This event will see separate talks from UoM's Professor Allan Matthews and Dr David Jones of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
14:00: Welcome and introduction with event chair (TBC)
14:05: Allan Matthews, Professor of Surface Engineering and Tribology, Faculty of Science and Engineering at The University of Manchester
14:30: Q&A with Allan Matthews
14:40: Dr David Jones, Medical Examiner and retired Consultant Surgeon at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Greener operations: Sustainable Perioperative Care
15;05 Q & A with Dr David Jones
15:15: Event Close
Professor Allan Matthews| Topic tbc
Dr David Jones | Peri-operative practice relates to care during and around the time of a operation. It covers care during the operation itself, as well as care before and after a surgical procedure – including consultations before an operation, and hospital care after an operation.
Climate change has been identified as a health emergency that, according to NHS Chief Executive Sir Simon Stevens, “poses the most profound long-term threat to the health of the nation”, yet healthcare itself makes a substantial contribution to global warming and environmental pollution.
Operations are among the most resource-intensive healthcare interventions; each operating theatre creates around two tonnes of waste per year, and a single operation can generate a ‘carbon footprint’ equivalent to driving more than 2,000 miles. The NHS, which is responsible for four per cent of the UK’s national carbon footprint, has committed to achieving Net Zero emissions by 2040, with an interim 80 per cent reduction in emissions by 2032.
To achieve this target, peri-operative practice needs to become more environmentally sustainable, or ‘green’, in the future.
Funded by the NIHR, the James Lind Alliance (JLA) is a non-profit making initiative which brings patients, carers and clinicians together in Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs). The PSPs identify and prioritise the Top 10 unanswered questions or evidence uncertainties that they agree are the most important. The aim of this is to make sure that health research funders are aware of the issues that matter most to the people who need to use the research in their everyday lives.
The aim of our ‘Greener Operations PSP’ is to form a collaboration with patients, carers, healthcare professionals and the broader public to find out what are the most important areas to research to make operations more environmentally sustainable.