations have a duty to protect the health of future generations by reducing carbon emissions and combating climate change. The health and care system reduced emissions by 18.5% up to 2017. While this is good progress, it is still behind the trajectory needed to achieve the Climate Change Act 2020 target of 34% — highlighting the need for all organisations to accelerate efforts going forward.

NHS Improvement  resources are designed to support organisations to produce their SDMP to address areas such as:

  • air pollution
  • energy, waste and water efficiency
  • greenspace
  • carbon emissions
  • adaptation
  • staff engagement in social and environmental activity

Full details available from NHS Improvement  

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Use of Resources assessment framework

A framework for evaluating how providers are making use of resources, leadership and governance in order to provide high quality care that is efficient and sustainable | NHS Improvement

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Following sector-wide feedback, we’ve produced this framework, finalising our approach to the Use of Resources assessment. This will help us to better understand how effectively and efficiently providers are using their resources – including finances, workforce, estates and facilities, technology and procurement – to provide high quality, efficient and sustainable care for patients, and will help us to deliver tailored support to providers.

The Use of Resources assessment will also help us to identify providers’ support needs under the Single Oversight Framework (SOF), and deliver targeted support accordingly. We are now updating the SOF to reflect these and other changes in our oversight approach and will publish an updated version in October, following feedback.

Read the full overview here

Developing sustainable primary care

Challenges facing general practice are increasing. This comes at a time of increased patient need, high demand for services and growing challenges in retaining and recruiting clinical team members | PCC

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PCC has been supporting practices to prepare for the future by looking at ways they can become more sustainable. From our work so far, the following themes have emerged:

  • The need to ensure practices are well run, claiming appropriately and considering how the practice, as a whole, could work smarter.
  • Planning for the future –how a practice will need to change in the next three to five years and how steps towards this can start now, to achieve early wins and boost morale.

General practices are responding to the increasing demands they face in several ways. Some are merging with other like-minded practices or working with other partners in the health economy. Others are collaborating to share back office or clinical skills to enable them to manage patients and workloads most appropriately. This includes signposting to alternative local services.

Read the full overview here