Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust provides a range of health and social care services for adults, children, and young people to approximately 600,000 people across Gloucestershire, including community inpatient and outpatient services, public health nursing, community nursing and therapy staff. It serves the large urban communities of Gloucester and Cheltenham, with smaller market towns and villages making up the rest of this mostly rural county. It manages seven community hospitals across three localities.
Corporate Social Responsiblity manager Georgina Smith works on sustainability issues for both Gloucestershire Care Services and The Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, and has led on the NHS forest work across the country for both organisations. The NHS Forest has worked with the Trust on three different sites:
- Cirencester Hospital which has pioneered a very successful Green Gym
- North Cotswolds Hospital where trees were planted around a rehabilitation garden that was built with input from staff
- Stroud Hospital Campus, including Stroud General and Stroud Maternity Unit where fruit trees and bushes have been planted by Edible Stroud, part of the Transition Stroud network which promotes a low carbon lifestyle.
The NHS Forest chose Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust to be our site of the month for April 2014, because it has many great examples of how collaborative working between NHS Trusts, local councils, voluntary organisations, local communities and commissioners can spark great and ongoing positive changes in the health and wellbeing of its population.
A great example of this collaboration was seen on NHS Sustainability Day 2014 at
- Cirencester Hospital when Town Council employees Hannah and Martin organised sunflower seed planting and the digging and seeding of a wildflower meadow with pupils from the local primary school and volunteers from several local organisations, while on the orchard site, the school children helped plant 20 hazel trees and build a wood sculpture and benches with other volunteers including those from the Conservation Volunteers' Green Gym.
- At the Hospital Campus in Stroud, where a quince tree and various fruit bushes and herbs were planted by members from Edible Stroud, a community group that forms part of the Transition Stroud network.
To find out more about these activities, visit Gloucestershire Care Service's website.
Meanwhile Georgina Smith, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager for Gloucestershire Care spoke at the NHS Forest Conference 2014. Find out more about the day and see her presentation.