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SHARE conference 2021

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SHARE conference 2021

About this event 

Theme – Resetting the Agenda for Sustainable Healthcare

This international conference took place virtually on Friday 7 May 2021 and was hosted in partnership between BSMS and the University of Brighton School of Health Sciences. It offered keynote talks and oral presentations on a variety of topics related to the triple-bottom-line of sustainability in healthcare practice including:

  • Carbon footprint reduction across a range of clinical specialities
  • Ethical and fair trade in healthcare supply chains
  • Sustainability in healthcare education
  • Quality improvement projects embedding sustainability principles

Students, academics, researchers and clinical colleagues from a wide range of disciplines all attended and were provided the oppotunity to learn how healthcare can be made more sustainable.

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Keynote Talk: Dr Nick Watts and Martin Caunt

Greener NHS: Delivering a Net Zero Health Service

Dr Watts is the Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, responsible for its commitment to deliver a world-class net zero emission health service. Based in London, he leads the Greener NHS team across the country, which focuses on improving the health of patients and the public through a robust and accelerated response to climate change and the broader sustainability agenda.

Nick is a medical doctor licensed in Australia and the UK, and has trained population health and public policy. He is a Member by Distinction of the Royal College of Physicians’ Faculty of Public Health, and an Honorary Associate Professor of University College London’s Institute for Global Health.

Prior to the National Health Service, Nick worked internationally as the Executive Director of the Lancet Countdown and the Lancet Commission on Health and Climate Change, a collaboration of UN agencies and academic centres across the world.

Greener NHS: Delivering a Net Zero Health Service

Martin was appointed Deputy Director (Head of Unit) for the Greener NHS programme in September 2020, which is part of NHS England and Improvement’s Primary Care, Community Services and Strategy Directorate. This post supports the ongoing work of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit as it becomes the Greener NHS programme. The Greener NHS programme delivers programmes of work for the NHS and where relevant the wider health sector including delivering the LTP commitments in relation to carbon, waste and water, reducing single use plastics and reducing air pollution, developing and delivering a Net Zero plan for the NHS, supporting Regions, networks and STPs to embed changes across the sector, and analysis of the NHS’ emissions, including carbon and air pollutants, and use of plastics. Martin is a key member of the Greener NHS senior leadership team helping to manage its portfolio of work, set overall direction, shape the team, improve its processes and capabilities and ensure it has strong links across NHS England and other Arm’s Length Bodies. He is a leader and a mentor to a team of about 5-10 professionals and ambassador for the Greener NHS programme, helping to communicate our values and our work at meetings, seminars, conferences and other public events.


Keynote Talk: Professor Mahmood Bhutta

Slavery and child labour: worker rights abuses in healthcare supply chains 

Professor Mahmood Bhutta is consultant and honorary clinical professor in ENT Surgery in Brighton. He has been raising concerns about labour rights abuses in NHS supply chains for the last fifteen years, including in the production of surgical instruments made using child labour, gloves made by immigrant workers in debt bondage in Malaysia, and more recently, state forced labour in the manufacture of masks and gowns made in China.  He has worked with organisations in the UK and abroad to advocate for better working conditions.


Keynote Talk: Ms Rachel Stancliffe

Sustainable healthcare: system change from top to toe 

Rachel has a first degree in Human Sciences from Oxford where her interest in systems thinking and population health was stimulated by Muir Gray. Her interest has always been in working across disciplines on complex problems. Following an MSc in Demography from the LSE, she worked in public health in the UK. She then spent 5 years in Moscow, Georgia and Kazakhstan where she worked for Save the Children, The Norwegian Refugee Council, UNDP, UNICEF and the Red Cross on projects including capacity building for the government, running household surveys and writing the Human Development Report.

Rachel has been working on the intersection of health and the environment for the past 13 years since she founded The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) in 2008. She remains interested in the best use of good quality evidence and in creative partnerships to achieve change. Her team at CSH is supporting the transformation of healthcare in the UK and internationally for a sustainable future.  


Keynote Talk: Dr Courtney Howard 

Planetary health and a healthy recovery

Associate Professor in the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, a Community Research Fellow in Planetary Health at the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research, and Past-President of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). Dr Howard has researched menstrual cups and wildfires, and led policy work and advocacy regarding ecoanxiety, movement-building, active transport, plant-rich diets, divestment, carbon pricing, coal phase-out, hydraulic fracturing and with regards to Canada’s Oil Sands.

She led the 2017-2019 Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change Briefings for Canadian Policymakers and was the 2018 International Policy Director for the Lancet Countdown. She sits on the boards of the Canadian Medical Association, Health in Harmony, and the Global Climate and Health Alliance, as well as the Steering Committee of the Planetary Health Alliance, and the Editorial Advisory Boards of the Lancet Planetary Health and the Journal of Climate Change and Health. 


SHARE 2022

The SHARE 2022 conference will take place on 6 May 2022. Please check back for further details.