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We are committed to delivering world-class healthcare and to ensuring the Trust remains fit to do so both now and in the future. We understand that we need to embed a culture that enables early adoption, adaptation and innovation to be driven throughout our organisation and into the core of the health services we deliver.

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Our aim is to be the most sustainable trust in the UK by 2020.

At the heart of our strategic vision is the desire to make lasting and measurable change to those who live in east London and beyond, addressing some of the key health and social inequalities which are prevalent within our communities.

Our sustainability strategy supports this vision, aiming to address and improve the environmental, social and financial impact of the Trust, its communities and the wider NHS. Our sustainable vision will be delivered through a structured programme of works that will be focused around the following areas:

Our hospitals

We commit to reducing our environmental impact, our reliance on natural capital and to improving the resilience of our built environments, ensuring they are fit for the future. This will be achieved through investment in infrastructure, improved biodiversity, integrated behavioural change, active travel and adaptation planning, delivered through strategic partnerships.

Our communities

We commit to reducing health and social inequalities, linking and connecting with our community to tackle four core impact areas: reducing fuel poverty, improving air quality, sustainable growing and food and nutrition education. Through our partnerships we will strive to create good quality, sustainable employment, skills and training opportunities and enhance the opportunity for social volunteering.

The wider NHS

We will continue to lead the way in the NHS as an exemplar beacon of best practice, knowledge sharing and innovation. Through the annual NHS Sustainability Day we will harness and enable collaboration between organisations; NHS trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Health and Wellbeing Boards. We will continue to drive the sustainability agenda across our immediate geographical location, London. Ensuring the region remains at the forefront of sustainable development. We will explore the potential for financial revenue opportunities for the organisation through the creation of replicable products which will be mutually beneficial to both Barts Health and the wider NHS.

The success of our sustainability programme has been recognised in a number of awards, including:

  • HSJ Award for Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability 2013
  • GSH Energy Award for Energy Efficienct Partnership of the Year 2013
  • GSH Energy Award Judges Supreme Award for Best overall Project 2013
  • HSJ Efficiency Award for Energy Efficiency 2013
  • Guardian Sustainable Business Awards for Best Partnership Project 2014
  • 2Degrees Award for Water Efficiency 2014
  • 2Degrees Award for Energy and Carbon Reduction (Short Term Payback) 2014
  • And highly commended entries in the following:
  • National Recycling Awards 2014
  • BusinessGreen Leaders Awards 2014
  • 2Degrees Award for Best External Communications Campaign 2014
  • 2Degrees Award for Best Internal Communications Campaign 2014
  • 2Degrees Award for Waste and Resource Management 2014 


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