Greener Care

Devon Care home Collaborative

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Integrate climate in your business strategy

Think about your Mission Vision & Strategy

VISION: What does a climate ready care home look like? Maybe not the easiest exercise to do for everyone but try and picture your home in a greener future. What has changed? How do you see systems being implemented? Does it look vastly different from the way it looks now. Is it more efficient? Are you using clean energy? Has your staff taken on roles regarding sustainable solutions?

 An example of a mission statement could be:

 

We deliver climate negative care that is inclusive, equal divers and shared.

STRATEGY: What systems have you put in place to measure your carbon footprint? How have you got the staff involved in your vision and your mission? Have you included the wider community of your home(s)? What practices have you changed to reflect the climate in your business? Have you looked at different types of ownership and are you sharing assets.

Things you can do to start integrating climate strategies into your business

Mobility

When looking into mobility solutions for staff around the South West there are a few possible options available to businesses to help reduce carbon emissions generated by the staff.

Electric car, bike and moped schemes are available!

The options vary according where you are in Devon and your staff members will have specific demands and wishes with their commute into work. It will require conversions within the team to find out what works for which member of staff. Aspects like availability of a scheme, public transport and the weather will all have their impact on the choice. I have mentioned car share schemes here but with the Current Coivid19 guidelines it may require some extra thinking around safety aspects.

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Wheels to Work is working together with DCC to help care staff get mobile. The scheme is mainly aimed at domiciliary care but creating a client base within the DCHC could help staff to get mobile and have a positive impact of the carbon used in transport. The current fleet of WeelsToWork is petrol powered which is still a reduction in carbon emissions compared to a car. The price of a electric moped is currently double that of a petrol version. (£5K vs £3K) The running cost is significantly lower. A simple calculator for your usage can be found here.

The application is simple and can be made online.

  1. Do you live, work or study in Devon, North/East Cornwall or West Somerset?
  2. Are you aged 17+? (under 18s require parent/guardian consent)
  3. Under 25’s require a financial guarantor
  4. Do you have a provisional or full UK licence?
  5. Do you have a CBT or full bike Licence? (If you passed your car test before Feb 2001 you will be able to ride a 50cc scooter without the need for a CBT test.

The Co Bikes are currently available for Exeter and Falmouth, more locations will hopefully soon become available.

Our electric bikes make cycling a breeze – even uphill – so you don’t end up hot and sweaty, just refreshed and invigorated. This means they are not only great fun but also ideal for commuting or for getting to meetings around the city.

We are proud to be a not for profit social enterprise and that we are powered by Good Energy.

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Waste

Our publication, Measuring and reducing plastics in the healthcare sector, provides data on plastic use in the healthcare sector and successful case studies of reducing plastics.

Our publication also gives you practical steps on how to measure data for your own healthcare facility’s plastic consumption to support a compelling, evidence-based case for taking action on plastic in healthcare.

This latest HCWH Europe publication was produced as part of the project Towards plastic-free healthcare in Europe, and presents findings from the project.

Herefordshire CCG produced the following document with top tips to reduce the medicine waste in carehomes

Education

New Models of Care are initiatives being taken forward as part of the NHS Long Term Plan by vanguards and new systems such as Integrated Care Systems.

An example is Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH). It aims to move from reactive to practice models of care, which are more focused on individual needs and bring together a whole-system, multidisciplinary team to support care homes.

While it’s clear how this could improve care for care home residents, it will also have a potentially significant impact on environmental sustainability. This model can reduce food waste, prescribed medicines and packaging waste, hospital admissions and accompanying transport costs. It could also prevent the need for energy intensive treatment by preventing illness.

The SME Climate Hub is a global initiative that aims to mainstream climate action in the small to medium sized business community and enable SMEs to build resilient businesses for the future.

The first step is making the commitment: to halve emissions by 2030 and to become net zero by 2050 or sooner. After making the commitment, the SME Climate Hub provides SMEs with access to free tools and resources to support their net zero journey. With tools for climate education, and emissions measurement and reporting, SMEs can make strategic and impactful reductions, track their progress, and demonstrate climate leadership.