Meet the team
Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Management
Stepping Hill Hospital
- England - Greater Manchester
Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
- England - national
- England - Oxford
- Simon Bennet
- Andrea Stewart
- Neil Turton
What is the positive change that has emerged through new collaborations or partnerships during Covid-19 that your project is going to embed?
“Climate change is a medical emergency … It thus demands an emergency response…”
Prof Hugh Montgomery
The COVID crisis has had a profound negative impact on the vital sustainability agenda – particularly through single use items.
National polls, trainee feedback and staff surveys demonstrate a thirst for us to make a change. To lead the way in achieving carbon neutrality.
Current sustainability approaches are being developed in uncoordinated silos. There is a massive opportunity to connect patients and staff in a community with the clearest shared purpose humanity has faced. We can learn together to recover from COVID in a sustainable way.
We have established partnerships with the Advancing Quality Alliance (AQuA), the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH), the Carbon Literacy project and Stockport Council.
Together we have formulated Our Green Community. A staff and patient led sustainability crowdsourcing community.
What does your project aim to achieve?
We will establish a community of sustainably informed patients and staff. We will empower people to generate novel ideas and work together to bring them to fruition. The engine of change will be Sustainable Quality Improvement (SusQI) methodology. The spark to ignite the fire will be Carbon Literacy training.
- Share learning during the COVID recovery
- Generate and develop ideas and processes for a sustainable COVID recovery
- Primary Outcomes: carbon footprint reduction / financial savings / social impact (Triple Bottom Line)
- Secondary Outcomes: staff/patient satisfaction / staff engagement / staff retention /
There is a large body of evidence demonstrating how climate change widens health equalities. By achieving carbon neutrality we will play our part in negating these effects.
How will the project be delivered?
We will utilise NHS Large Scale change methodology. Project management will be supported by AQuA who have a wide range of experience in this field. We will divide the project into discrete 30/60/90 day cycles.
Stakeholder Engagement (30): We will engage and recruit staff and patient key stakeholders. We have already recruited exec and non-exec board level sponsorship.
SusQI (30): With the support of the CSH we will align our current QI methodology with SusQI.
Carbon Literacy (60): With the support of the Carbon Literacy project we will train a core cohort in carbon literacy. This will empower the community to drive meaningful change.
Staff/Patient recruitment (60): This will be led by the comms team.
Our Green Community idea generation and enactment (90): This will be supported by all stakeholders with advice from NHS Horizons.
The project offer excellent value for money as it utilises pre-existing workforce to enact change.
How is your project going to share learning?
BMJ open quality
Special Interest Group involvement
Sustainable healthcare network interaction.
Final project report.
Social Media / conventional media – led by comms team
How you can contribute
- Expert opinion and advice on:
- staff/patient recruitment methodology
- Business case development
- Links to those within sustainable healthcare
- Links to other agencies that would fit well within the model.
- Any and all advice!
|15 Nov 2020||Core team engagement|
|15 Nov 2020||Declare a climate emergency|
|15 Dec 2020||SusQI integration|
|15 Feb 2021||Crowdsourcing platform creation and 'go live'|
|15 Mar 2021||Staff and patient recruitment|
|15 Jun 2021||Idea generation and enactment|