Plenary Session 2 - Climate Change and Clinical Practice and Poster awards

16:00 - 17:00

This session, chaired by Sir Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, 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 Alifia Chakkera, Head of Pharmaceutical Sustainability, Scottish Government.

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.

Alifia Chakera

Head of Pharmaceutical Sustainability, Scottish Government

Alifia is the Head of Pharmaceutical Sustainability with the Scottish Government’s Health Infrastructure Division.

Professor Sir Gregor Smith

Chief Medical Officer for Scotland, Scottish Government

Gregor Smith is a GP and former Medical Director from Lanarkshire. He was appointed Deputy Chief Medical Officer in 2015, interim Chief Medical Officer in April 2020 and Chief Medical Officer in December 2020.