Westminster Health Forum

Environmental sustainability in healthcare

Morning, Friday, 20th March 2020

Central London


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

It takes place with the drive to reducing carbon emissions and waste becoming a central policy focus across government and public services, and follows the commitment in the Climate Change Act to cut carbon emissions to zero by 2050 - as well as a raft of measures being put in place to reduce the use of single-use plastics.

The seminar comes as the new government makes specific environmental sustainability pledges including:

  • Reduce plastics pollution by introducing a levy and extending producer responsibility;
  • Reach net zero by 2050 and set up an office for environmental protection; and
  • Introduce legal targets on air quality.

Delegates will assess how the NHS and wider health industry can respond whilst still maintaining their quality of care.

Areas for discussion include:

  • The practicalities and impact of policy implementation;
  • Sharing best practice across local systems; and
  • Engaging healthcare professionals and the supply chain.

Keynote speakers

There will be keynote contributions from Sonia Roschnik, Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit; James Hawkins, Executive Director, NHS Digital; Chris Large, Senior Partner, Global Action Plan; Claire Lund, Head, Environmental Sustainability, GSK; Nick Martin, Head of Sustainability, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust and Anne Woolridge, Chief Operating Officer, Independent Safety Services.

The agenda

  • Environmental sustainability in healthcare and delivering targets in the NHS Long Term Plan;
  • Incentives and drivers for change: commissioning, procurement, and efficiency improvements;
  • Creating environmentally sustainable health systems: cross-sector collaboration, engagement, and ensuring high quality patient care:
    • 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 and waste management in the NHS estate; and
    • Supporting sustainability in the NHS through technology.
  • Measuring local progress and the role of new models of care: developing metrics, leadership, and comparing financial and carbon savings.

Keynote Speakers

Sonia Roschnik

Director, NHS Sustainable Development Unit

Anne Woolridge

Chief Operating Officer, Independent Safety Services


Dr Richard Smith

Chair, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

Amy Butterworth Fernandes

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

Chris Large

Senior Partner, Global Action Plan

Nick Martin

Head of Sustainability, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust

Claire Lund

Head, Environmental Sustainability, GSK

James Hawkins

Executive Director, Assurance & Risk Management (AI), NHS Digital

Adam Newman

Senior Consultant, WRM