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

July 2020


Price: £95 PLUS VAT
Format: DOWNLOADABLE PDF


***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
  • 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 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
    • 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
      • 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
      • 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
    • 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
  • Opportunities for utilising the experience of responding to COVID-19, including:
    • technology and innovative research, development and manufacturing practices
    • the short-term impact of the use of single use PPE on environmental goals
    • the future capacity for delivering environment targets in light of extra commitments to responding to COVID-19
    • moves towards greater numbers of people cycling and walking
    • the development of remote clinical services

The agenda:


  • Key issues for environmental sustainability in healthcare, responding to the changing landscape post COVID-19
  • 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
    • Developing decision support tools for energy management in the health sector

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; Defra; MHCLG; the Office of Government Property; Ofwat; 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



This pack includes

  • Dropbox video recording of the conference
  • PDF transcript of the discussion, including all speaker remarks and Q&A
  • PDFs of speakers' slide material (subject to permission)
  • PDFs of the delegate pack, including speaker biographies and attendee list
  • PDFs of delegate articles