Cycling and the NHS

Following is from a recent email correspondence with the NHS Sustainability Unit. Apologies, needs to be read in date order!

 

Hi Clive,

I apologise that you feel this way – as you can imagine it is an exceptionally broad agenda and as a very small team of 5 we are doing our very best to cover as much of the sustainability agenda for the health and care system as possible. Suggestions such as yours are always helpful and are taken into consideration when we plan our programme of work. We are working with local authorities via health and wellbeing boards – you might like to look at our Toolkit recently developed for this purpose, which has a section on active travel: http://www.sduhealth.org.uk/areas-of-focus/community-resilience/health-and-wellbeing-board-toolkit.aspx

Best wishes,

Shelley

From: Clive Durdle [mailto:clivedurdle@me.com]
Sent: 29 October 2015 14:08
To: sdu England (NHS ENGLAND)
Subject: Re: Cycling and the NHS

Thanks for your response. I hope you do more than “could”.

I understand this conversation has highlighted a serious fault in nhs and phe’s responses to sustainability, possibly due to the various organisations and others like local authority planning and highways and the dot not really grasping the step changes that are needed throughout the various systems.

I understand you are in a critical position to lead change and understand this subject to be a critical part of your business plan.

I must conclude by noting that your team do not seam to have a good enough understanding of sustainable development and what is possible.

I was not expecting the sorts of replies I have got.

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On 29 Oct 2015, at 03:35, “sdu England (NHS ENGLAND)” <england.sdu@nhs.net> wrote:

Hi Clive,

Our work programme is currently focussed around implementation of the sustainable development strategy – and our work tends to be set by the priorities of our two host organisations – NHS England and PHE. We are currently developing next year’s business plan so we could take this into consideration, thank you.

Best wishes,

Shelley

From: Clive Durdle [mailto:clivedurdle@me.com]
Sent: 29 October 2015 02:42
To: sdu England (NHS ENGLAND)
Subject: Re: Cycling and the NHS

I am also very surprised at your response considering what this states:

https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2015/06/16/pedalling-your-way-to-better-health/

Thanks

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On 28 Oct 2015, at 13:27, Clive Durdle <clivedurdle@mac.com> wrote:

Do you not have a discussion fora?

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On 28 Oct 2015, at 03:53, “sdu England (NHS ENGLAND)” <england.sdu@nhs.net> wrote:

Thank you Clive – unfortunately as we are a very small team and this is not currently in our programme of work it is not something that we would be able to do currently – however it is an excellent suggestion for future work.

Best wishes,

Shelley

From: Clive Durdle [mailto:clivedurdle@mac.com]
Sent: 14 October 2015 17:49
To: sdu England (NHS ENGLAND)
Subject: Re: Cycling and the NHS

Thanks would it be possible for your team to start a discussion about this, and contributors would then be able to begin the process of collating evidence based interventions?

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On 14 Oct 2015, at 14:35, sdu England (NHS ENGLAND) <england.sdu@nhs.net> wrote:

Dear Clive,

Thank you for your email. As far as we are aware there is currently no NHS-wide strategy on cycling, however there is plenty of activity around encouraging staff and patients to cycle to and from hospitals/NHS buildings. I would suggest firstly looking at our case studies page which has a few examples with this, along with contact details of people within the organisations if you would like to discuss how they implemented their plans further (http://www.sduhealth.org.uk/resources/case-studies.aspx).

As cycling integrates a broad range of issues perhaps your local health and wellbeing board would be a good point of contact?

Best wishes,

Shelley

First health sector-wide report on preparations for climate change available at http://www.sduhealth.org.uk/ARP

Shelley Hugill
Business Support and Project Manager
Sustainable Development Unit (SDU)

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From: Clive Durdle [mailto:clivedurdle@mac.com]
Sent: 08 October 2015 15:38
To: sdu England (NHS ENGLAND)
Subject: Cycling and the NHS

Is there an NHS strategy about this? Is anyone trying to implement anything?

I suggest Stevenage would be a very interesting place to develop models and policies, not just for personal transport but for the last mile issue as it does have a reasonable cycling infrastructure, although badly underused and in need of upgrading, and allowing integration of public health, transport logistics, accessibility and sustainability matters with health issues.

http://www.ecf.com/wp-content/uploads/Declaration-of-Luxembourg-on-Cycling-as-a-climate-friendly-Transport-Mode.pdf

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