Westminster Health Forum

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Next steps for implementing net-zero commitments and environmental sustainability in the NHS

Morning, Tuesday, 23rd March 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference focuses on implementing environmental and net-zero targets in the NHS.

Delegates will discuss priorities for policy and health systems - as well as the opportunities it presents for improving the delivery of care.

The conference follows the Delivering a net-zero NHS report produced to inform the way forward for the For a Greener NHS campaign with aims for:

  • the emissions controlled directly by the NHS to be net-zero by 2040 with an ambition to achieve 80% reduction by 2028 to 2032
  • then for emissions influenced by the NHS to become net-zero by 2045

The discussion will bring out latest thinking on best practice and the pathway for meeting net-zero emissions targets, implementation issues, and what early action is required if the initial 80% reduction target by 2032 is to be met.

Stakeholders at this conference will consider the issues alongside key policy officials, with representatives already due to attend from DHSC, the Cabinet Office, and Defra.

The agenda:

  • Priorities for delivering net-zero commitments and environmental sustainability in the NHS
  • Next steps for reducing emissions across the NHS - efficiencies through the estate, delivery of care closer to home, a green ambulance service, and workforce training
  • Implementing sustainable healthcare improvements - research, innovation and assessing the latest technology
  • The public health dividend from meeting climate change ambitions and taking a preventative approach
  • Progress in achieving environmental sustainability at a local system level and priorities for the future
  • Evidence-based guidelines and improving sustainable healthcare practices
  • Assessing progress in waste management, tackling waste during COVID-19, improving the sustainability of PPE and the role of procurement
  • Next steps for developing environmentally sustainable healthcare systems and taking forward new models of care

The background and relevant developments:

  • the Delivering a net-zero NHS report and the ‘for a greener NHS’ campaign
  • the Net Zero Carbon Hospital Standard - introduced alongside the net-zero hospital building programme in the Government’s Health Infrastructure Plan
  • the NHS Long Term Plan - with health and environment targets aimed at improving sustainability, reducing waste and emissions, as well as delivering new models of care
  • NHS bids to cut up to 100 million plastic straws, cups and cutlery from hospitals - in line with national restrictions coming into force
  • NHS trusts and local health systems declaring a climate emergency in different areas around the country
  • The Personal Protective Equipment Strategy - with plans to look into the reuse of PPE and making PPE more sustainable

Key areas for discussion:

  • the NHS estate - looking at key issues for implementation so as to take advantage of opportunities for efficiencies through
    • heating and lighting
    • building on progress in waste management
    • the Government’s hospital construction programme, with the 40 new hospitals set to be net-zero in line with a new Net-Zero Carbon Hospital Standard
  • a green ambulance service - next steps for development, and the practicalities of meeting targets for a net-zero ambulance fleet by 2032, including:
    • how the ambulance service will need to adapt as clean air zones are planned in cities
    • progress in preventing unnecessary trips to A&E, with the NHS 111 urgent care pilot, which:
      • directs patients to the most appropriate care
      • includes primary care as part of keeping care closer to the community where possible
  • the workforce - how they can be supported to deliver net-zero care:
    • education and training - integrating net-zero practices into staff development
    • engagement - best ways for sharing best practice and engaging with those working at all levels and all roles in the NHS
    • leadership - the role of net-zero leads within NHS organisations, looking at how they can help:
      • instil net-zero commitments as part of daily staff responsibilities
      • create a culture within the organisation that encourages and supports net-zero emissions alongside patient safety
  • innovation and technology:
    • assessing progress - digital transformation of the NHS and the efficiencies being created
      • with online patient record systems, electronic prescribing services and updated IT systems reducing waste and reducing unnecessary journeys and energy use
    • learning from COVID-19 - development and utilisation of innovative research that delivers sustainable healthcare improvements and enables healthcare delivery closer to home, with:
      • the pandemic prompting innovation in methods of care delivery and self-monitoring for those with health conditions
      • increased use of telephone and online consultations
      • how to harness these innovative methods and ensure that they provide the efficiencies, sustainability and safety required
    • the healthcare industry - how the sector, including life sciences, can move towards net zero, focusing on innovative solutions to emissions reduction and support the NHS to meet its targets
  • prevention - and its impact on sustainability:
    • cost-benefit - analysing the return on investment from averting conditions and illnesses and their need for treatment in the first place
    • guidelines and the evidence base - what is needed to support both the preventative approach to healthcare and a reduction of emissions and improved environmental sustainability
    • investment priorities - how preventative healthcare can best be supported and the key aspects this should be focused on to achieve the early changes needed
    • implementation - including how to incentivise prevention to achieve improvements and change in behaviour required to bring environmental sustainability and improved health outcomes
    • engagement - ways of communicating the value of prevention and the long-term financial benefits this provides to both NHS staff and the wider public
  • waste management:
    • assessing progress and next steps - waste management and reduction across the NHS:
      • what can be learned from efforts to reduce single-use plastic usage
      • what is required to drive forward efforts in the recovery from the pandemic
    • procurement and wider supply chain - their role in delivering environmental sustainability:
      • priorities for improvement and the experiences of the pandemic as personal protective equipment has been sourced more locally
      • the Personal Protective Equipment Strategy - implementing its aims to improve the re-use of PPE and how to make it more sustainable
  • new models of care - and system-working:
    • progress - achieving environmental sustainability at the local system level
    • impact - how the development of integrated care systems can deliver improvements around the country and meet ambitions in the Long Term Plan as well as new net-zero commitments
    • measuring progress - and the development of a Sustainable Healthcare Dashboard in producing reports, sharing data and presenting an opportunity to share best practice
    • strategies - utilising new system-level working and the integration of care, as well as new models of care with care being brought closer to the community and home:
      • how this can support the efficiencies required for a sustainable healthcare system
      • the priorities and next steps are for driving these efforts forward and learning from how care was delivered through the pandemic
  • organisational consistency - how responsive NHS organisations have been to the net-zero agenda around the country, how to ensure that variation in delivery is prevented
  • the COVID-19 pandemic:
    • the impact of this unprecedented public health emergency in efforts to meet environmental targets
    • the way forward for normalisation and a refocus on the longer-term aims for an environmentally sustainable NHS

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from the Cabinet Office; Defra; and the Department of Health and Social Care.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, healthcare professionals, representatives of the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, academics, charities and user groups, together with reporters from the national and trade media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speakers

Larissa Lockwood

Director of Clean Air, Global Action Plan

Dr Nick Watts

Chief Sustainability Officer, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Claire Igoe

Sustainability Co-Lead, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership


Philip Dunne MP

Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick

Member, Food, Poverty, Health and Environment Committee, House of Lords


Paul Graham

Utilities, Waste and Sustainability Manager, Kingston Hospital NHS Trust

Alexis Percival

Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Adam Newman

Senior Consultant, WRM

Lucy Williams

Council Member, Royal College of Anaesthetists

Luella Trickett

Director, Value and Access, Association of British HealthTech Industries

Anne Woolridge

Chief Operating Officer, Independent Safety Services