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Delivering Sustainable Healthcare and Presidential Address

  • Date: Wednesday 20th January 2021 from 2.00 pm-5.30 pm
  • Venue: Zoom meeting
  • Members £0.00
  • Non Members £

This meeting is being subsidised by the Manchester Medical Society and is FREE for all to attend. You will be able to submit questions to the panel during the event using the Q&A function on Zoom. The webinar will be recorded.

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This event has been approved for 3 category 1 (external) CPD credits by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians UK

The NHS in Greater Manchester has declared a climate emergency and is committed to slashing carbon emissions. The symposium will cover the facts about climate change, its relevance to healthcare and actions we can take to make a difference.

2.00-2.30 pm
Hope from Despair: transforming delusion to action on climate change
Professor Kevin Anderson, Professor of Energy and Climate Change and Kevin Anderson holds a joint chair between the Tyndall Centre at the School of Engineering at the University of Manchester, the Centre for Environment and Development Studies (CEMUS) at Uppsala University and the Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) at Bergen University (Norway)

Lecture synopsis:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

                                                      Leonard Cohen

Peel away the layers of dangerously naïve hope and unfounded optimism and the mitigation challenge posed by the Paris Agreement now demands a rapid and profound re-shaping of contemporary society. Whilst the models dominating the mitigation agenda employ evermore exotic and speculative technologies to remain ‘politically palatable’, the arithmetic of emissions increasingly embeds equity at the heart of any mathematically cogent strategy. Dress it up however we may like, the Parisian mitigation agenda is ultimately a rationing issue. Until we are prepared to acknowledge this, we will continue our reckless pathway towards a 3-5°C future.

Against such a depressing backdrop, do the rapid emergence of new and vociferous constituencies and the heightened profile of climate change suggest early cracks and the prospect of new light?

Learning objectives:

  1. The importance of ‘carbon budgets’ as a key tool for guiding policy
  2. How rhetoric and unfounded optimism have and continue to underplay the scale of the mitigation challenge
  3. That leadership on climate change is a messy partnership between bottom-up and top-down

2.30-3.00 pm
The local response: Manchester Climate Change Agency
Dr Murugesan Raja, Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board Member, Manchester Climate Change Partnership

3.00-3.30 pm
The carbon footprint of healthcare: tackling carbon hotspots
Chantelle Rizan, ENT Research Fellow, Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust; Sustainable Surgery Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and Honorary Clinical Teaching Fellow, Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Lecture synopsis:

Within this talk Chantelle will discuss the interactions between human and planetary health, with particular emphasis on the impact that provision of healthcare has on our environment. She will draw on her own PhD research and existing studies to provide an evidence based approach to reducing the environmental impact of healthcare, using surgical services to illustrate this.

Learning outcomes:

  1. To understand the impact of providing healthcare on the environment
  2. To understand where major carbon hotspots lie within patient pathways
  3. To understand how to reduce the carbon footprint of your own clinical practice

3.30-3.40 pm
Short Break

3.40-4.10 pm

A Healthcare Waste Journey: What really happens after it goes in the bin?
Claire Igoe; Head of Environmental Sustainability, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Sustainability Co-Lead, Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership

Lecture synopsis:

An overview of healthcare waste, focusing on key challenges, what happens to waste after it goes in the bin, and what happens to some of the more unusual items we have to deal with. I will be myth-busting, particularly around recycling and will talk about what is responsible waste management, and what we can all do to tackle the growing problem of waste and reduce its environmental impact.

Learning outcomes:

  1. An appreciation of healthcare waste and the waste hierarchy and why it’s important to correctly segregate
  2. An understanding of the types of treatment that healthcare waste undergoes
  3. An overview of the environmental impact of healthcare waste and what can be done to reduce this

4.10-4.40 pm
Embedding sustainability in learning and practice in healthcare: Interactive session
Dr Cliff Shelton and Rebecca Sutton, Consultant Anaesthetists, MFT

4.40-5.10 pm
2021: A Waste Odyssey
Presidential Address of Mr David Jones, Medical Examiner in Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust after a career as a Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon at Wythenshawe Hospital.

The theme for my Presidential Symposium will be “Sustainable Healthcare” as the NHS in Manchester has declared a Climate Change Emergency. I will cover a variety of themes based on reflections from my career as a colorectal surgeon and my other interests, looking forward to the future of healthcare and Manchester Medical Society as we confront the challenges ahead.