With the January 14th time limit for NHS Trusts to develop Green Plan sustainability strategies, the strategy development focus has now turned to the regional level with Integrated Care Systems being required to develop an integrated green plan incorporating all organisations in their area.
Rather than focus on detailed matters at an organisational level, the Greener NHS guidance on developing a Green Plan suggests that ICS strategies should draw upon Trust level green plans and address coordination and system wide priorities. To deliver maximum strategy benefits, ICS Green Plans should avoid the simple amalgamation of constituent organisation strategy, instead focusing on partnerships, deliverability and joint working.
Another consideration in the development of Green Plans is the inclusion of primary care organisations and other delivery partners such as local authorities. We recognise the importance of having a chapter on A Green Plan for Primary Care within the overall ICS Green Plan and we will present some key elements to include. Integration of primary care and secondary care green plans are essential and need to take into account the unique differences between the two sectors. We discuss how individual practices can reduce the environmental impact of their operations, but also how some strategic polices can affect the implementation.
WRM Sustainability and SEE Sustainability are hosting a free online event for NHS colleagues involved in ICS Green Plan development which will address the question of how to develop an ICS level sustainability strategy. A recent ICS case study will be used to outline approaches that can draw out regional partnership opportunities, and the considerations and practicalities for primary care will be discussed. Delegates will also have the opportunity to present questions to our expert panel.
The online event will be held using Microsoft Teams at 12:30-13:30 on Friday 18th February 2022. Registration is Free for all NHS colleagues and enquiries or bookings for the session can be made by email to Mark.Richmond@wrm-ltd.co.uk.