Health Policy

21.08.20

NHS Property Services publishes Corporate Social Responsibility update

NHS Property Services (NHSPS) has published its first update to its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, as part of continued efforts to improve the lives of patients and communities up and down the country.

Launched in 2018, the CSR strategy covers NHSPS’ commitment to acting responsibly and operating sustainably in order to help the NHS deliver the Long Term Plan.

The latest updates support key focus areas for the NHS: social prescribing, reducing carbon emissions, improving accessibility and managing waste.

Key highlights from the report include:

  • Creation of six social prescribing sites for patients and communities
  • Development of 324 online access guides for NHS sites in partnership with AccessAble, a not-for-profit providing accessibility information on airports, restaurants, public spaces and buildings
  • Offsetting over 830 tonnes of CO2 through LED replacements
  • £56,000 raised for the organisation's charity partner, with £89,000 raised for charity overall
  • 2,500 volunteer hours completed by employees

Martin Steele, Chief Executive Officer for NHS Property Services, said: “I am delighted with the progress we have made to improve the lives of patients and communities across the country. It is a testament to the enthusiasm, drive and passion of our colleagues across the business, and a true example of us living our values, pulling together as one team to support the Long Term Plan and enable excellent patient care.” 

Whilst good progress has been made, NHSPS is committed to doing more. As part of its role in helping the NHS to deliver on its Long Term Plan, the organisation is committed to creating healthy places for patients, colleagues, communities and the environment to thrive. 

Lucy Arnold, West Midlands Facilities Support Assistant at NHS Property Services, added: “We were contacted by one of the GPs at a local health centre who was looking to set up a community gardening group for patients who are suffering from mental illnesses. The GP wanted to use the group to improve their wellbeing by gardening and socialising together over a shared, common interest.

“Four of our colleagues volunteered to transform the internal courtyard into raised beds where patients can now grow their own seasonal produce. The space not only provides a chance for these patients to spend time together but is seen and enjoyed by all users of the health centre as they walk through the waiting room.”

NHSPS has outlined an ambitious programme of activities over the next year and intends provide another update in 2021 to ensure the organisation continues to deliver meaningful change for the NHS, employees and patients within the community.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest healthcare news

Digital prescribing and records introduction boosted by funding

18/09/2020Digital prescribing and records introduction boosted by funding

More patients and healthcare staff are set to benefit from single electronic patient records after the UK Government announced £8.7m fundin... more >
NICE’s support for rebuilding capacity in non-Covid health services

18/09/2020NICE’s support for rebuilding capacity in non-Covid health services

Paul Chrisp, Director of the Centre for Guidelines, NICE When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK’s shores earlier this year, the NHS res... more >
New Lighthouse Labs established to boost testing capacity

17/09/2020New Lighthouse Labs established to boost testing capacity

Testing capacity is set to be significantly boosted through the creation of two new Lighthouse Labs in Newcastle and Bracknell. The announce... more >

editor's comment

26/06/2020Adapting and Innovating

Matt Roberts, National Health Executive Editorial Lead. NHE May/June 2020 Edition We’ve been through so much as a health sector and a society in recent months with coronavirus and nothing can take away from the loss and difficulties that we’ve faced but it vital we also don’t disregard the amazing efforts we’v... read more >

last word

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad: ‘We all have a role to play in getting innovations quicker’

Haseeb Ahmad, president of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI), sits down with National Health Executive as part of our Last Word Q&A series. Would you talk us th... more > more last word articles >

the scalpel's daily blog

NICE’s support for rebuilding capacity in non-Covid health services

18/09/2020NICE’s support for rebuilding capacity in non-Covid health services

Paul Chrisp, Director of the Centre for Guidelines, NICE When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the UK’s shores earlier this year, the NHS responded quickly, diverting and devoting resources to make sure patients facing this new and unknown pathogen received the best possible care. But in doing so, many other health services were reduc... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

comment

NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

23/09/2019NHS England dementia director prescribes rugby for mental health and dementia patients

Reason to celebrate as NHS says watching rugby can be good for your mental health and wellbeing. As the best rugby players in the world repr... more >
Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

21/06/2019Peter Kyle MP: It’s time to say thank you this Public Service Day

Taking time to say thank you is one of the hidden pillars of a society. Being on the receiving end of some “thanks” can make communit... more >
Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professionals as new research reveals how shockingly under-vauled our NHS, edu... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda University Health Board, looks ahead to the new integrated care centre bei... more >

interviews

Organ Donation Week: Having the conversation

11/09/2020Organ Donation Week: Having the conversation

As part of Organ Donation Week, NHE’s Matt Roberts spoke with our Managing Director Roy Rowlands about the importance of raising aware... more >
Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

24/10/2019Matt Hancock says GP recruitment is on the rise to support ‘bedrock of the NHS’

Today, speaking at the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) annual conference, Matt Hancock highlighted what he believes to be the three... more >
NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

17/09/2019NHS dreams come true for Teesside domestic

Over 20 years ago, a Teesside hospital cleaner put down her mop and took steps towards her midwifery dreams. Lisa Payne has been delivering ... more >
How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to surging demand burdening acute health providers over the winter months,... more >

health service focus

View all News