Medical, nursing and Allied Health Professionals (AHP) are crucial players in the NHS’s commitment to becoming a ‘Net Zero’ NHS
. The effective implementation of this goal requires strategic vision and resourcefulness from educators, practitioners and students (future leaders).
The climate emergency is also a health emergency, threatening the core purpose of the NHS, putting at risk the health and wellbeing of patients and communities. Unabated, climate change will disrupt care, affecting patients and the public at every stage of their lives. Visionary change-makers, therefore, are crucial to support current and future NHS green leaders. Dr Clare Pettinger
has reviewed sustainable eating for nutrition professionals, working closely with her professional body (the BDA) to champion both pedagogic research
and practical policy application via the pioneering One Blue Dot Toolkit
. This has led to her co-developing the new Greener AHP hub
. She is also working with the Business School on ‘collaborative leadership for sustainability in AHPs’ to develop this work further.
Similarly Dr Daniela Oehring
, Associate Professor in Optometry, has been undertaking research around healthcare students' and professionals' attitudes towards sustainability and healthcare. This mixed methods project involves an extensive literature review, written questionnaires of healthcare educators and subsequently, and semi-structured interviews of healthcare professionals, academics, and students. It will consider the key obstacles to professionals and students supporting environmental sustainability, and how these can be overcome.