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The NHS and climate change: moving from policy to action for a sustainable future.

The NHS can take pride in having devised a world-leading strategy on sustainability, as the first national health system to commit to a net-zero future. The urgency of shifting to greener health service delivery is well understood and, with the aim of creating a greener NHS, two clear, achievable targets have been set: for the emissions the NHS controls to be net zero by 2040, and the emissions the NHS influences to be net zero by 2045.

Join us for this event to explore how those targets can be met, especially under the new integrated care system (ICS) framework and why there are reasons to be optimistic that the fight for a sustainable future will be won at a local, ICS level, as each ICS will develop a ‘green plan’ by January 2022.

At this event, experts will discuss how carbon emissions can be addressed in health care and how taking ownership of many small changes can help to move the sustainability agenda forward, while also discussing the barriers to change. We will explore the issue through the lens of the environmental impact of metered-dose inhalers, used by people with asthma & COPD, as 4% of the total NHS carbon footprint savings expected to be realised through a ‘shift to lower carbon inhalers’.1

Designing and implementing a greener future is still a huge task, requiring input from many different groups – from national policy experts and GPs, to the pharmaceutical industry and the people who use health services. Join us to hear how the NHS is making the shift and what more needs to happen to transform the system by 2050 and make the NHS a greener healthcare system.

The event is intended for HCPs, Policy Makers, those with an interest in respiratory or sustainability in healthcare.

  1. NHSE- NHS Long Term Plan 2019

GSK have sponsored the delivery of, and had input to the agenda of, this event.

Speakers

Chris Naylor

Chris Naylor

Senior Fellow, Policy, The King’s Fund (chair)

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Chris conducts research and policy analysis and acts as a spokesperson for The King’s Fund on a range of topics. He contributes to The King’s Fund’s work on integrated care and health system reform, and has particular interests in mental health and the relationships between community, health and place. He is a coach and an experienced facilitator, and works with leaders in the health system to support practical change.

Before joining The King's Fund in 2007, Chris worked in research teams in a number of organisations including the Institute of Psychiatry and the Public Health Foundation of India in Delhi. He has an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and a BA in natural sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Richard Henderson

Richard Henderson

Sustainability Reporting Lead, GSK

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Richard Henderson joined GSK in 2005 and has been working on Environmental Sustainability in GSK for 10 years. He leads on external reporting on environmental issues, is GSK’s carbon footprint expert, and has been aligned to supporting the respiratory business on sustainability. He was part of the team that developed GSK’s new Net Zero Climate and Net Nature Positive by 2030 environmental ambition.

Richard previously worked in petrochemicals process R&D and completed post-doctoral positions at BP Chemicals, Queen’s University, Belfast, Leiden University, the Netherlands and Université Paris-Sud. He studied Natural Sciences in Cambridge, has PhD from University of East Anglia and an MBA from Durham.
Dr Lucy Brooks

Dr Lucy Brooks

Leadership Fellow in Climate Change and Anaesthesia, Health Education England: Yorkshire and Humber

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Dr Lucy Brooks is a Leadership Fellow in Climate Change and Anaesthesia for Health Education England: Yorkshire and Humber. She has a clinical background as an anaesthetic registrar and is currently Out of Programme from Specialty Training in Anaesthesia whilst undertaking this leadership role.
Dr Brooks graduated from University of Leeds School of Medicine with MBChB (Honours) in 2015, and has an MA in Bioethics and Medical Law, with Distinction, from St Mary's University College (2013.)
Her professional interests are in sustainable healthcare, green anaesthesia, medical ethics and medical leadership.
Professor Ashley Woodcock

Professor Ashley Woodcock

Consultant Respiratory Physician, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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Professor Ashley Woodcock is a Professor of Respiratory Medicine at the University of Manchester, and Consultant Respiratory Physician at the North West Lung Centre, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS FT.

Professor Woodcock was awarded the OBE in 2006 for Services to the Environment and was Co-Chair of the Medical Technical Options Committee to the United Nations Montreal Protocol for 20 years between 1995 and 2015. Since 2015, he has been Co-Chair to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel to the Montreal Protocol. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with the International Panel for Climate Change and Al Gore. He was awarded the Fellowship of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2008 and was made a Fellow of the European Respiratory Society in 2014.

Professor Woodcock has a wide range of patient-focused clinical research interests especially in asthma and cough and has authored over 300 original publications.
Sarah Ouanhnon

Sarah Ouanhnon

Senior Net Zero Delivery Lead, Greener NHS Programme, NHS England and NHS Improvement

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TBC.
Ravijyot Saggu

Ravijyot Saggu

Lead Clinical Pharmacist, University College Hospital London and Clinical Fellow, Chief Pharmaceutical Officers Scheme 2021/22, NHSEI

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Ravijyot is lead clinical pharmacist at University College Hospital, London (Medicine & Emergency Services with respiratory specialism) and clinical fellow for the Chief pharmaceutical officers scheme ‘21/22 at NHSEI; she also has an interest in sustainability and improvement.

She is an independent prescriber, honorary clinical lecturer for UCL/School of Pharmacy & chair of the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association respiratory group. She has affiliations with various respiratory organisations such as British Lung Foundation and was a committee member on the British Thoracic Society (BTS) macrolides guidelines group, current member of their pharmacist specialist advisory group, the NICE COPD guidelines committee (2019) & expert panel member; also author/contributor to CPPE respiratory pharmacy learning packages’.

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