Sustainable social care programme

Sustainable development and social care

Communities create the right conditions for improvements in physical health, mental health and general wellbeing by being connected, sustainable and resilient to changing times and climates.

A vision for healthy, sustainable, resilient communities: Sustainable development strategy for the health and care system (SDU 2014)

As with all public services, social care is affected by the major social, economic and environmental challenges of our time. That is, an ageing and dynamically diverse population, climate change, energy insecurity, financial instability and increases in health inequalities and issues such as obesity, mental health, alcohol misuse, chronic illnesses and complex conditions such as dementia. The most vulnerable are the most affected. The premise of the Sustainable Social Care Programme is that a successful response to these challenges will recognise and address social, economic and environmental factors simultaneously. This will not only prevent future harm but also help make people, communities and services more resilient, and improve health and wellbeing for all.