Climate Change and Clinical Practice

16:00 - 17:00

This session, chaired by Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, will focus on approaches to reducing the environmental impact of clinical practice and its contribution to climate change.  Speakers attending this session include Scott Brady, Climate Programme Manager from Health Care Without Harm, Europe and Dr Frances Mortimer, Medical Director for the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

Clinical practice is central to reducing NHS Scotland’s greenhouse gas emissions and achieving the aim of a becoming an environmentally sustainable health service. The session will consider how sustainability can be incorporated into quality improvement work and will highlight work which is underway in two areas of particular importance, respiratory medicine and surgery.

Emissions from the propellant in metered dose inhalers in Scotland and from anaesthesia are estimated at over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent in 2020/21.


Poster Awards Ceremony

The winners of the poster awards across all categories will be invited to the stage to receive their trophies from Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive of NHS Scotland and Director General Health and Social Care.

Scott Brady

Climate Programme Manager, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe

Scott leads Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe’s Climate-smart Healthcare programme, which aims to transform European healthcare into a low-carbon and climate resilient sector.

Professor Jason Leitch

National Clinical Director, Scottish Government

Jason has worked for the Scottish Government since 2007 and in January 2015 was appointed as The National Clinical Director in the Health and Social Care Directorate. He is a Scottish Government Director and a member of the Health and Social Care Management Board. He is one of the senior team responsible for the NHS in Scotland.

Dr Frances Mortimer

Medical Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Alpana Mair

Scottish Government

Kenneth Barker

Consultant Anaesthetist, NHS Highland

Kenneth Barker trained in anaesthesia in Dundee and in Sweden. He has been a consultant in Raigmore Hospital, Inverness since 2000, and in recent years developed an interest in environmental issues and sustainable medicine.