Westminster Health Forum

Environmental sustainability in healthcare


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.

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, Director of Strategy, NHS Digital; Chris Large, Senior Partner, Global Action Plan; Claire Lund, Head, Environmental Sustainability, GSK and Nick Martin, Head of Sustainability at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.

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.

The seminar comes as several parties make broader environmental sustainability proposals in their manifestos, with proposals or pledges to:

  • introduce a Climate and Environment Emergency Bill and a new Clean Air Act, alongside the goal for an NHS Forest to enable the NHS to become net zero;
  • reach net zero by 2050 and set up a Office For Environmental Protection;
  • deliver a 10-year programme to cut emissions and lower greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2045; and
  • introduce a Green New Deal and the aim to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2030.

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