Sustainable Healthcare - the NHS way

Seminar Rm 515 Melbourne School of Population and Global Health Level 5, 207 Bouverie St Carlton


The Sustainable Development Unit (SDU) was established in 2007 with the task of ensuring the UK National Health Service (NHS) operated in an environmentally sustainable way – starting with reducing its carbon emissions. Between 2007 and 2015 the NHS reduced its carbon emissions by 11% – exceeding the 10% target set in 2009, and despite health and care activity increasing by 18%. This represents a saving of £1.85bn, and more broadly, the first steps in a transition towards a sustainable and resilient health and care system.

Guest speaker: Dr David Pencheon OBE, Founder Director of the Sustainable Development Unit (SDU), for the NHS and Public Health England.

David was previously Director of the Public Health Observatory in Cambridge from 2001 to 2007. He has worked as a clinical doctor in the NHS, a joint Director of Public Health, a Public Health Training Director, with the NHS R&D programme, and in rural China in the early 1990s with Save the Children Fund (UK). His main interests and areas of research and publication are: sustainable development; large scale transformational change; health and climate change; leadership; strategy development; personal and organisational behaviour change; social value; and disruptive innovation - for health professionals, patients and the public.

All welcome.

This seminar is co-hosted by the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, and the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne.