Our achievements are what drive us forward. We are cutting carbon, realising cost savings and improving wellbeing at SCFT and with other Trusts across the NHS.

Sharing our achievements and lessons learned

Oli from the CWC team picks up our award at the Sustainable Health and Care Awards

At the heart of Care Without Carbon is our ambition to get everyone thinking about how they can be more sustainable, not just within healthcare but across the board.

We hope to achieve this by talking clearly and openly about the work we do, why we do it and what we are achieving. Each year we produce an Annual Sustainability Report to share our progress and ambitions.

With clarity comes understanding, with understanding comes action. And with action comes change.

Doing it differently

Our first Annual Sustainability Report was also a first within the NHS. Traditionally Trust’s report on their sustainability work within the Annual Report, but we believe that sustainable healthcare has a bigger role to play in the future of the NHS.

That is why we’ve created a specific report on our work to deliver truly sustainable healthcare, our first came out in 2016.

We’ve come a long way since then, and progress for the year 2020 is detailed in our latest Annual Sustainability Progress Report.

We’re proud of our achievements, while recognizing that there is much more we can do.

You can download it here.CWCAnnualReport2020_FINAL_WEB

Results that speak for themselves

Our scorecard graphic captures the progress against the three pillars of sustainable healthcare.

Below is the scorecard for 2020.


Dare to Care is delivering too...

Our award winning Dare to Care staff engagement programme helps to deliver on the Culture and Wellbeing steps of our Care Without Carbon model specifically, while also supporting across all seven of the steps.

We have worked with NEF (New Economics Foundation) to measure the success of our work with Dare, and we are delighted at the results so far.

Our ambition is to lift staff wellbeing to 5/10 which is in line with the national average (although it is worth noting that the national average is not NHS specific). In 2019 our work with Dare to Care achieved a wellbeing score of  4.22/10.

Why we link health and wellbeing with our work on reducing our impact on the environment

We believe that the most sustainable healthcare is self care. We’ve created a ‘virtuous circle’ graphic to illustrate this and we think this is one picture that is worth a thousand words!


Working across our region

The power of Care Without Carbon is its ability to work across multiple NHS Trusts – the more Trusts who get involved the bigger the impact we can make in terms of reducing the environmental cost of delivering healthcare.

We are delighted to be working with other NHS trusts in our  region, including Sussex Partnership, East Sussex Healthcare Trust and Sussex and Surrey Healthcare Trust.

We’ve come a long way 

The growth and achievement of Care Without Carbon has taken time and commitment to deliver and we don’t intend to rest on our laurels, with planning already in place for a new approach to take us beyond 2020.

Want to know more?

Would you like to see results like these at your Trust? Then get in touch as we may be able to help.

Email BeckyRitchie (rebecca.ritchie2@nhs.net) our Acting Associate Director Sustainability or give her a call on 01273 696011 (ext 2238).