About this event

  • Date and time Tue 22 Jun 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Location Online

Discover the role of health professionals in the climate change emergency.

This eighth episode of the Health emergency of climate change series will explore the impact that healthcare systems have on climate change, both in the UK and across the world, and discuss what clinicians can do to help. Join us on this important webinar to understand the scale of the challenge ahead.

Leading experts will join chair Dr Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, to evaluate what the NHS and other healthcare systems across the world are doing, and can do in the future, to help mitigate climate change. These speakers will provide valuable insight into the current clinical initiatives being used to improve the adverse effects of our healthcare systems on the climate to become more sustainable.

Dr Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS, will be joined in this episode by Dr Chantelle RizanSurgical Research Fellow at the Royal College of Surgeons and Sustainable Surgery Fellow at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Mr Jason SnapeGlobal Head of Environmental Protection, AstraZeneca and other leading experts in the field.

During this webinar speakers will:

  • Describe the impact the NHS and other health systems around the world are having on our climate
  • Offer an overview of the political challenges that climate change poses for health systems
  • Describe what policies are in place and what should be implemented to help tackle issues around sustainability 
  • Detail what clinicians can do to advocate for change and improve healthcare systems

In this 10-part Health emergency of climate change series, experts from across the health community will unite to address the impact that climate change is having on human health. By positioning health and wellbeing at the centre of the climate change discussion, the Royal Society of Medicine will give healthcare professionals the opportunity to understand the links between climate change and health and recognise how they can help combat climate change and its effects.

Do you have a question for our panelists? If so, please submit your questions here and they will be answered during the webinar.

We would like to thank Michael Rapp for his generous support enabling free access to this webinar series.

Registration for this webinar will close 2 hours prior to the start time. Late registrations will not be accepted.

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Key speakers

 Dr Nick Watts

Chief Sustainability Officer, NHS

Speaker's biography

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 in 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. He has also focused on engaging the health profession on the links between public health and climate change, having founded both the Global Climate and Health Alliance and the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change.

Dr Chantelle Rizan

ENT Research Fellow, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust, Surgical Research Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of England, Sustainable Surgery Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow, Brighton & Sussex Medical School 

Speaker's biography

Chantelle Rizan is in the final year of her PhD at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, in which she uses carbon footprinting and life cycle assessment methods to identify carbon hotspots within the operating theatre, and to evaluate low-carbon alternative products and processes. Her research publications in this field include the first evaluation of the carbon footprint of PPE used during the COVID-19 pandemic (and strategies for mitigation), and publications in the global highest impact surgical journal, and invited leading article in the British Journal of Surgery. Chantelle draws on her research to inform national policy and to influence clinical practice, as a founding member of the RCSEng Sustainability in Surgery working group, and as invited guest editor of the Planetary Health edition of the RCSEng Bulletin. Chantelle is currently working with the UK Health and Climate Change Alliance towards developing a report on Net Zero Surgery.

Mr Jason Snape

Global Head of Environmental Protection, Astra Zeneca  

Agenda

View the programme 22 June 2021

Welcome and introduction

Dr Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer of the NHS

Panel discussion

Panel members:

Dr Chantelle Rizan, ENT Research Fellow, University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust, Sustainable Surgery Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Mr Jason Snape, Global Head of Environmental Protection, Astra Zeneca

Closing remarks

Location

Online

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Disclaimer:All views expressed in this webinar are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations. 

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