Suggestions for how to work towards sustainability throughout your implementation efforts

Set your sustainability goals

The first step to creating a plan for sustainability is defining what sustainability looks like for the MOVE program at your organization. The literature suggests that its important to clarify the following key components of sustainability:

  • Time – When will sustainability start for you?
  • Individual practices – What new mobilization practices do you want to become the norm?
  • Organization activities – What change strategies will continue to be delivered?
  • Adaptability – What aspects of your MOVE program can be modified in response to change?
  • Benefits – What benefits will continue for patients and the health system?

Assess what factors might help or hinder sustainability every 3 to 6 months

Ask your implementation team fill out a brief sustainability assessment tool to generate a comprehensive list of sustainability barriers and facilitators at your organization. There are a number of tools available such as, the Long Term Success Tool, the NHS Sustainability Model and Guide, and the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool. It does not matter which tool you choose; however, it is important that you complete an assessment every three to six months and take any follow-up action (if needed) to promote sustainability. We recommend the Long Term Success Tool because it takes 5-10 minutes to complete and provides a simple way to identify risks and opportunities.

Address sustainability barriers or risks on an ongoing basis

Sustainability requires persistent and ongoing effort. Each time you perform your sustainability assessment you will see a fresh list of barriers and facilitators. Together with your team brainstorm some strategies for how to target your barriers and make the most of your facilitators. We have compiled a list of sustainability strategies that have been helpful for other hospitals who implemented the MOVE program.