The King's Fund

Sustainable health and social care

  • Format: Printed copy
  • Author(s): Chris Naylor, John Appleby
  • Publication date: 22-Mar-2012

The activities of an organisation as large as the NHS inevitably have consequences for the environment. Carbon dioxide emissions attributable to the NHS in England alone are greater than the total admissions from all passenger aircraft departing from Heathrow Airport. As financial challenges for the health and social care sector increase, so too does the need for services to be delivered in ways that are environmentally sustainable.

Sustainable Health and Social Care: Connecting environmental and financial performance is based on a literature review and stakeholder consultation carried out by The King’s Fund on behalf of the National Institute for Health Research and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. The report provides an overview of current knowledge about the environmental impacts of health and social care and examines the evidence for a connection between sustainability, productivity and other system objectives.