- On June 30, 2016
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The NHS and wider health sector could save up to £414m and cut 1 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year by 2020 through making changes that can also benefit people’s health.
The new report by the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England selected 35 areas and calculated their financial and environmental benefits. The SDU is funded by, and accountable to, NHS England and Public Health England to work across the NHS, public health and social care system.
The ‘Securing healthy returns’ report outlines areas that offer potential cash savings and environmental benefits. These include providing mental health services to people being treated for physical health needs in hospitals, encouraging staff to travel to work by bike or foot and increasing use of technology for communication – for instance between staff and for patients with long term conditions.
Alongside the report are a number of online tools which are designed to help decision makers better understand what different interventions can deliver both nationally and for their organisation.
The online resource is intended to provide an overview of carbon and cost reduction opportunities, as well as a framework within which users can develop their own analysis. The figures are derived from specific case studies and as such will not be equally applicable for every organisation. Developing local business cases will require local technical and economic assessments. This tool identifies the potential opportunities, interventions to investigate and scale of savings and is not a substitute for the usual financial analysis required to assemble a case for investment.
This would sit very well alongside Survisor’s Building Data retrieval system. A recent article in HefmA pulse Journal highlighted Survisor’s system as a cost effective option to make the process of building management for NHS Trusts as simple as possible with a high level overview and instant specific details about the condition of buildings and facilities. They also acknowledge that users can eliminate the need for locating and carrying out lengthy analyses of historical building management surveys, vastly reducing the time required for assessment and reporting. The Survisor team are currently offering a no-obligation demonstration of their efficiency driven technology to illustrate how it provides critical data at the touch of a screen. This would be useful for Facilities Professionals and Estates Managers managing NHS Trusts.