New report outlines areas that offer potential cash savings and environmental benefits.

By Derek Charter,

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The Securing Healthy Returns report from NHS England identifies a range of initiatives through which the NHS, Public Health and Social Care system could save £414m, reduce carbon emissions by 1 million tonnes every year through to 2020. The 35 interventions profiled cover a wide range of opportunities from how buildings are managed, prevention and changing models of care. For example 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.

The report shows there are big savings both financially and environmentally from proactively addressing issues like air quality and fuel poverty – which would improve people’s health, reduce inequalities and save the NHS money.

The analysis follows on from the Carter Review which identified potential efficiencies in NHS hospitals worth up to £1.3bn and included interventions with environmental co-benefits such as improved energy efficiency.

trakeo™ is proud to have been commissioned by the Sustainable Development Unit for NHS England and Public Health England to work in partnership with energy efficiency verification specialists, EEVS on this insightful project.

Interactive tools for staff

trakeo’s™ chief responsibility was to ensure that the project outcomes are mobilised in a way that supports positive change. trakeo™ software was deployed to provide practical tools designed to help decision makers better understand what different interventions can deliver both nationally and for their organisation. Our aim has been to empower users by providing a framework for decision making so that policy can transformed into practice.

Your Carbon Cost Benefit Curve tool enables users to enter specific details of their organisation such as staff numbers, floor space and operations. Users then select the interventions they want to include and the system will calculate the potential financial savings and reduction in tonnes of carbon.

For instance an average sized hospital with 3,000 staff and performing 60,000 operations a year could save up to £2.2m and cut 3,000 tonnes of carbon per year – the same as taking 1,300 cars off the road for a year.

 

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