Camden and Islington travel infographic

Essentia showed real leadership in the field of driving sustainable travel, and have helped us deliver a robust and leading plan that will serve us well with future planning needs. They had the resource and energy to deliver this project in a short time-scale and we are very pleased with the number of people who took part in the survey and with the practicality of the recommendations. Essentia helped us visualise our results and this work will inspire important conversations about travel considerations for our future estate.”

Phil Wisson, Associate Director of Estates and Facilities, Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust

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The issue:

The Trust needed a sustainable travel plan as part of its ongoing estate development and asked Essentia’s award-winning sustainability team to help after seeing the robust plan that Essentia had developed for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Our unique approach

Essentia’s sustainability team understood that C&I’s main objective was to engage staff and understand travel patterns, as well as staff awareness of physical activity benefits and flexible working policies available.

While working with the Trust, Essentia identified wider sustainability issues that could be tackled simultaneously. These included the availability of healthy food during work hours, particularly for those staff working through the night, and whether the Trust could improve its support for flexible working.

These were incorporated into a survey sent out to over 1,400 staff developed by Essentia complemented by an internal communications strategy to maximise staff engagement with the survey.


Nearly 30% of staff responded to the survey, which Essentia analysed to produce a Trust-wide travel plan for C&I. Among the recommendations was a need to establish a wider sustainable development management plan, to work closely with other organisations such as Transport for London and to improve facilities to enable staff to actively commute to work.

About the trust

Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I), based in North London, provides high quality, safe and innovative care to patients in the community, in their homes or in hospital.
It provides mental health and substance misuse services to people living within the London Boroughs of Camden and Islington. The Trust treats 97 percent of people in the community and works hard to reduce the need for hospital admissions.
In all, C&I has 90 different services, based in 32 locations, with more than 1,400 staff providing treatment and care to approximately 30,000 people per year. It is rated as the fourth best mental health trust in the country by service users.

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