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Innovative partners selected for green accelerator programme

The first innovative partners have been selected for a new pilot programme, aimed at supporting the NHS’ in reducing their carbon footprint. They will be the focus of the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network’s (YHAHSN) inaugural ‘green’ accelerator programme.

There will initially be three companies involved in the programme. Some of those taking part provide an integrated care platform, helping connect patients and healthcare professionals, as well as those providing a digital personal health record solution. 

The [email protected] Net Zero pilot programme aims to provide the three companies access to a structured course of bespoke support and advice around the environmental sustainability of their products.

Kathy Scott, Deputy Chief Executive at the YHAHSN, said: “Innovation is all about change and if we are going to address this massive issue, we need to bring about change in the way we think and operate. The AHSN is perfectly positioned to support the drive for environmental sustainability at every stage and every level, and support the development and uptake of innovations that support this crucial agenda.

“All three of the selected companies offer innovative green solutions to help the NHS achieve its target of reaching net zero by 2040 and we will work closely with them to enable them to bring their innovative green solutions to the region.”

In order to be selected, all the organisations will either already have sustainable or ‘green’ innovations, or products that currently reflect the goal of achieving a net-zero NHS by 2040. This is highlighted in the ‘Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service’ report.

Frank Swinton, Climate Change Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, said: “Climate change and health are intricately linked in that they both affect one another in a circular fashion. It is therefore imperative that we work to break the cycle and ensure that our health and social care services are as environmentally friendly as possible going forwards.

“This scheme is a great way to help innovators bring their green med solutions closer to being everyday tech, that is used across the sector, and we’re delighted to be able to offer this programme in West Yorkshire and Harrogate where we aspire to become global leaders in our response to climate change.”

It will be commissioned by West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership, and delivered by YHAHSN.  

You can join a wide variety of healthcare professionals at NHE’s Net-Zero NHS event on 25 August. Register for the event here.

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As was outlined by Sir Simon Stevens when the NHS announced their green plans back in 2020, 5,700 lives could be saved each year by improved air quality. Even more could see their overall health improve and be in a position to self-manage their conditions, rather than requiring NHS treatment. Covid-19 has already left the NHS with a sizeable treatment backlog, so anything which can be done to improve patient health and reduce demand is beneficial for all.

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