Patients Know Best selected for Propel@YH Net Zero Sustainable Health Accelerator

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Patients Know Best are announced as one the Propel@YH Net Zero Sustainable Health Accelerator companies.

Patients Know Best are delighted to announce that we are one of three companies selected by the Propel@YH Net Zero Sustainable Health Accelerator pilot programme. Propel@YH Net Zero is Yorkshire & Humber AHSN’s new sustainable health accelerator pilot programme for SMEs who have new innovations that can support the NHS’ drive towards ‘net zero’ for the benefit of the West Yorkshire and Harrogate region.

Patients Know Best supports the movement to net zero in a number of ways:

  1. Remote interactions/consultations – reducing unnecessary travel
  2. Reduction in paper through digital letters that can be logged as read and avoid print and postage
  3. Supporting self-management and self-care – enabling care to be preventative rather than reactive
Reduce unnecessary travel

Patients Know Best have worked previously with the Yorkshire and Humber AHSN alongside the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition to quantify benefits and carbon reductions realised by organisations utilising PKB across the NHS, more information can be found here. These resulted in the following findings from four departments: 

As a certified B Corporation, Patients Know Best is committed to leading innovation in health-tech with a clear social purpose. Sustainability is at the heart of our ambitions because we believe that by using PKB as a force for social good, we can have a positive and lasting impact on our employees, community, customers and the environment.

Patients Know Best will now be able to access a structured course of bespoke support and advice around the environmental sustainability of our products to ensure we continue to grow in this important space and can support the NHS’ commitment to reduce its carbon impact; achieving its ambition of having ‘net zero’ emissions by 2040 and which is set out in its report ‘Delivering a Net Zero National Health Service’.

Under the Propel@YH Net Zero accelerator, Patients Know Best will be working alongside the AHSN team to bring and measure these benefits closer to home for the AHSN, focusing on quantifying outcomes within in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. The PKB platform is already used in Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust, and with planned implementations in renal services across Leeds and Bradford. PKB looks forward to quantifying the carbon reduction and improved patient outcomes associated with these programmes, developing a blueprint for future programmes where these deliverables can be implemented, expanded, measured and quantified.  

“As a Leeds resident I’m excited to be able to showcase the environmental benefits that can be delivered when patients are empowered with the digital tools to support the management of their health and wellbeing. By providing patients with access to their health records we can improve patient outcomes, as well as minimising the carbon footprint associated with the care they receive.”

Tom Gausden, Patients Know Best Lead for Sustainability

“Innovation is all about change and if we are going to address this massive issue, we need to bring about change in the way we think and operate. The AHSN is perfectly positioned to support the drive for environmental sustainability at every stage and every level and support the development and uptake of innovations that support this crucial agenda. All three of the selected companies offer innovative green solutions to help the NHS achieve its target of reaching net zero by 2040 and we will work closely with them to enable them to bring their innovative green solutions to the region.”

Kathy Scott, Deputy Chief Executive at the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN

“Climate change and health are intricately linked in that they both affect one another in a circular fashion. It is therefore imperative that we work to break the cycle and ensure that our health and social care services are as environmentally friendly as possible going forwards. This scheme is a great way to help innovators bring their green med solutions closer to being everyday tech that is used across the sector and we’re delighted to be able to offer this programme in West Yorkshire and Harrogate where we aspire to being global leaders in our response to climate change."

Frank Swinton, Climate Change Lead for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership