Sustainability

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The Trusts takes it’s environmental responsibilities seriously and is continuously working to reduce its environmental impact. The objectives of the Trust are aligned to the NHS Sustainable Development Unit objectives:

Supporting sustainability through the provision of effective and efficient health and social care in partnership with local communities

This vision is derived from and supported by the Trust’s Clinical Strategy and Estates Strategy, notably in respect of working in partnership with others, providing care closer to home, increasing the efficiency of services through transformational change and rationalising the Trust’s estate. Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) is actively involved in the wider Strategic Transformation Partnership (STP) programme progressing partnership working initiatives. 

In March 2019, our Board of Directors approved the Trusts updated Sustainability Development Management Plan (SDMP). This supports the NHS carbon reduction strategy for England published by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit.

The benefits of energy, environmental and sustainable development include:

  • Reduced energy consumption resulting in reduced heating and lighting costs.
  • Ability to bench-mark, monitor and then reduce carbon emissions through improved management, innovation and new technologies.
  • Develop lower cost and healthier travel options for staff and service users.
  • Manage waste by reducing, reusing, recycling and therefore reducing cost.
  • Enhance the organisation’s reputation as a good corporate citizen.
  • Ensure the wider impacts of environmental damage is minimised for the future.

The key elements of our Sustainability Development Management Plan

Buildings and estate

To develop and maintain healthy, sustainable and resilient communities through the provision of fit for purpose buildings, this is being delivered by rationalising the Trusts estates, commissioning new sustainable buildings, sharing facilities with other local services through a partnership with the Greater Lincolnshire One Public Estate and the Strategic Transformation Partnership forums.

Commissioning and procurement

The Trust uses the Procure 22 process for major capital schemes with a nominated partner to deliver projects in a sustainable and energy-efficient manner.  All projects are analysed to ensure sustainability has been considered and ‘Invest to Save’ projects are developed including grant funding applications via NHSE for the implementation of energy reduction technologies.

Carbon hotspots

Travel, transport and energy usage are areas where the Trust is actively managing reductions. The travel objective is to reduce staff travel by more efficient workload planning, consideration of electric and hybrid vehicles under lease and pool car agreements and the increased use of technology e.g. video and telephone conferences.

Transport for our staff patients and visitors can be minimised by ensuring the correct services are available in the correct locations, a major enabler is partnership working with neighbouring trusts and the wider community.

Energy usage such as gas, electricity and water can all be monitored with the introduction of sub-metering to reduce total energy usage and investigate energy-saving measures such as LED lighting, PV cells, low water usage systems, inverter drives and sustainable education initiatives. The Trust works in partnership with the Carbon Energy Fund (CEF) to support capital schemes including options for CHP/biomass and future potential energy export opportunities.

Waste management

Waste management is an important element for environmental control so the Trust operates fully auditable processes to ensure compliance through contract monitoring and spot audits. All staff have a duty of care to assist and support this regime by carefully segregating their waste, they are supported by a dedicated member of the Estates and Facilities Team.

The strategy and management plan supports the Trust status as a good corporate citizen correspondingly enhancing reputation and assurance of compliance with the requirements of the Climate Change Act (2008).

The NHS Sustainable Development Unit, the Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust have identified proven technology that will save energy and deliver a return on investment. The Trust is investigating the various technologies available to save energy and will consider investing in projects that have less than a 5 year payback period. This will not only help us meet our environmental responsibilities but will also save money that can then be reinvested in improving healthcare.

On a national scale, there are further opportunities to support the environment by planning sustainable transport options for staff and service users. NHS organisations are encouraged to have an active travel strategy that puts walking and cycling at the heart of local transport. The Trust already incentivises staff to cycle by paying 20p per mile for official journeys and commuting to work and provides access to the national ‘Cycle to Work Scheme’.

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