Reducing the environmental impact of asthma inhalers – Delivering a Net Zero NHS

08/02/2022 10:30 am to 08/02/2022 12:00 pm

Event Details

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We’re hosting a series of sharing and learning events that aim to share best practice innovations and initiatives to support the delivery of a net zero NHS.

The next event focusing on reducing the environmental impact of asthma inhalers, concentrating on policies and pathways for adults, will take place online on Tuesday 8 February 10:30am to 12pm.

Medicines account for up to 25% of emissions within the NHS, with inhalers making up 3% of these emissions. The Delivering a Net Zero NHS policy outlines possible interventions including optimising prescribing, substituting high carbon products for low-carbon alternatives, and improvements in production and waste processes.

This event aims to share best practice and learnings useful to those working in primary care, respiratory clinicians, pharmacists interested in respiratory and NHS sustainability leads.

Topics and speakers include:


  • Introduction – Kathy Scott, Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Yorkshire and Humber AHSN and co-sustainability lead for the national AHSN Network
  • NHS policy on inhaler use – Sarah Ouanhnon, Senior Net Zero Delivery Lead, Greener NHS Programme
  • Overview of the Sentinel Programme – a multifaceted approach which aims to reduce the over-use of SABA inhalers to improve asthma outcomes and reduce the environmental impact – Dr Michael Crooks, Respiratory Consultant, Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
  • How to reduce the carbon footprint of inhaler prescribing in Primary Care – Dr Aarti Bansal, GP and Founder of Greener Practice
  • Pharmacy inhaler recycling schemes – speaker to be confirmed