Westminster Health Forum

Conferences that are scheduled to take place before September will be conducted online.
The format will mirror physical conferences organised by the Forum with speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish.
The conferences will be chaired and there will be opportunities for delegate questions and comments.
We will be contacting all participants in advance of each conference with full information and guidance on how to take part.
There will be some exceptions where conferences will be postponed, for instance those that would largely involve key stakeholders in the NHS or emergency services.
All participants affected by this will be informed as soon as possible.
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Environmental sustainability in healthcare - drivers for change, incentives and measurement, and priorities for the NHS


***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;
  • 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:

It takes place with:

  • The drive to reduce carbon emissions and waste becoming a central policy focus across government and public services, including the commitment in the Climate Change Act to:
  • 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 to help the NHS meet net-zero targets - and the setting up of the NHS Net Zero Expert Panel;
  • 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 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, and
    • opportunities arising from environmentally sustainable practices - such as health benefits, and financial and efficiency savings.
  • Measuring improvement and sharing best practice across local systems, looking at:
  • 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 the life sciences sector reducing carbon emissions and contributing to lowering the carbon footprint of health care, looking at:
    • Implementation of sustainable measures to reduce emissions, energy use, and waste, and
    • opportunities for utilising technology and innovative research, development and manufacturing practices in order to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 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.

The agenda:

  • Key issues for environmental sustainability in healthcare and 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 - 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; and
  • Next steps for 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 - a system-wide approach.

Policy officials attending

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

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

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

Price: £95 PLUS VAT

Shortly after every Westminster Health Forum seminar, a briefing document is produced. This is distributed to all delegates on the day as well as to our policymaker contacts in government, and to stakeholders more widely.

A seminar publication provides a timely record of proceedings, and acts as a guide to the latest thinking on current policy issues for those unable to be at the event.

This publication includes


Contributions from keynotes and panellists, including accompanying slides*
*Subject to approval

Delegate Pack

Information from the day, including delegate list, biographies and agenda


Transcript of questions and comments posed to speakers from attending delegates


Supplementary articles from speakers
and delegates