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Going online and cutting carbon

Sussex Partnership has developed a great virtual communications offering online, to reduce the need for face to face meetings and appointments which also saves a lot of carbon emissions.

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Adapting to the pandemic offers new ways of working

Sussex Partnership, like many other organisations in the pandemic, had to react swiftly in developing an online service offering when face to face meetings became impossible.

The Digital Directorate rose to the challenge, and staff embraced this new way of working. While it started as a way to beat COVID, the Trust recognise that this can form part of the ‘new normal’ once things begin to settle back down.

The numbers speak for themselves

The stats are impressive, with over 79,000 consultations taking place on Attend Anywhere since March last year. That is over 2,200 clinicians across 156 different services making use of this technology. There have also been over 6,000 meetings on Zoom since a proof of concept project was launched in September last year. The platform is ideal for group therapy sessions, and with a good break out room option it also works well for seminars and workshops. The Go To software has also been well used with over 10,00 meetings and 1,000 webinars taking place in the past year.

This shift to virtual working isn’t always ideal and we will need some face to face still, but it does offer a viable alternative to doing things face to face all the time. To date, across the Trust the use of virtual technology has reduced mileage by roughly 60% since March last year which brings with it a huge reduction in its carbon footprint from travel (around a 25% drop) and financial savings. In addition, by going virtual staff get time back in the day, which is invaluable.

As we begin to get past the worst of the pandemic, let’s keep going with these new ways of working that are proving so effective, offer patients a viable alternative for their care and help to reduce the impact of healthcare on the environment.