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, Dr Jodi Sherman, Director, Yale Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability, Medical Director, Yale-New Haven Health System Center for Sustainable Healthcare and Rosemary Kumwenda, Coordinator of the United Nations informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector.

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.

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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.

Chantelle Rizan

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.

Jason snape

Mr Jason Snape

Global Head of Environmental Protection, Astra Zeneca  

Speaker's biography

Global Head of Environment within AstraZeneca’s Global Sustainability Team. Accountable for delivering AstraZeneca’s global ambitions to drive natural resource reduction (ambition zero carbon, water and waste reduction) and ensure the environmental safety of pharmaceuticals throughout their lifecycle (product environmental stewardship and pharmaceuticals in the environment). Member of the AstraZeneca UK Leadership Team and co-sponsor for the AZ Pride employee resource group.  Chair of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations (EFPIA), Medicines for Europe, and AESGP working group on the environmental risk assessment of human medicinal products. Recognized scientific leader and opinion former with >6000 citations from approximately 50 publications. Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Warwick and a Professor of Environmental Engineering at the University of Newcastle.  Member of the University of York’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Board.  Co-chair the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Pharmaceutical Advisory Group. Father to three daughters and a former international swimmer.

Jodi Sherman

Dr Jodi Sherman

Director, Yale Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, Medical Director, Yale-New Haven Health System Center for Sustainable Healthcare

Speaker's biography

Jodi Sherman, MD, is Associate Professor of Anesthesiology of the Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences, and faculty in the Yale Center for Climate Change and Health, in the Yale School of Public Health.

Dr Sherman is an internationally recognized researcher in the emerging field of sustainability in clinical care.  Her research interest is in life cycle assessment (LCA) of environmental emissions, human health impacts, and economic impacts of drugs, devices, clinical care pathways, and health systems. Her work seeks to establish sustainability metrics, paired with health outcomes and costs, to help guide clinical decision-making, professional behaviors, and organizational management toward more ecologically sustainable practices to improve the quality, safety and value of clinical care and to protect public health. Dr Sherman routinely collaborates with environmental engineers, epidemiologists, toxicologists, health economists, health administrators, health professionals, and sustainability professionals.

Dr Sherman is the founding director of the Yale Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability and the Medical Director of the Yale-New Haven Health System Center for Sustainable Healthcare.

Rosemary Kumwenda

Rosemary Kumwenda

Coordinator, United Nations informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector

Speaker's biography

UNDP Regional Team Leader for the UNDP HIV Health and Development Team based in Turkey Istanbul covering Eastern Europe and Central Asia, with more than 20 years working with UNDP.

Coordinator of the UN SPHS initiative. A medical doctor with a master’s degree in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM -1999).

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

Dr Jodi Sherman, Director, Yale Program on Healthcare Environmental Sustainability, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Yale School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Epidemiology in Environmental Health Sciences, Yale School of Public Health, Medical Director, Yale-New Haven Health System Center for Sustainable Healthcare

Rosemary Kumwenda, Coordinator of the United Nations informal Interagency Task Team on Sustainable Procurement in the Health Sector

Closing remarks

Location

Online

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