The integrated care system in Kent and Medway is a partnership between all NHS organisations, councils, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and independent statutory bodies.
This puts us in a unique position to work together and identify opportunities to take a collective approach to tackling the climate emergency, as well as improving long-term health and wellbeing for the people who live here.
Here you can read our partners sustainability strategies:
The trust's green plan is a commitment to reduce its impact on the environment and to deliver sustainable healthcare. It will work with patients, staff, local communities and partners to put the organisation on a path to a cleaner, greener, healthier and more equitable future.
Kent County Council (KCC) is committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its own estate, operations and wholly owned traded services to net zero by 2030.
KCC is one of very few local authorities in the country to have achieved the International Standard for Environmental Management (ISO14001) and have held this standard since 2009.
Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) is committed to principles of transparency and sustainability.
In the trust's first sustainability strategy there is a focus primarily but not exclusively, on the use of natural resources as a building block to have far-reaching, positive impacts on colleagues and communities.
The trust's green plan provides details of its approach to sustainable development.
It outlines projects and activities including staff awareness and engagement, waste reduction and reducing the carbon emissions associated with service delivery and estate operations.
Medway Council is committed to achieving next zero in Medway by 2050. The council has developed an action plan to ensure it plays its part in addressing the climate emergency.
Medway NHS Foundation Trust aspires to make substantial improvements to the sustainability of its operations.
Its green plan provides an organisation-wide strategy that outlines a plan of action for 2021/26, in line with the trust's vision and objectives.
It aims to deliver more sustainable healthcare; improving the quality of care while enhancing resilliance, sustainability and wellbeing in preparation for future pressures and challenges.
NHS Kent and Medway is committed to ensuring it creates and embeds sustainable models of care and delivery throughout the services it commissions.
Ensuring its own operations and estate are working towards local, national and global ambitions to address the greatest challenge ever faced by healthcare.
Our vision is to see sustainability at the heart of everything we do, providing first class patient care in the most sustainably conscious way.
The trust will deliver a clear, co-ordinated approach to managing and improving environmental impacts of its activities.
This will ensure that it achieves a standard of sustainable development that will have positive impacts on health, expenditure, efficiency, and the environment in response to climate change.