NHS SNEEICS - Green Plan

Foreword Tackling climate change in health and social care provides not only an opportunity to think differently together, but also an opportunity to do things differently together. A system-wide approach can deliver benefits in terms of partnership working, collaboration and efficiency, ensuring we tackle the challenges of the climate emergency and improve the wider determinants of health. Reducing emissions will save admissions. Tackling the causes and mitigating the impacts of climate change will provide us with an opportunity to improve health outcomes on several fronts. 1 For instance, our strategy sets out to tackle health and environmental issues such as air pollution, which is the fourth greatest threat to public health after cancer, heart disease and obesity.2 Reducing carbon emissions by, for example, switching to cleaner, renewable energy and transitioning to electric vehicle fleets will not only improve air quality, it will also drive carbon out of our system. Both measures will also then benefit our communities, their health, and the system, in a virtuous circle - we will help break the current vicious cycle. The key pillars of this Green Plan are engagement, awareness-raising, partnership working, collaboration, training, improving data, innovation and building on the successes that the system has already achieved. Identifying and sharing best practice is critical to what we want to achieve. By embracing this the ICS can be an enabler for change, supporting our system partners to improve our climate, health, and wellbeing agenda. Our strategy is holistic, and spreads beyond the traditional successful interventions of estates and travel which have done so much to reduce our carbon emissions. We will continue to encourage the four principles of sustainable models of care - prevention, patient self-care, lean service delivery and lower carbon alternatives - at every opportunity. Our desire as a system is to embed the sustainability principles of carbon literacy, social value, and the circular economy, and to harness both digital transformation and nature to improve health and wellbeing outcomes by 2025. However, the links between climate change and health are not commonly realised. Therefore, one major objective of our strategy is to engage with our staff, system partners and communities to overcome this barrier to change. This Green Plan is intrinsic to this. By making engagement and awareness-raising key pillars, our strategy will provide an emphatic message that by tackling climate change collectively we can create positive health and wellbeing outcomes for everybody. Our Green Plan addresses the wider sustainability goals we want to achieve as system by • reducing the impacts of air pollution on health • tackling the causes and effects of health inequalities and poverty • reducing and mitigating the impacts of climate change on the system and population health • delivering the NHS Long Term Plan (value for money, staff development, embracing digital and doing things differently) and • providing leadership through actions, partnerships, engagement and transparency to deliver a net-zero NHS. Our strategy will achieve collective ownership and accountability and embed sustainability into our system. By achieving the UK climate change targets we can help save over 100,000 lives per year.3 We must all play our role in this urgent health opportunity. Foreword Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Green Plan | 4 Will Pope Chair Suffolk and North East Essex Dr Ed Garratt Chief Officer Suffolk and North East Essex Amanda Lyes Director Workforce & People Suffolk and North East Essex