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On all three days we are running parallel sessions. These sessions are being run consecutively twice over, so each delegate will be able to attend two of the sessions in each set. 

17th September

Parallel Sessions 1: Exceptional as Normal, 13.30-15.00

1A Sustainable procurement: reducing waste

Jane Grose, post-doctoral research fellow with the Health and Sustainability Group in the Faculty of Health, Education and Society.

Janet's current research has focussed on sustainable procurement and how the potential loss of some basic raw materials will affect service delivery and patient experience. Jane has over 37 years of health-related experience working both nationally and internationally on issues ranging from community development (India and North Yemen), HIV/AIDS (Addenbrookes Hospital UK), sexual and reproductive health (WHO, IFRCRCS Geneva) health planning and management (MBA [Health] University of Keele) and neurological long-term conditions (Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry UK).

Rachel Billod-Mulalic, C2DS - Comité pour le Développement Durable en Santé, International relations

Rachel joined the C2DS at the beginning of 2012 in its Office in Berlin and is in charge of international relations and international cooperation at the committee. For more than 10 years, she worked as a project manager for international studies in different market research institutes specialising in healthcare services and devices in Germany before switching to communications applied to healthcare and the environment in 2007.

1B Green Public Procurement for Medical Devices

This session will present details of the EU Green Public Procurement standards for medical devices, scheduled for issue at the end of 2013. The session will be led by Eva Dalenstam from the  Swedish Environmental Management Council, who have developed the standards on behalf of the Commission, with perspectives provided by industry and hospital representatives as well as Volker Welter from the UNDP. David Wathey, Head of Sustainable Procurement at the Department of Health in the UK will facilitate this session.

David Wathey, Head of Sustainable Procurement in the Department of Health with a remit for policy and guidance in the NHS.

David has worked on sustainable procurement in the public sector since 2006, previously with NHS PASA before joining the Department. David leads on a number of work streams in particular Supply Resilience, 'Procuring for Carbon Reduction' (P4CR), and 'Ethical Procurement for Health'.

Eva Dalenstam, project leader at the Swedish Environmental Management Council (SEMCo).

Eva has been leading the development of the EU GPP criteria for health care equipment. She has an MSc in Chemical Engineering, and has been with SEMCo since 2006, working with Sustainable Public Procurement focusing on health care, chemicals issues, energy efficiency and innovative solutions. She has been coordinating the Swedish National Substitution Group, is responsible for the Substitution List for non-hazardous chemicals in health care, and the Think Tank for sustainable public procurement of non-conventional transformative solutions. She is also an ambassador for Nordic Innovation and is leading a PPI for sustainable Swedish health care together with the Swedish Energy Agency and Sweden’s Innovation Agency.

Hans van der Wel, Director Ecodesign and Sustainability at Philips Healthcare

Hans coordinates  the Ecodesign activity, stimulates green product development and supports environmental product compliance for Philips Healthcare globally. He did his masters and PHD in chemistry at Amsterdam University. He has worked at Philips since 1987, first in Philips Research then as internal environmental consultant until 2006. He is vice-chair of the environmental focus group of the EU trade association COCIR in Brussels.

Charlotta Nelsson, senior physician at the department of clinical physiology, Central hospital in Karlstad, Sweden

Charlotta has worked with ultrasound, ECG, gamma-cameras for over 15 years, and also has experience in using other medical devices such as x-ray, ventilators, infusion-pumps, CT.  She is a member of the organization LfM – “Swedish doctors for the environment” - in Sweden, and has provided extensive clinical input to the EU GPP criteria for health care EEE Expert Group.

Volker Welter, UNDP, Senior Procurement Advisor United Nations Development Programme, Nordic Office Copenhagen

24 years of UNDP professional experience. Volker was team leader Special Advisory Team procurement support to UNDP’s Global Fund grants from 2006 to 2012, Procurement Advisor to Tsunami countries, Procurement Advisor to HQ contracts committee in UNDP NY, Deputy Resident Representative UNDP Papua New Guinea, Deputy Resident Representative UNDP Liberia, Assistant Resident Representative in UNDP Equatorial Guinea and UNDP Burkina Faso, Administrative Officer in UNDP Bangladesh, Programme Officer in UNDP Myanmar, and a Junior Economist (JPO) in Burundi. Volker received his BA equivalent degree in Economics from the University of Saarbruecken and a Masters and PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Munich. Presently working in the secretariat of the informal Interagency task force in on sustainable procurement in the health sector in Copenhagen.

James Vetro, Principal Engineer for Global Environmental Technologies at GE Healthcare

As the technology leader for GE Healthcare, James has responsibility for interpreting RoHS regulations and developing engineering requirements for GE Healthcare products, analyzing the use of alternate materials while ensuring safety and reliability, developing processes and integrating tools into design workflows and driving execution of RoHS regulations into product designs. James also serves as a committee vice-chair for COCIR, a medical device industry group, for environmental regulations which include substances and energy. He has helped lead the effort toward the successful “self-regulation” for the Eco-design for Energy related Products directive in Europe for medical imaging equipment.

1C Water, water everywhere

Eduardo van den Berg, founder, joint CEO and architect of Pharmafilter

Prior to founding Pharmafilter Eduardo was central to the innovative process and development of Ecovase a disposable environmentally friendly flower vase introduced to hospitals in Holland and Germany. Eduardo has a keen sense of innovation and his motivation is focused on building a team to deal with challenges that he currently and previously demonstrated at a senior level during his successful career in hotel management.

 “If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old”

― Peter F. Drucker, which best describes Eduardo innovative approach and thinking.

Peter Thomas Kelly, Pharmafilter international director

Peter is a healthcare waste, wastewater and expert on bio -based biodegradable plastics for single use applications.  Prior to joining Pharmafilter he was global applications leader at Metabolix Bio Plastics for marine, rivers, wetlands, aquaculture, agriculture and horticulture. Before joining Metabolix Peter founded two US-based companies, one in marine sea grass rejuvenation working with two Universities on the use of marine biodegradable plastics planting systems and the other for soil biodegradable erosion control applications.

George Bernard Shaw once said: Other people, he said, "see things and... say: 'Why?' ... But I dream things that never were and I say: 'Why not?'"

1D Ethical Procurement in the Healthcare Sector: the first steps

Stirling Smith, expert in ethical trade with nearly three decades experience of promoting workers’ rights in global supply chains.

Stirling has worked for the United Nations, governments, trade unions, companies and the voluntary sector, in more than 30 countries, and his publications have been translated into more than twenty languages. His areas of expertise include: child labour, the impact of HIV/AIDS in the workplace, social dialogue and industrial relations, corporate social responsibility, health and safety at work; and co-operatives. Stirling has developed and delivered training aimed at NHS staff and suppliers on why and how the NHS can play its part in ensuring fair play for workers who produce the goods and services needed to help patients.

1E Greening Norwegian Hospitals

Linda Karen Eide - Environment Advisor, Janne Kristiansen - environmental coordinator, Sigrun Solberg - Doctor, Leif Johnsen - Safety Representative

We all work at Haukeland University hospital in Bergen and are involved in the work with implementing environment management system in the hospital in Bergen but also in all hospitals in Norway. We have all been working with the hospital for many years and see that if we are to succeed with the implementing of an environmental management system, we need to get the management at the hospital to focus on these issues. However we also need every worker at every level in the hospital to focus on how it is possible to do one’s work with as little impact on nature as possible.

1F European Hospitals: Best practice

Arnold Burger, Architect-Director, SEED Architects

At the age of 22 Arnold Burger graduated from the Technical University in Delft. As an architect Arnold finds great satisfaction in large and complex building projects, such as hospitals. All facets of architecture are tested in this form of architecture and this is where Arnold manages the art of balancing between functionality, technique, budget and architecture. Long-term vision plays a leading role in the design of all projects. Arnold talks about 4D-buildings where the dimension of time is anchored in the sustainable character of the building. The anticipation of what will happen with the building during use has led to new building concepts which also remain beautiful and target-orientated.

Rutger Kriek, Managing Consultant Healthcare, AT Osborne

Rutger Kriek has over twelve years’ experience in accommodation and real estate issues in the developing of hospitals. Rutger has extensive experience with developing real estate strategies, master plans for hospitals and also in Project Management of complex hospital constructions. Rutger was as the Project Manager responsible for the construction of the new Martini Hospital in Groningen. At this moment he is as Project Manager responsible for the renovation of the Operation Centre and the Energy plant of the University Hospital of Amsterdam, he advises hospitals in Slovakia, works on the development of real estate strategies for several hospitals and is as Managing Consultant responsible for the Healthcare activities of AT Osborne.

1G Managing the service: patient pathways, energy and carbon impacts

Professor Matthew Bacon FRSA RIBA, The Conclude Consultancy Limited

Mrs Venessa Neylen, Clinical Services Manager, Breast and Cancer Service, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals Trust

Scope of session: impacts of patient episode on energy and low-carbon hospital performance.

  • Introduce work carried out at the Sussex Cancer Centre.
  • Survey of each patient episode and the processing of pathway data into an energy model.
  • Reporting the energy and carbon impacts of each journey 

 The session will outline the challenges for understanding the energy and carbon impacts of operational policy in acute facilities.  We argue that assessment of energy and carbon impacts is easier to understand if the impacts are correlated to the patient episode. In each episode the patient journey needs to be understood. In that journey the patient will draw on the resources of the hospital - heating, cooling,ventilation, lighting and equipment. The hypothesis is that consumption impacts of all patient episodes can then be aggregated to a departmental energy budget.

 However it is often the lack of sufficiently 'granular' data that is often perceived as a barrier to this level of analysis.  Furthermore clinical users often feel unable to impact these issues through either a lack of ability to control resource consumption and/ or due to a lack of appropriate 'granular' data.

 The session will briefly describe the use of a survey tool that both informs clinicians and service managers alike with data concerning process efficiency.  It will explain how the same data can be used to model the energy impacts of specific patient episodes.  It will demonstrate how a departmental energy budget have been formulated from this work. Two Service Managers will describe the impact that this work has had on their service planning  and the potential to inform changes in operational practices, which could lead to improved energy consumption.

See case study: Occupancy Analytics – a new buildings science for low-energy – low carbon hospital design and operations

1H Using flooring to reduce maintenance costs and the use of chemicals in hospitals

Martin Duske, Manager Market Segments Health Care and Sustainability, nora Systems GmbH

Martin is working with the flooring manufacturer nora systems GmbH that has put his priority on finding sustainable flooring solutions for projects in Health Care facilities. He is specialist on international standards and practices of sustainability of building materials.  Inside his company he has helped to develop products that are capable to reduce the load of chemicals in a hospital considerably, mainly by defining parameters of emission and surface characteristics / cleanability of flooring, based upon demands and experience of health care facilities all over the world.

Julian Hacker, Project  Manager, Asklepios Service GmbH, Wiesbaden, Germany

Julian is Project Manager at the Asklepios Service GmbH for the Hospital “Asklepios Paulinen Klinik” in Wiesbaden, Germany. This hospital is one of the first European hospitals who have started to apply the cleaning method with diamond pads, where the use of chemicals can be reduced drastically. Julian has managed the tests and the introduction of this method in this facility.

 18th September
Parallel Sessions 2: Transformation Examples, 11.00 – 12.30

 2A Personality Disorder: Using a recovery approach

Ben Whittaker, senior occupational therapist, Bluebell House Recovery Support Centre, Burgess Hill

Burgess Hill offers a therapeutic service for people with personality disorder or complex psychological needs as part of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  Ben leads the occupational therapy programme at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and manages the Occupational Therapy Sustainable Practice Network (OT Susnet).  He was project leader for the World Federation of Occupational Therapists position statement on environmental sustainability.  Ben is proposing an expansion of the occupational therapy paradigm to incorporate sustainable global wellbeing.

2B Real time monitoring in bipolar disorder - lessons for leaner care

Phil Davison, Consultant Psychiatrist, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Phil Davison is the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Lead for Sustainability. He is working with Daniel Maughan, the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the University of Warwick to support Daniel’s work in creating a network of sustainability representatives in mental health services across England. We hope to research and introduce novel models of care which will stimulate the adoption of sustainable practices in mental health Trusts around the country. 

Daniel Maughan, Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Fellow in Sustainability

Dr Daniel Maughan is the Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Fellow in Sustainability; a two-year fellowship to improve the sustainability of mental health services. He is working with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, the RCPsych and the University of Warwick to create a network of sustainability representatives in mental health services across England. Its aims include researching innovations and new models of care and stimulating the adoption of sustainable practices in mental health Trusts around the country. Daniel is pursuing this fellowship as an OOPE from his psychiatric training. He has recently completed ST5 in General Adult Psychiatry in Oxford Deanery and the NHS clinical leadership fellowship program and is a researcher with the Social Psychiatry Group at Oxford University Department of Psychiatry.

2C Lifestyle intervention in diabetes care

Harry Rutter, public health academic at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with attachments at University College Cork and the University of Oxford

Harry was the founder director of the National Obesity Observatory for England, led the development of the English national childhood obesity surveillance system, chaired the NICE Programme Development Group for guidance on measures to promote walking and cycling, and contributes to a wide range of national and international expert groups. He is currently involved in research assessing the role of social and environmental factors on both obesity and physical activity.

Katharine Owen, Clinician Scientist and Consultant Physician at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism

Katharine’s research interests involve understanding the genetic aetiology of diabetes in young adults, identification and characterisation of unusual kinds of diabetes, biomarkers for monogenic diabetes and management of rare forms of diabetes. She also runs a clinical service for young adults with all kinds of diabetes and is interested in supporting patients in self-management of their condition.  She is involved in developing clinical diabetes networks through the Oxford Academic Health Science Network.

Dr David Paynton, MBE, GP

David qualified in 1975 going into full time General Practice in 1981 within Southampton before stepping into the corporate world of Southampton PCT in 2005. As a full time principle, he is a past chair of the Wessex Faculty of the RCGP, chaired a local Multifund, an Out of Hours Cooperative as well as being a founder member of the GP Wessex Educational Trust and a GP tutor. Starting as Chair of the Professional Executive, he moved into Commissioning before leaving in 2010. Still working clinically in an inner city practice in Southampton, he was appointed as National Clinical Lead for the RCGP Centre for Commissioning in 2012 and is also the clinical lead for Out of Hospital care and locality clinical lead for a group of practices within Southampton CCG. He was nominated as a Fellow of the RCGP in 1994, took a business degree in 2005 and was awarded an MBE in 2009 for services to health care.

2D Leaner pathways in diabetes

Dr Jonathan Levy, Clinical Director of the NHS Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic medicine service, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism

Dr Levy is also a Senior Research Fellow in the Diabetes Research Laboratories, Group Head/PI, Gran Holding Senior Scientist and consultant physician. His research projects are focussed on the evaluation of the pathophysiology of Type 2 diabetes and allied conditions, such as the metabolic syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome. Dr Levy is a principal investigator in the Warren II Consortium, the largest UK collaboration for the collection of genetic and phenotypic data in families of people with type 2 diabetes. More biographical information is available here.

2E Moving and singing – breathing better with healthier lungs

Dr Nicholas Hopkinson, MA, PhD, FRCP, clinical senior lecturer & honorary consultant respiratory physician, The National Heart and Lung Institute of Imperial College and the Royal Brompton Hospital

Nicholas is clinical lead for COPD at The Royal Brompton Hospital where he runs the Advanced COPD service. His research interests are in pulmonary physiology, skeletal muscle impairment and exercise limitation in COPD and other respiratory conditions. His work has been funded by The MRC, the British Lung Foundation and The Wellcome Trust and he works as part of the London Respiratory Muscle Group.He trained at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge and The London Hospital Medical School.  Follow @COPDdoc

Professor Sally Singh, Head of Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust. Also based at Coventry University, in the School of Physiotherapy (Faculty of Health and Life Sciences)

For several years she has been involved in the development of Cardiac Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Services. Her research interests initially focused on the development of robust outcome measures to evaluate these complex interventions. More recently research activity has focused upon service delivery. The physiological and metabolic response to exercise in patients with chronic cardio-respiratory disease is also of interest to the research group and some recent publications have explored this. She contributed to the Cochrane Review of exercise-based rehabilitation for heart failure.

2F Integrated respiratory care system

Siân Williams, Healthcare consultant, Programme Manager IMPRESS and London Respiratory Team

Since 2007 Siân has worked with two professional societies introducing whole systems thinking to improve and integrate respiratory services. Known as the IMPRESS Programme, it aims to transform care for people with long term breathlessness. Recently, with colleagues from general practice, community and hospital services and the London School of Economics IMPRESS produced guidance on how to achieve best value in COPD. This naturally leads to conversations about population as well as individual health, and to questions such as "Who am I not seeing?" and “How can stop smoking be reframed as a treatment not just a public health measure?”

Dr Sarah Elkin, Lead in Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College NHS Trust, Honorary Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London

Sarah studied Medicine at the Middlesex Hospital, London before going on to specialise in respiratory medicine in North West Thames. She has a doctorate from research performed at the Royal Brompton Hospital and Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. Her clinical and research interests are in smoking-related lung disease (COPD and lung cancer) and delivery of care. She has led on COPD pathways of care within Inner NW London and has worked closely with NW London CHLAHRC on rolling out and evaluating the COPD care bundle. She recently won the British Thoracic Society prize for integrated care delivery.


18th September
Parallel Sessions 3: How to Transform 13.30 – 15.00

3A Education, Culture and Leadership

Stefi Barna, lecturer in global health at Norwich Medical School

Stefi designs interdisciplinary curricula on sustainable development for the University of East Anglia (UK) and Azim Premji University (India).   She co-founded the Sustainable Healthcare Education in Medical Schools network, which has just published guidance on how to integrate sustainable healthcare teaching across medical education

Timothy P. Jones, President and CEO, Northern Berkshire Healthcare (North Adams, Mass.)

Tim Jones joined Northern Berkshire Healthcare as its President and Chief Executive Officer in October 2012. He is responsible for leading the organization into the world of Accountable Care Organizations while continuing to provide superior care to a rural community of 40,000 people. The organization has two primary focuses: safety first and creating healthier communities. NBH includes a full-service community hospital founded in 1885 and a visiting nurse group that recently marked 100 years of service. Mr. Jones has been a healthcare professional for 25 years in both acute care and ambulatory settings. His career reflects both clinical experience as a Radiation therapist, as well as progressive leadership experience in various settings.

Amy Collins MD, practicing emergency physician at MetroWest Medical Center, founder and chair of the hospital's Go Green Committee

Amy founded the Go Green Committee in 2007 following a project to start recycling in the emergency department.  In 2010 she joined Vanguard Health Systems as a sustainability and environmental health consultant and has been working to implement sustainability programs in Vanguard's hospitals nationwide. In addition, she works as an independent health care sustainability consultant, currently working with Northern Berkshire Medical Center in North Adams, MA.

Professor Janet Richardson BSc., PhD., PGCE., RN., DN., CPsychol, Professor of Health Service Research in the Faculty of Health and Human Sciences at Plymouth University

Janet is a nurse with clinical experience in cancer and supportive care. Following a psychology degree she began to research patients’ views of healthcare, and health service effectiveness. Much of this work focused on engaging staff and users in the development, commissioning and evaluation of services using participatory approaches. She teaches research methods, evidence-based practice and sustainability and health. Her current research engages healthcare providers in finding solutions to the health and healthcare challenges presented by climate change and resource depletion.

3B Increasing the visibility of resource use

Mark Starr, PhD in psychology, creator and publisher of the Cochrane Library

Mark has a doctorate in psychology from University of Pennsylvania, He has been active in Evidence Based Medicine, and developed the software both to support the infrastructure of the Cochrane Collaboration, and to manage the authoring and publishing of systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare interventions. Update Software, the company he set up to manage this, was the creator and publisher of the Cochrane Library for its first fifteen years. The Cochrane Library is now the 6th most cited medical publication in the world. His current interests are in the development of sustainable care pathways and the measurement of the environmental impacts of health services (as opposed to healthcare organisations). 

Simon P Smith, Executive Director, Local Services Division, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Simon started his career in the NHS as a clerk in the Casualty Department of St Thomas’ Hospital in London, and has since worked in a variety of settings and regions of the UK. However for the last 20 years his focus has been solely with Mental Health and Learning Disability services where he believes the real challenge of service delivery lies. Simon is strongly committed to delivering positive strategic change to improve the experience of those who use our services, and works with a strong set of public sector values.  Simon leads, for the Board, the work to drive sustainability in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Simon is a bread maker and cook in his spare time.

Dr Michele Hampson, honorary consultant, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Michele was the Chair of the General and Community Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists 2007-2011. She continues to work with the College, topics including public health and sustainability. The faculty initiated a project to measure the carbon footprint of a mental health trust, working with Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and lead national agencies and this work continues to develop.

3C Co-production and shared decision-making

Sian Rees, Interim Director, University of Oxford Health Experiences Institute

3D Using data to drive transformation

Kate Cheema, Information Specialist, Quality Observatory, NHS Central Southern Commissioning Support Unit

Kate has an interest in the measurement of quality in healthcare, specifically harm and patient safety.  Kate is passionate about the effective use of information to inform and improve everyday healthcare practice, and works closely with clinical and information teams to make the best of the wealth of data the NHS has at its disposal.

Erica Ison, public health specialist

Erica has worked with Sir Muir Gray, who is chairing the open plenary, since 1989 when the first conference on Greening the NHS was organised. She carried out some of the first waste studies in the health service and went on to become a consultant to the World Health Organisation on health impact assessment. She has worked for WHO in Italy, Ireland, Estonia and Spain, as well as on projects in Geneva and the European Office.

3E Health informatics

Dr Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education, University College London

Mohammad’s current focus is on personal health records (PHRs) and he founded the company Patients Know Best to help patients understand their health records and collaborate with clinicians. He is fascinated by low cost computer technology that aids collaboration in health care. Low cost is important not only because it means affordable and thus deployable, but because in IT the lower cost solution is also the one with higher quality. And collaboration is important because it improves patient care.

He trained as a physician at the University of Cambridge and before that as a programmer at Anglia Ruskin University. From 2002-2008 he worked as a doctor in the UK National Health Service, a researcher at the US National Institutes of Health and a hospital management consultant in the USA. He has also written six IT books, all of which deal with using technology for collaboration.

Dr John Stoves, Consultant Nephrologist, St Luke's Hospital, Bradford

3F Payment systems

Dr Tim Ballard

Tim is a GP in rural Wiltshire. He is a nationally elected member of RCGP Council. He has been the RCGP sustainability lead for the last 5 years. He has been recently elected to be the Vice Chair of the RCGP with the brief for external affairs. He is keen to use this opportunity to continue to include sustainability issues in wider policy areas.

David Boyle, fellow, New Weather Institute and the New Economics Foundation

David has been at the heart of  efforts to develop co-production and introduce time banks to Britain as a critical element of public service reform.  He was co-author of three key reports for NESTA in 2009/10, The Challenge of Co-production, Public Services Inside Out and Right Here, Right Now which set out co-production as a practical way forward for UK services.  He was recently the government’s independent reviewer on Barriers to Public Service Choice (2012-13).

19th September
Parallel Session 4: 
Investing in Health, 11.00-12.30

4A Approaches to upstream prevention: influencing policy v direct interventions

Hugh Barton

Andrew Pratt, Health Improvement Specialist, Plymouth Community Healthcare

Andrew worked on an innovative 'health impact assessment' (HIA) project in Plymouth from 2001.  This HIA project aimed to promote wellbeing and reduce inequalities by influencing non-health sector policy makers.  Andrew will describe some quick examples of how 'upstream prevention' fared in Plymouth, and briefly reflect on the best ways of influencing policy to promote sustainable wellbeing.

4B The role of the clinician in promoting health

Trevor Thompson, Reader in Healthcare Education, University of Bristol

Trevor is also a family physician at the innovating "Wellspring Healthy Living Centre" in inner-city Bristol. His passion is to inspire hearts and minds with teaching that rocks. He has had a long-standing interest in healthcare that is kind to people and planet and so to find out more co-authored the book "Sustainable Healthcare" (Wiley-BMJ). This forms the kernel of several courses that he is responsible for at Bristol and beyond. When not emailing he is to be found sailing, singing, walking, growing stuff and lounging about.

Andrea Silenzi, General Secretary, Italian Association of Medical Managers (SIMM) and VP of the Italian Association of Young Doctors

Andrea is also resident doctor in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore of Rome (Italy) where he works as assistant in the central committee of the National Observatory of Health Care in Italian Regions. Ispired by Prof. Walter Ricciardi and Sir Muir Gray, he is involved in the fields of public health, medical management, medical education and health policy, trying to do his best to shape a new culture in the Italian healthcare professionals' community.

Andy Cassels-Brown, NHS Consultant Ophthalmologist, Leeds 

Andy has a specialty interest in public health and community development. After attending the 2011 WHO linked Health Promoting Hospitals conference in Manchester, he was inspired to work with colleagues at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists to develop: a) RCOphth Congress Sustainability workshops; b) RCOphth Ophthalmic Service Guidances for "Sustainability in Ophthalmology"; and c) the RCOphth response to the recent Dept of Health and Public Health England National Consultation exercise to be launched in January 2014. Andy has also been exploring Sustainability issues in his own hospital and is soon to participate in the Permaculture UK Design Course in Leeds to broaden his perspectives. In his spare time Andy has worked over many years with developing economies in Africa and Asia whose frugality and resourcefulness have much to offer the "more developed" and more consuming nations!


4C Aspirin from Willow

Dr Frank Swinton, Consultant Anaesthetist, Airedale Hospital

Having worked for the British Antarctic Survey and spending a year at the base where the hole in the ozone layer was discovered, Frank felt that he had to change his habits. He first reduced his carbon footprint at home and then turned his attention to the workplace. In addition to his medical duties he heads up the ecoawAire team who work to make the hospital more environmentally friendly by fair means or foul.

Steve Marshall, Head Gardener, Airedale NHS Foundations Trust

“Steve began his love of gardening at the age of 11, working in a rose growing nursery and progressed to tending a Village green along with private gardens. He studied Countryside skills and management and also horticulture and has always had a fondness for the environment. Since joining Airedale Steve has realised the importance of the grounds and gardens to patients and through this joined the Eco awAire group to help bridge the gap between clinical and non-clinical entities. Steve believes this is one of the group’s greatest achievements. They now have a voice!”

4D Commissioning green space for health

Nick Grayson, Climate Change and Sustainability Manager, Birmingham City Council

Nick has been with Birmingham for over 30 years - Europe’s largest municipality. Nick began on the practical side qualifying with an MHort. RHS in 1989 (Distinction) & Awards supported a month long study tour of Japan, & World Expo in Osaka, in 1990. Nick qualified as a Landscape Architect – (from Birmingham City University) in 1993 with his final year piece - suggesting a new city centre park – the idea was accepted -now built and opened as Eastside City Park. Nick gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Policy, University of Birmingham 2000. Nick has European experience through European Urban Greening Project -URGE- (2000-2004); EU-Adapt (2012-13). Currently Nick is on the National Ecosystem Assessment Review Group; chairs the Local Delivery Green Infrastructure Partnership for Defra; leading on a Natural Capital City Model for Defra; and EPSRC funded Liveable Cities; author of Birmingham’s Green Living Spaces Plan 2013 - connects Health to Planning.

Paul Nolan, Director of The Mersey Forest Team managing a multidisciplinary team delivering a 30-year government-approved Forest Plan

The Mersey Forest is supported by 7 local authorities across Merseyside, Warrington and Cheshire West and Chester. Our work engages a wide range of organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors as well as engaging with local communities. Our work has led to a 75% increase in woodland cover, providing a range of benefits including setting the scene for new economic investment, creating new jobs and attracting business to relocate to the area and improving education, health and wellbeing. The vision for the Mersey Forest is to get “More from Trees”, so that our trees and woodlands are seen as a vital part of the sustainability of our area. Improving health and wellbeing has been a key objective for the Mersey Forest Partnership and we have been working to develop a Natural Health Service for several, maybe many years! He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, NW Regional Advisory Committee for Forestry Commission and Chair of the National Community Forest Partnership. I am a member of the Atlantic Gateway Sustainable Environment Group. I also chair the Green Infrastructure Think Tank, the Planning and Forestry Network and the Sefton Coast Partnership.

4E NHS Forest - building a shared asset for health & community

Will Nattrass, GP

Dr Will Nattrass has recently started working as a full-time GP in Bristol and Cheltenham. During his final Registrar year he was Severn Deanery Sustainability Scholar and was involved with several projects including an NHS Forest Project and health route. Interests include mountain and road cycling as well as 'no dig' gardening.

Clive Robinson

Clive is a 10 year veteran of the NHS, working for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust driving the Sustainable Development agenda. He is an advocate for community integration and partnership working; the voice for change to a more sustainable way of working within Coventry and the region and pushes for low carbon living at every level. Passionate about the natural environment and highlighting the positive impact on health at work (and enjoying the outdoors for his own health on his allotment at home) he is proud to say that yes he is a tree hugger.

Sarah Dandy, Coordinator, NHS Forest at Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Sarah graduated from Kings College, London with a master’s degree in Environmental Development and then joined the Environmental Protection programme of DEFRA. She spent three years working as a Sustainability Advisor for an environmental consultancy. This role included giving sustainable construction advice to developers, updating the Ministry of Defence’s sustainability assessment tool and project managing a series of environmental monitoring programmes. Sarah is a qualified Ecohomes and Code for Sustainable Homes assessor.

4F Measuring the triple bottom line 

Rob Lillywhite, Senior Research Fellow in the School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick

Rob’s work focuses on understanding and quantifying the environmental impacts associated with food production and the provision of healthcare. His research uses carbon footprinting to examine 'hot-spots' of impact within the healthcare sector.

Mark Starr (see 3B)