Patient care, as always, remains our primary focus but we must also play our part to tackle climate change and leave the planet a better place. We are committed to improving sustainability within our organisation because of the longer term impact we have on the health and wellbeing of our service users, employees, visitors and the wider community.
In 2010 we joined the 10:10 campaign to cut carbon emissions, pledging to cut our total emissions by at least 10% in one year. We exceeded that target, cutting our carbon emissions by 11%.
The Trust's Carbon Reduction Plan, developed with the Carbon Trust, requires a cut in carbon emissions of 25% by 2015 from the 2008 baseline and we are well on course to meet this target.
Our Sustainability strategy sets out how we plan to balance and improve our financial, social and environmental sustainability and how we will measure our progress.
Sustainability strategy (PDF, 653 KB)
South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust recognises that people with mental health problems often face the challenge of retaining or recovering a life that is meaningful and satisfying. Our main aim is to help service users recover and make them feel part of society again. Our Facilitating Recovery and Social Inclusion strategy defines this aim, and how it can be achieved.
The overall aim of adopting a new strategy for work with carers, families and friends of people using Trust services is to develop better partnerships, improve the quality of the support we provide directly to people, improve clinical and social outcomes and recognise the vital importance of close social networks to the mental well being.
We need to ensure staff attitudes and approaches are oriented towards including carers, families and friends positively, recognising their expertise and their usual great commitment to their loved ones, wanting what is best for them.
At South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust we take the management of infection very seriously.
Describes the basic practices essential for caring for clients' safety and how we ensure these practices are carried out.
Infection Prevention and Control information leaflet (PDF, 42 KB)
The prevention and control of infections South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on 21 October 2009.
CQC inspection report 2009 (PDF, 41 KB)
The Trust is required to have a Board-level agreement outlining the collective responsibility for minimising the risks of infection and the general means by which we prevent and control such risks.
The Trust Board has a duty to take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of HCAI for people who use our services, for our staff and for the public. This HCAI Board-level agreement was approved by the Trust Board in February 2009.
HCAI Board-level agreement (PDF, 42 KB)
In March 2012 the Trust Board ratified a further declaration outlining the Trusts commitment to eliminating mixed sex accommodation.
The Trust Board is committed to ensuring that effective risk management is an integral part of its management approach underpinning all activities. This strategy outlines the framework within which risks are identified and assessed.
Risk Management Strategy 2012-13 (PDF, 124 KB)