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Sustainable Development Unit – system measurement of sustainability reporting performance

Name: Sustainable Development Unit
Category: Sustainability
Location: Cambridge
Project summary: Each year we evaluate sustainability reports from NHS trusts and CCGs against pre-defined criteria. This is a chance for you to lead on this evaluation, with support from the skilled and knowledgeable SDU team. It's a great chance to learn about reporting, implementing and managing sustainable development in the health and social care sector, as well as improving skills in data management and analysis, communications, monitoring progress and evaluation.
Detailed summary: An invaluable opportunity has arisen for one or more masters students (or similar) to work with the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU). The SDU is joint-funded by NHS England and Public Health England, and advises, supports, monitors and reports on embedding sustainable development across the health and social care sector.

  This project will involve evaluating sustainability reports from NHS trusts and CCGs against pre-defined criteria, with support from the skilled and knowledgeable team of the SDU. A chance to learn about reporting, implementing and managing sustainable development in the health and social care sector, as well as improving skills in data management and analysis, communication, monitoring progress and evaluation..

  Timescales: Opportunity typically is available between mid-July to the end of September, with the student working at their own pace during this time ensure completion. The SDU is based in Cambridge. At least 2 visits would be required over the course of the project but the student can be based anywhere in the UK.

  Good outcome: The outcomes are typically two fold – the SDU provide the student with several years of sustainability reporting scores for all NHS trusts and CCGs to typically feature in their project. The SDU use the review scores to publish and promote the excellent score amongst the NHS to demonstrate good practice.

  Value to the system: The SDU use the data to demonstrate the progress of good and excellent sustainability reporting performance across the system. Some of the data and scoring outcomes are used in the SDU Healthcheck scorecard, mapping process and generally help to raise the success and profile of sustainable development within and outside of the NHS.

  The SDU have been running this process for several years – last year’s review was undertaken by Yulia Omer who was a masters student at the time and is now running a 3 year sustainability research project with University of Surrey and Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

  “I thoroughly enjoyed working with SDU. Not only I was exposed to a wealth of knowledge and expertise but was also provided with seemingly unlimited support. Despite working remotely, I always felt part of the team and the SDU was never further than a phone call away. I learned a great deal about how the healthcare system operates and what sustainable development means for the sector. Reading and scoring the reports has also allowed me to gain insight into what’s going on in every NHS organisation with regards to sustainable development, which helped me immensely when applying for my PhD placement. Working with SDU was a fun, rewarding and educating experience - I couldn’t ask for more from my summer placement.”

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Current status: In progress

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