This week we ran a workshop to refresh St George’s Green Plan and bring sustainability back into our teams and key stakeholders top priorities.

The healthcare we provide in the future depends on the action we take on climate change today.

“It will be grimly ironic if the NHS creates an environment which leads to ill heath, while simultaneously trying to cure it.” Camille Oung, Academic Placement, Nuffield Trust.

Professor Hugh Montgomery, OBE, gave a keynote speech. Hugh was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to intensive care medicine and climate change. He is a Professor of Intensive Care Medicine and Director of the UCL Centre for Human Health and Performance. He also co-chairs the international Lancet Countdown, which tracks how climate change is affecting human health.

Hugh highlighted, in stark reality, some of the extreme weather events we’ve experienced globally that have been caused by climate change, but also what’s to come with climate catastrophes if we don’t take action now.

The workshop also included speeches from Kate Slemeck, St George’s Managing Director and Executive Sponsor of the Green Plan, Jenni Doman, Site Director of Estates and Facilities and Sam Hall, St George’s Green Plan Programme Manager, who ran the workshop activity.

Kate Slemeck, Managing Director for St George’s, said:

“I want to thank everyone who attended the launch and helped us think through the opportunities and potential barriers.

“I felt and heard the commitment to develop healthcare more sustainably and this is one of St George’s core objectives for the year ahead and beyond.

“I am very pleased and excited to see initiatives rolling out that will help us all drive this forward together”.

The work St George’s Green Plan contributes to is in line with NHS England’s ‘Greener NHS’ work as well as The South West London Green Plan. St George’s is working towards a:

Healthier Planet, Healthier People, Sustainable Future.

The Greener NHS main objective is to deliver a net zero NHS by 2024, and each step St George’s takes, working collaboratively with partners across South West London, to become more sustainable contributes to delivering this.

The St George’s Green Plan outlines key workstreams that will contribute to the continuous improvement of sustainability across St George’s and set the Trust on its way Net Zero.

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