Small steps add up, the Healthier Action Fund deadline is approaching!

Our national NHS target is to reach net zero by 2040, to achieve this many we need innovative ideas to reduce our carbon footprint.

Small steps add up, the Healthier Action Fund deadline is approaching!

What is this fund?

This fund was set up to support individuals and teams to get an idea to improve sustainability off the ground. The project criteria are quite broad, and ideas could include waste reduction, active travel, improved air quality, introducing sustainable technology, and much more.

If you have an idea on how to reduce the environmental impact of healthcare submit your idea to the Healthier Futures Action Fund for the chance to bring your idea to life.

Applicants can apply for a grant of up to £15,000 to deliver the project and the deadline is this Friday the 19th of August.

Greener NHS would like applications from a wide range of different fields, from clinical and non-clinical NHS departments across both primary and secondary care. Preference will however be given to; clinical transformation, medicines, travel & transport, procurement, and estates & facilities.

Not sure where to start?

The Greener NHS Team have also provided some examples of other pioneering sustainable healthcare solutions across the country for inspiration.

  • A surgical team at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has completed the first documented “net zero” operation in the NHS.
  • Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust has e-bikes dedicated to clinical teams for visiting patients allowing staff in urban areas to avoid traffic jams and time spent looking for parking. This low-carbon travel option improves the health and wellbeing patients, staff, and the community. Pedal power for cleaner healthcare delivery.
  • In Bristol University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust are taking steps to increase the use of alternative surgical anaesthesia options to reduce the use of desflurane, such as switching to lower carbon alternative sevoflurane. Putting anaesthetic-generated emissions to bed.
  • The team at St Mary’s Hospital and Charing Cross Hospital initiated a year-long project to improve patient comfort and cut waste through the reduction of unnecessary cannulation in the emergency departments. Reducing unnecessary cannulation at Charing Cross Hospital.

Small steps add up. Find out more and apply for the Healthier Futures Action Fund today, to kick-start your sustainable healthcare initiative for better health now and for future generations