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The story of the NHS could rival some of the best novels ever written. It is full of firsts: the world’s first universal healthcare system; the first to initiate a clinically approved COVID-19 vaccination programme; the first to deliver a combined lung and heart transplant. It has faced its share of adversity; not least, the […]
A circular economy for surgical textiles. Reducing travel emissions through smarter, faster, greener care. Technology that reduces emissions from pain relief 300 times more environmentally harmful than carbon dioxide. These are just some of the award-winning innovations that the NHS will invest in through a new £1 million Net Zero SBRI Healthcare competition. Launched last […]
SBRI Healthcare awards £1 million to pioneering innovations to support the delivery of a net zero NHS
SBRI Healthcare has awarded a total of £1 million to ten pioneering MedTech and Digital innovations to support the delivery of a Net Zero NHS. The new projects are funded through a nationwide call by SBRI Healthcare, in partnership with the Greener NHS Programme, and which attracted 46 applications from a range of organisations, including […]
As negotiators gather for the United Nations global climate change summit, COP26, an international group of leaders from some of the NHS’s largest suppliers have come together to pledge their support for a greener NHS, in recognition of the unequivocal threat to health presented by climate change. Left unabated, climate change will disrupt care, with […]
The NHS has today unveiled at COP26 – the United Nations global summit held in Glasgow – the world’s first zero emission ambulance capable of travelling up to 300 miles before re-charging. This marks a major milestone in the ongoing drive to build a greener NHS and save lives by tackling climate change at source. […]
The climate crisis is a health crisis. So agreed the NHS Assembly at our pre COP26 meeting where Dr Nick Watts, who has been appointed to lead the NHS’s charge on net zero, laid out how the health problems caused by climate change are very real and very immediate. And the facts around the NHS’s […]
On Thursday 9 September, Rosie was born in Newcastle. There was nothing unexpected about her birth. But that day, Rosie and her mum made history. Rosie’s mum, Kaja, was the first in the UK to use a “climate friendly” gas and air machine. This new machine removes and captures nitrous oxide, a powerful greenhouse gas, from […]
Every patient who needs kidney dialysis will benefit from free transport to and from vital hospital appointments, the NHS in England announced today. New rules will also come into place to make it simpler for other patients to get free transport, including those with long term conditions and mobility problems. After a full public consultation […]
NHS becomes the world’s first national health system to commit to become ‘carbon net zero’, backed by clear deliverables and milestones
World Health Organisation Director General backs NHS’s leadership as the world’s largest single health system. The NHS has today adopted a multiyear plan to become the world’s first carbon net zero national health system. The commitment comes amid growing evidence of the health impacts of climate change and air pollution, and aims to save thousands […]
NHS Chief Sir Simon Stevens has today announced the NHS and its staff will step up action to tackle the climate “health emergency” this year, helping prevent illness, reducing pressure on A&Es, and saving tens of thousands of lives. The initiative follows the launch of the Climate Assembly UK this week, which is discussing how the […]