Learn about the impacts of the healthcare sector on both the ocean and human health. Hear first-hand accounts from individuals and communities involved in positive action to help conserve and enjoy the health and well-being benefits and sustainable interactions with the Ocean. Engage with others in NHS Ocean to enable positive and sustainable change.
About NHS (National Health Service) Ocean
NHS Ocean aims to conserve and protect coastal and marine ecosystems. The way through is by minimising the harm resulting from the procurement and delivery of healthcare whilst increasing awareness of the benefits to human health and wellbeing from sustainable interactions with healthy seas, coasts, and waterways. They will do this through promoting individual and community actions and advancing the education of healthcare and public health professionals and the public on the interdependence between human and oceanic health and collaboration, encouraging engagement with research institutions, environmental and communities.
Programme and Speakers
Through a light-touch interview, participants will be introduced to the personal story of how NHS Ocean came about, followed by interactive panels on both global issues (e.g. procurement) and individual/community issues (e.g. social prescribing), and how interactions with and restoration of blue spaces can impact on health and the role of the NHS. This will then lead to breakout groups to engage participants to share their own stories and to inspire actions. The meeting will conclude with a call to interdisciplinary and trans-sector collaborations actions in NHS Ocean going forward.
Below is a preview of some of the fantastic line-up of speakers on our programme:
Dr Nick Watts – NHS Chief Sustainability Officer
Professor Michael Depledge CBE, Non-Executive Director of Eden Project International Ltd
Dr Georgie Sowman– GP North East England and PHE Physical Activity Clinical Champion NE and co-founder of NHS Ocean
Dr Richard Hixson – Consultant in Critical Care Country Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust and co-founder of NHS Ocean
Professor Lora Fleming, Director of the European Centre for Environment and Human Health, University of Exeter
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