Welcome to this network, for everyone interested in improving the environmental sustainability of operating theatres. The network is open equally to all professions including ODPs, theatre nurses, anaesthetists, surgeons and non-clinicians.

Please join in to share your experiences, examples of projects, share resources, signpost events, and ask questions of the group.

Take a look at the Green Surgery Challenge and sustainable anaesthetics work too, and we regularly post information here on related courses and events.


Glove Awareness Week resources: 2 May to 6 May 2022

Glove Awareness Week runs from the 2nd to 6th May this year and focuses on encouraging nursing staff - and medical and health care professionals - to make one change to reduce their unnecessary glove use and help make health care more sustainable. RCN resources available.

£7.45m funding available for two new research units

The Health Foundation’s REAL Centre has launched an ambitious new programme that will provide independent research that builds on the work of the REAL Centre, to help improve long-term decision making in health and social care. There may be good opportunities to propose research through the lens of sustainability. 


Life cycle assessment and life cycle cost of repairing surgical scissors

The study used life cycle assessment (LCA) to estimate the environmental impacts and financial cost of repairing surgical scissors.

Rizan, C., Brophy, T., Lillywhite, R. et al. Life cycle assessment and life cycle cost of repairing surgical scissors. Int J Life Cycle Assess 27, 780–795 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11367-022-02064-7
June, 2022

Greener NHS

If you are a newcomer to sustainable healthcare, the NHS England website has a user-friendly guide to the principles behind the NHS Net Zero target.

June, 2022


Call for Abstracts: North South Ireland Public Health Conference – Healthy Planet, Healthy People

Abstracts are welcomed for the Healthy Planet, Healthy People conference on 30th November 2022,  hosted by The Institute of Public Health, Public Health Agency, Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast, and University College Cork. The conference  theme is the relationship between climate change and health in Ireland.

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