NHS Property Services (NHSPS), a government-owned organisation responsible for 10 per cent of the NHS estate, has published its first update on its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
The CSR strategy, launched in 2018, covers its commitment to acting responsibly and operating sustainably in order to help the NHS to deliver on its long-term plan.
The updates, outlined in the latest report support key focus areas for the NHS: social prescribing, reducing carbon emissions, improving accessibility and managing waste.
Highlights of 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 charity partner Carers Trust, with £89,000 raised for charity overall
- 2,500 volunteer hours completed by employees
Although good progress has been made, the NHSPS says it is “committed to doing more” by “creating healthy places for patients, colleagues, communities and the environment to thrive”.
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