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Helping the NHS to be a good corporate citizen

13 February 2006

Minister launches NHS Good Corporate Citizenship Self-assessment Model

Public Health Minister Caroline Flint, Sir Nigel Crisp and Jonathon Porritt today launched a self-assessment model to help NHS organisations to measure and improve their sustainable development performance.

The model, which is web-based and available on a CD-Rom, will enable NHS organisations to look closely at how they contribute to strong local economies, community cohesion and a healthy environment.

It will take into account the following factors:

- How they buy goods and services;
- How they build and manage buildings and land;
- Their employment practices;
- How they manage their waste and transport, and
- How they work in partnership with others to contribute to healthy local populations.

Five NHS organisations agreed to test the model. Half-day workshops were held at these Trusts to gather feedback and input into the model, and to showcase good practice through developing a case study for inclusion in the final model.

Announcing the launch, Sir Nigel Crisp said:
"All organisations providing healthcare stand to benefit from behaving as good corporate citizens. This assessment model offers the opportunity to promote health, tackle health inequalities, save money and contribute to a healthy environment."

The model was developed by the Sustainable Development Commission on behalf of the Department of Health, following a commitment in the 'Choosing Health' white paper.

Jonathon Porritt, Chairman of the Sustainable Development Commission, said:
"As the largest employer in Europe, with massive expenditure, it's vital that the NHS tackles health inequalities and environmental issues in its day-to-day activities. The good corporate citizenship model provides an excellent framework for NHS organisations to get to grips with this, and truly showcase sustainable development in practice."

Notes to editors:

1. Further information on Good Corporate Citizenship and the NHS: www.corporatecitizen.nhs.uk

2. The five NHS organisations which tested the model are:

- Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital NHS Trust
- Nottingham City Primary Care Trust
- University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
- Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust
- Barts and The London NHS Trust

3. The 'Choosing Health' white paper: Download

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