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SHARE conference 2022

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SHARE conference 2022

About this event 

Theme – Sustainable Healthcare: Theory to Practice

This international conference took place virtually on Friday 6 May 2022 and was hosted in partnership with BSMS, the University of Brighton School of Sport and Health Sciences, and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

It offered keynote talks and oral presentations on a variety of topics relating to putting sustainability theory into action in healthcare practice, to reduce the environmental footprint of the healthcare sector.

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

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Keynote Talk: Dr Forbes McGain

Forbes is an anaesthetist and intensive care physician at Western Health, Melbourne, Australia, and an Associate Professor (Medicine) at the University of Sydney, and the University of Melbourne. 
He enjoys being involved in research, teaching and education at the hospital, university and beyond. Forbes remains passionate about making seemingly small environmental sustainability changes to how we practice medicine that become magnified through every nations’ hospitals. His love of nature affects everything he does at work, home, and well, anywhere… 


Keynote Talk: Dr Fiona Adshead

Fiona is an independent expert advisor on wellbeing, sustainability, and public health. She is a visiting Professor at UCL, a Senior Associate at Cambridge University’s Sustainability Leadership Programme and Chairs the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition. Formerly, she was Bupa’s Chief Wellbeing and Public Health Officer, responsible for leading global commercial strategy on workplace health and wellbeing, prevention, behaviour change, partnerships, and sustainability. For five years, she was Deputy Chief Medical Officer and Director General in the UK Government responsible for Health Improvement and Health Inequalities followed by being Director of Chronic Disease and Health Promotion at the World Health Organisation.

Keynote Talk: DR Rosemary Kumwenda 

Rosemary Kumwenda is Coordinator of the UN informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector (SPHS). Rosemary comes with over 15 years of work experience in UNDP at country and regional levels working on Health and HIV. In 2014 she joined the HHD team at the UNDP RSCA as Senior Policy Advisor for Sustainable Responses HIV, Health and Development, pioneering work on Co-Financing, Leveraging Funding for Health from Capital Development and supporting national and regional government to develop Innovative Strategies to increase Domestic Financing for Health. Rosemary has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the London school of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LHTM). She is a Medical Doctor trained at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Cluj-Napoca in Romania and was a medical practitioner for 10 years in both clinical care, rising to the rank of City of Lusaka Director of Health before joining UNDP.



10:00-10:10 Introduction to conference SHARE conference team

10:10-10:15 Welcome address Dr Angela Glynn

10:15-10:45 Keynote 1 Dr Forbes McGain

10:45-11:00 Break

11:00-12:00 Oral presentations Concurrent sessions 1, 2, 3 (see below)

12:00-13:00 Break

13:00-13:30 Keynote 2 Dr Rosemary Kumwenda

13:30-13:35 Mid-conference address Rachel Stancliffe

13:35-13:45 Break

13:45-14:50 Oral presentations Concurrent sessions 4, 5, 6 (see below)

14:50-15:00 Break

15:00-15:30 Keynote 3 Dr Fiona Adshead 

15:30-15:35 Conference summary, prize

15:35-15:40 Closing address Prof Malcolm Reed


Concurrent Sessions 1, 2 and 3 between 11:00-12:00
 Session 1 Session 2 Session 3 
PHRC – medical students
Sustainable Medicine Society
Air pollution
PHRC – pharmacy
Materials in medical textiles
Green space 

Chair: Jim Lee

Co-chair: Janani Murugesh

Chair: Alifia Chakera

Co-chair: Anna Jones

Chair: Katie Clark

Co-chair: Inge Steinbach

Planetary Health Report Card at Brighton and Sussex Medical School: change comes from within. (Stefania Tsatsari) Planetary Health Report Card implementation in pharmacy undergraduate curricula - an international pilot project. (Alison Astles) Plotting a path to a net zero NHS: Is better governance the game-changer for a greener supply chain and procurement? (Mahbuba Hussain)
Newcastle University Medical School Planetary Health Report Card 2021-2022: an evaluation of planetary health teaching. (Alice Galbraith-Olive) Green inhalers for inpatients: reducing the carbon footprint of inhaler prescriptions on a medical ward. (Jessica Blackaby) Towards Sustainable procurement in an NHS Hospital: An analysis of barriers and enablers to staff behaviour change. (Melanie Smith)
Evaluating sustainable healthcare using the Planetary Health Report Card at the University of Leeds Medical School. (Shiwei Ooi and Ridhi Surti) Two moral barriers that prevent primary care prescribers from switching MDI to Greener DPI inhalers for respiratory patients. (Joshua Parker) Towards toxic-free healthcare in Europe - ‘‘The role of chemistry in sustainable medical textiles’’. (Katia Pacella)
The impact of a Sustainable Medicine Society on medical student engagement and involvement regarding planetary health. (Anmol Landa) Simulation training enables clinicians to tackle air pollution health promotion, during emergency department consultations with paediatric patients and their parents. (Nadia Audhali and Anna Moore) Growing our green space - polytunnels and plots. Utilising green space to promote health and wellbeing. (Rebekah Burman
Concurrent Sessions 4, 5, and 6 between 13:40-14:50
 Session 4 Session 5 Session 6 
Nursing School commitment 
PHRC – nursing 
Clinical skills education
Project Green Healthcare
Operating theatres
Anaesthetic gases
Staff views
Staff engagement 
SusQI and Carbon Literacy 

Chair: Alison Taylor

Co-chair: Leonie Harrison

Chair: Chantelle Rizan

Co-chair: Melissa Pegg

Chair: Anna Jones

Co-chair: Bethan Davies

The Nursing School Commitment - nursing educators, universities, and schools all across the European continent commit to firmly integrating climate change and planetary health into all nursing curricula. (Anna Fuhrmann) Setting up the Thames Valley Sustainable Operating Pathway - a regional network focused on reducing our carbon footprint. (Søren Kudsk-Iversen and Amy Parekh) How does NHS Staff feel about the NHS' role in tackling the current climate crisis? (Parisa Patel and Anoushka Neale)
Nursing Planetary Health Report Card: A student-led tool for measuring nursing program initiatives for planetary health. (Amelia Kirby) Prevention of waste generation and carbon footprinting in the operating theatre: example of a nurse-led project. (Federica Pirro) Engagement, disengagement and non-engagement in sustainable healthcare: an exploratory sequential study. (Chloe Griggs)
An exploration into second-year student nurses’ reflections of their carbon footprint in simulation enhanced learning. (Hannah Ames) Green nudges for sustainable anaesthetic practice: Four barriers to reducing inhaled anaesthetic gases, and a route to overcoming them. (Paul Young and Joshua Parker) Sustainability in quality improvement education enables students to create positive change: a multi-centre multi-professional evaluation. (Victoria Stanford)
A circular approach to sustainable waste management strategies in clinical skills education is established through the completion of an environmental audit. (Anna Latham) Non-sterile examination gloves and sterile surgical gloves: which are more sustainable? A life cycle assessment study. (Hasan Jamal) Using Carbon Literacy training as a method to fill the gap in sustainable healthcare education. (Jessica Burt)
Project Green Healthcare: A national community of practice for Canadian medical students leading healthcare sustainability projects. (Sumara Stroshein)   Crisis within a crisis - how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected sustainable healthcare practices? (Joey Brooke)