An online webinar hosted by the AHSN Network to support the delivery of a Net Zero NHS, focusing on reducing waste through innovation, is now available to watch.
It’s the fourth in a series of successful sharing and learning events which are organised by the Environmental Sustainability Community of Interest and aim to bring colleagues together to share best practice and expertise.
The online event, held in July, attracted more than 200 bookings with 125 delegates attending on the day to hear from experts who are leading the way with innovative ways of working and products to reduce waste.
Key speakers included Kathy Scott, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN who chaired the event and said: “AHSNs support the NHS to deliver its Net Zero commitments through identifying new products, technologies and ways of working to support this agenda. To do this, we have developed our AHSN Network Environmental Sustainability Strategy.
“The strategy has four parts; reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact, encouraging innovators to ‘think green’ and looking at their supply chain, supporting adoption of innovations with a positive impact and spreading of good practice and brokering relationships from across other sectors into the NHS and vice versa.
“We hope that this will help us to deliver our ambitions, and we want to build a movement by sharing best practice across the AHSN Network and the NHS. This event is the practice of that movement. We want to work with innovators on products, services and practices that reduce the environmental harm caused by delivering healthcare.”
Delegates also heard from Rebecca Griffiths, Net Zero and Sustainable Procurement Manager at NHS England, about the latest NHS policy and approach to reducing waste. Rebecca also shared a number of best practice ‘how-to’ guides.
Jason Mitchell, Waste Manager at Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust, shared the trust’s journey to move up the waste hierarchy. And Paul Broadberry, Country Manager UK at Vanguard Medical Remanufacturing, brought the industry perspective as he discussed the remanufacturing of medical devices and how this was helping to reduce waste.
The event ended with a very successful Q&A session, led by Kathy Scott, where delegates discussed the topic and shared useful resources.
These sustainability sharing and learning events will be held quarterly, to hear about future events please sign up for our AHSN Network newsletter by emailing email@example.com