Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

The masterplan – a national exemplar of a sustainable healthcare strategy

Hillbreak recently teamed up with our long-standing friends and collaborators, Creative Concern, to support and advise the University of Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) on the development of its new sustainability strategy, known as ‘The Masterplan’.

The strategy follows sector guidance developed by the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) and NHS Improvement, and incorporates the following four core themes:

  •   Environment: realising environmental gain
  •   Health: enhancing health and wellbeing
  •   Future: Being future ready
  •   Community: delivering social value

MFT Core Themes

These in turn are woven through the ten categories under the Sustainable Development Assessment Tool, which is the UK healthcare sector tool for measuring and improving sustainability performance. These include: corporate approach; asset management and utilities; travel and logistics; adaptation; capital projects; greenspace and biodiversity; sustainable care models; people; sustainable use of resources and greenhouse gas emissions.

As the largest Acute Trust in the UK, ambitions for the new strategy are high. It has been endorsed by Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, in the context of his ambition to make Greater Manchester one of the leading green cities in Europe.

MFT Sustainable Care Model

It was crucial to consult with the Trust’s diverse staff base to understand what the Trust’s sustainability goals and objectives should be – and how the Trust could lead the field in a national context.

Informed by MFT staff views, and using our combined knowledge of megatrends,  strategic foresight, sustainability reporting and governance, we supported the MFT team to help develop ‘The Masterplan: Making Sense of Sustainable Healthcare, 2018-2023, including through a series of strategy workshops.

The Strategy, which was approved by the Trust Board and published in November, has already been deemed by NHS Improvement (NHSI) as a national exemplar.

The Masterplan is available to view here