NOA Webinar Explores Sustainability and Green Initiatives in Orthopaedic Surgery

In a compelling exploration of Sustainability and the Green Agenda in Orthopaedic Surgery, the National Orthopaedic Alliance (NOA) hosted a thought-provoking webinar on 29 November 2023. Chaired by Mr. Cormac Kelly, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and NOA Webinar Programme Lead, the virtual event delved into the latest developments in sustainability within the NHS, specifically within orthopaedic surgery.

Irrum Afzal, Research and Outcomes Manager at the South West London Elective Orthopaedic Centre (SWLEOC), shared an overview of the organisation’s “Sustainability in Orthopaedic Surgery” paper. She not only summarised the paper’s findings but also provided valuable insights into the ongoing sustainability initiatives at SWLEOC, contributing significantly to the broader conversation on eco-friendly practices in orthopaedic care.

The session also highlighted the award-winning Green Plan from the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital, which clinched the prestigious “Working Towards Net Zero – A Greener NHS” award at the 2022 NOA Excellence in Orthopaedics Awards. Sian Langford, Facilities Compliance Manager, and Phil Davies, Head of Estates and Facilities, shared key aspects of their successful Green Plan.

Finally, the webinar addressed ongoing research initiatives in the field, with the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) West Midlands presenting their work. Virginia Ledda, PhD Fellow at the NIHR Global Surgery Unit, University of Birmingham, provided insights into the proposed randomised control trial (DRAGON) focusing on the use of disposable versus reusable theatre gowns.

NOA’s commitment to fostering sustainability in orthopaedic surgery was emphasised by the Ann Hoey, NOA Programme Director, who stated, “This webinar showcases our dedication to advancing sustainable practices in orthopaedics. The collective insights and experiences shared by the presenters exemplify the ongoing efforts to create a greener, more sustainable future for orthopaedic care.”

Attendees were encouraged to register their interest in participating in the DRAGON trial, highlighting the collaborative effort to drive sustainable practices in orthopaedic surgery.

In response to the webinar, an attendee shared their positive sentiments, stating, “All the presenters really offered good insights and experiences on their journey towards sustainability. Very useful, informative, and educational. Thank you.”

You can view the full recording of the session here.