Supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals: reconceptualising a 'sustainable development assessment tool' for the health and care system in England

Hewitt, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7036-3451, Molthan-Hill, P. ORCID: 0000-0002-4425-1800, Lomax, R. and Baddley, J., 2018. Supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals: reconceptualising a 'sustainable development assessment tool' for the health and care system in England. Perspectives in Public Health. ISSN 1757-9139

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Aims: As one of the biggest organisations in the world, the NHS in England can contribute considerably to the United Nations’ Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In order to optimise this, this study evaluated and reconceptualised a sustainable development assessment tool for health and care settings in England.

Methods: A quantitative survey and user/expert discussion panels were conducted to evaluate and reconceptualise the existing sustainable development assessment tool used by the NHS in England, the so-called ‘Good Corporate Citizenship Assessment Tool’, between 2007 and 2016 including potential improvements such as the integration of the UN SDGs.

Results: A reconceptualised self-assessment tool integrating the UN’s SDGs was developed and implemented online as the ‘Sustainable Development Assessment Tool (SDAT)’. Further improvements included a process orientated redesign and the creation of new modules and cross-sections aligning them with the leads responsible for the implementation of key initiatives in NHS organisations, which would contribute to achieving the targets of the SDGs.

Conclusions: User/expert involvement has enabled an informed approach to a reconceptualisation of a sustainable assessment tool for health and care settings. The tool will support organisations to build their mandatory Sustainable Development Management Plans, as part of the national Public Health Outcomes Framework. Alignment of the tool to the UN Sustainable Development Goals provides an opportunity for health and care organisations to demonstrate accountability and progress against the UN’s set of transformational goals. Furthermore, the tool could be adapted to other public service providers.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Perspectives in Public Health
Creators: Hewitt, M., Molthan-Hill, P., Lomax, R. and Baddley, J.
Publisher: Sage
Date: 11 July 2018
ISSN: 1757-9139
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 16 Jul 2018 10:16
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2018 15:18

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