Electronic Prescribing Service (EPS) has been successful in primary care for 18 years and Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (MPFT) in collaboration with NHS England and Cleo, successfully deployed EPS as a first of type to secondary care, digitising paper processes of sending prescriptions to pharmacies. Before EPS, prescribers were hand-writing paper prescriptions, posting or delivering them, or patients often having to travel to collect. Now prescriptions are sent electronically to the patients chosen pharmacy, enabling sustainability, reducing carbon footprint from delivery, increasing patient safety, and freeing time for prescribers to see more patients in clinics.
Prescribers recognised that existing processes lacked standardisation, resulting in inefficiencies, wasting valuable time and resources. Patients would either attend site to collect prescriptions, have them posted or staff had to make trips for drop-offs and medication collections.
Improving the UK’s Air Quality
Department for Transport, Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency and, Department for Environment and Rural Affairs
Clean air is crucial for creating healthy urban environments where people live and work, both today and in the future. Enhancing air quality reduces the adverse effects of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) pollutants on human health and fosters better living and working conditions.
As set out in Defra’s 2019 Clean Air Strategy, transport is a significant source of air pollution. The immediate air quality challenge is to reduce NO2 emissions in the areas where concentrations of these harmful gases currently exceed legal limits.
The UK Government has overall responsibility for meeting air quality standards. Defra in partnership with DfT has lead responsibility for meeting these targets. They setup the Joint Air Quality Unit (JAQU) to deliver the Government’s NO2 reduction strategies with levers for action shared across Government departments, as well as Local Authorities (LAs). Strong cooperation and collaboration between these stakeholder communities is critical to tackling air pollution effectively.
Green Match Fund
The economic reality facing charities is bleak. Shrinking budgets, political uncertainty and turbulent economies are all putting extra financial pressure on the charity sector. For the majority of charities, public funding has shrunk, competition for grants is high, and capacity is stretched even further than ever, yet the demands aren’t slowing down. Big Give's Green Match Fund is a campaign creating impactful digital match funding solutions to address the pressing challenges facing environmental charities.
Through the innovative use of technology, the Green Match Fund harnesses the power of digital fundraising and real-time match funding to connect larger donors, the giving public and charities. So £50 from the public becomes £100, doubling the difference of contributions to help charities reach twice as many people. Our 2023 campaign raised over £4.3m for 178 charities, exemplifying the transformative potential of digital fundraising solutions in addressing environmental challenges through supporting charities.