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Environmental sustainability in healthcare - drivers for change, incentives and measurement, and priorities for the NHS

Morning, Thursday, 2nd July 2020

Online Conference


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

This conference will discuss key issues for environmental sustainability in healthcare.

Areas for discussion include:

  • the practicalities and impact of policy implementation, including targets set out in the NHS long term plan - especially at a time of unprecedented pressure on NHS organisations and staff;
  • engaging healthcare professionals and the supply chain;
  • best practice across local systems, procurement and commissioning frameworks; and
  • the role of industry in reducing carbon emissions and lowering their carbon footprint, and opportunities for utilising technology and innovative research.

Why this is relevant now: the context:

  • The drive to reduce carbon emissions and waste becoming a central policy focus across government and public services, with
  • NHS Long Term Plan environmental sustainability targets focussing on waste, water, and carbon emissions - with measures to:
    • bring down the carbon footprint of the NHS by a third from 2007 levels by 2020,
    • better manage the NHS estate,
    • lower the use of single-use plastics and ensure NHS bodies adopt new innovations, and
    • modernise ambulances to help improve air quality by reducing emissions.
  • NHS England’s For a Greener NHS campaign - with its dashboard recently gone live - to help the NHS meet net-zero targets - and the setting up of the NHS Net Zero Expert Panel; and
  • Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership becoming the first two NHS bodies to declare a climate change emergency and making a number of commitments toward improvements.

The discussion in detail:

  • How to work with under-pressure NHS organisations and workforces to implement sustainability measures in the Long Term Plan across the supply chain, including:
    • preventative measures and how they can be promoted,
    • ensuring patient safety and care quality is maintained,
    • sustainable procurement and commissioning frameworks,
    • opportunities arising from environmentally sustainable practices - such as health benefits, and financial and efficiency savings, and
    • alignment with wider policy initiatives such as the Clean Air Strategy for England - which includes working with health professionals to embed air quality into education and training.
  • Measuring improvement and sharing best practice across local systems, looking at:
    • progress in developing a Sustainable Healthcare Dashboard to deliver targets in the NHS Long Term Plan and create local reports in order to:
      • measure improvements,
      • demonstrate financial and carbon savings, and
      • provide an opportunity to share best practice.
    • the experience of the first two NHS bodies to declare a climate change emergency, and implementation of commitments toward improvements - with discussion expected on:
      • progress of these systems in promoting environmental sustainability in their local areas and embedding sustainable practices, and
      • working with local partners and empowering staff to deliver changes.
  • Engaging healthcare professionals to promote environmentally sustainable practices and developing sustainable care models - including priorities for:
    • reducing unnecessary prescriptions;
    • switching to more environmentally friendly products, such as lower carbon inhalers; and
    • cutting the amount of paper used by digitising patient records.
  • The role of industry in reducing carbon emissions and lowering their carbon footprint - including:
    • encouraging community and remote care,
    • implementing sustainable measures to reduce emissions, energy, and waste, and.
  • Opportunities for utilising the experience of responding to COVID-19, including:
    • technology and innovative research, development and manufacturing practices,
    • moves towards greater numbers of people cycling and walking, and
    • the development of remote clinical services.

The agenda:

  • Key issues for environmental sustainability in healthcare, responding to the changing landscape post COVID-19and delivering targets in the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • Priorities for the NHS Net Zero Expert Panel and next steps towards carbon neutral;
  • Sustainability and Health Technology Assessment;
  • Incentives and drivers for change - the role and potential of remote services and innovative service delivery, commissioning, procurement, and efficiency improvements;
  • Measuring local progress and the role of new models of care - developing metrics, leadership and comparing financial and carbon savings;
  • Next steps for creating environmentally sustainable health systems - patient and staff safety, innovation and cross-sector collaboration:

    • Public health return on investment from addressing climate change and promoting prevention;
    • Engaging healthcare professionals and the impact on patient care, quality, and safety;
    • Reducing the carbon footprint of the life sciences industry;
    • Water use, waste management and ensuring safety in disposal and collection during the pandemic; and
    • Supporting sustainability in the NHS through technology.

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

It’s certainly the case with this one. Places have been reserved by officials from DHSC; the Office of Government Property; Crown Commercial Service; the Department for Education; and the Department for International Trade.

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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 Speaker

Dr Nick Watts

Chair, NHS Net Zero Expert Panel and Executive Director, Lancet Countdown

Keynote Speakers

Dr Nick Watts

Chair, NHS Net Zero Expert Panel and Executive Director, Lancet Countdown

Sonia Roschnik

International Climate Policy Director, Health Care Without Harm

Dr Richard Smith

Chair, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

Dr Paul Dimmock

HTA Adviser, NICE Centre for Health Technology Evaluation

Dr Vicky McFarlane-Reid

Director of Business and Enterprise, The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Anne Woolridge

Chief Operating Officer, Independent Safety Services

Ben Tongue

Sustainability Manager, NHS Digital

Chris Large

Senior Partner, Global Action Plan

Claire Lund

Head, Environmental Sustainability, GSK


Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

former Leader, Green Party of England and Wales


Dr Muditha Abeysekera

Lecturer in Multi-Vector Energy Networks, Cardiff University

Dr Sathsara Abeysinghe

Postdoctoral Researcher, Cardiff University

Adam Newman

Senior Consultant, WRM

Amy Butterworth Fernandes

Trust Sustainability Manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Olivia Bush

Clinical Programme Director, The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare