This briefing from Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) offers commissioners, and members of health and wellbeing boards, a summary of the “policy and operational drivers” for a sustainable development approach to the design and delivery of health and social care. Climate change and other environmental issues feature prominently, as do social and economic sustainability.
The report relates short case studies of good practice at local levels, illustrating some benefits regarding efficiency, risk management, reputation, legislative compliance and health. On your bikes?:
“Meeting targets to reduce greenhouse gases will require more walking and cycling and less motor vehicle use, bringing substantial health benefits from reduced cardiovascular disease, depression, diabetes and dementia”. (p.4)
Max, C [and] SCIE (2012). Sustainable health and social care: a briefing for commissioners and health and wellbeing boards. London: Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), May 2012. (SCIE Report 59).