New plan launched to increase sustainability of Derbyshire’s NHS community services

The plan was signed off in May this year.

Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust has approved a new plan to reduce
the organisation’s impact on the environment and improve sustainability within its facilities and

The trust – which employs 4,300 staff and delivers care to over one million patients each year
across Derbyshire and Derby city – has just agreed a wide-ranging two year action plan to build on
its already award-winning approach to sustainability.

Its new Sustainable Development Management Plan was signed off by the trust’s board at the end
of May ready for implementation in all areas of activity.

Mark Armstrong-Read, who leads on sustainability for Derbyshire Community Health Services
NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The plan highlights the work that we’ll be doing over the next two
years to help reduce costs, improve the environment and support local communities, with a special
focus on some key areas.”

The key areas of focus are:
-Green space, biodiversity and food
-Ensuring goods and services are procured and used most efficiently
-Working with local communities, staff, patients and visitors
-Looking at how care is provided to find ways to reduce the impact on the environment whilst
continuing to improve community health and wellbeing. 

Members of the public can follow progress on Twitter, by following @SustainableDCHS for regular
information, advice and updates – and to contribute any ideas to enhance sustainability.

Mark Armstrong-Read added: “As we go about our core business of providing care to patients and
families we need to make sure we are doing so in as sustainable a way as possible. We are a
large organisation with a large workforce and we take our responsibility to the planet – as well as
to our patients - very seriously.”




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