Building a greener NHS: Reaching Net Zero
Join Public Policy Projects (PPP) and Integrated Care Journal (ICJ) for the second event of the Environment and Health series: “Building a greener NHS: Reaching Net Zero”.
This series will examine key aspects of the link between climate change and health. The health and care system in England is responsible for an estimated 4-5 per cent of the country’s carbon footprint. Through the campaign “For a greener NHS,” the NHS committed to reaching net-zero as soon as possible – aiming to be the world’s first ‘net-zero’ national health service. In October 2020, the NHS Net Zero Report examined a number of areas critical to carbon reduction across the NHS including: estate and facilities, medicines, supply chain, travel and transport, food, catering and nutrition, research, innovation and offsetting.
PPP Chair Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell will be joined by Dr Nick Watts, Chief Sustainability Officer at NHS England and Dame Jackie Daniel, CEO, Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to discuss the challenges and priorities of the NHS’ long haul to become the world’s first net zero health service
- Priorities and main challenges of the Greener NHS plan
- How a green health system will improve patients’ wellbeing
- Insights from Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust’s decision to declare a “climate emergency”
- What a “climate emergency” means for the Trust and why other trusts should follow
- Long and short-term goals and priority actions of the Trust’s climate emergency strategy
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. 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.
Dame Jackie began her NHS professional career as a nurse before moving into NHS management and has been a Chief Executive Officer for the last 20 years leading Acute, Mental Health and a Specialist Trust.
She was recognised in the 2017 Queen’s New Year’s Honours for her services to health care. She has a degree in Nursing Studies, a Masters degree in Quality Assurance in Health and Social Care and is a qualified business and personal coach.
She is an Executive in Residence with Lancaster University Management School, an avid commentator on the NHS and a strong advocate of developing diverse leadership and supporting women in leadership roles.
In June 2019, Newcastle Hospitals became the first healthcare organisation in the world to declare a Climate Emergency, in the recognition that a climate emergency is a health emergency and a commitment to becoming a net-zero carbon organisation by 2040.
This is an open event, everyone interested in climate change and health is welcome to attend.