Social Responsibility

As part of our role helping the NHS to deliver on its Long Term Plan, we are committed to protecting and promoting the communities we operate in through our corporate social responsibility strategy.

We do this by reducing demand on NHS services through supporting community-based health initiatives and addressing social issues to improve overall population health.

Our goals for 2020/21 include:

Image showing 5%: of all colleagues engaged in community activity

5%

of all colleagues engaged in community activity

Image showing £40k: raised for our charity partner, Young Lives vs Cancer

£40k

raised for our charity partner, Young Lives vs Cancer

Image showing 50: active social prescribing hubs across England

50

active social prescribing hubs across England

Creating spaces for social prescribing

Social prescribing is a way that GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals can refer patients to local, non-clinical services often provided by the voluntary and community sector to address the root cause of their health problems and improve wellbeing.

We are in prime position to help the NHS get the most from its estate and so are transforming vacant indoor and outdoor spaces across our portfolio into social prescribing hubs for community groups to use to help these patients. 

Learn more about our social prescribing programme

Improving building accessibility

We have been working with AccessAble since 2017 to produce accessibility guides for 324 of our properties so that patients can feel prepared and confident about getting to and around our NHS buildings.

We are also investing across our estate to make changes to our properties to make them more accessible, such as adding ramps, widening corridors, adding handle bars around buildings and using accessible colour schemes.

Find out more about our accessibility programme

Charity partnership with Young Lives vs Cancer

Following a call for applications in January 2021, Young Lives vs Cancer is our official charity partner for the next three years.

We are working closely with the charity to raise essential funds for their Homes from Home initiative. These free homes offer a lifeline to families as they are close to principal treatment centers, helping families avoid the extra financial burdens of travel, accommodation and food costs while allowing cancer patients to be close to their loved ones. 

Read about some of our teams' fundraising efforts

Colleague volunteering

Each NHSPS colleague gets two volunteering days a year where they can spend time away from work to support our communities and help address local social and health issues. For 2020/21, we are aiming for 5% of our colleagues (260 people) to spend at least one day volunteering. 

Opportunities for volunteering include gardening at a community centre, helping young people with professional development and supporting people with memory disorders through puzzle making workshops among many more.

Read Paul Cross' blog about his day volunteering

Our Corporate Social Responsibility 2018-2020 report

From 2018-2020, our CSR strategy aimed to create healthy places for patients, colleagues, the community and environment to thrive. Our key focus areas were on creating spaces for social prescribing, tackling isolation and loneliness through our partnership with Carers Trust, improving accessibility and reducing carbon emissions and waste. 

Find out more about the progress we made in those two years in our CSR report.

Read the report