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About us

A network for sustainable healthcare in Wales.

Protecting the health of people and our planet is our goal. Advocating, catalysing and empowering leaders and communities, across boundaries, to act on the climate emergency is what we do. Why? Because by transforming health and care to be more sustainable and climate smart, we can protect future generations.

Our incredible team

Dr Stacey Harris

Clinical Lead

Stacey is a paediatrician and in 2021/2022 undertook a leadership fellowship in sustainable healthcare, her passions are in sustainable health and care leadership and education to protect the health of current and future generations.

Dr Gwenllian Rhys

Green Group Lead

Gwenllian is a doctor working in North Wales. Her work in sustainability started in October 2019 when she supported her colleagues to establish the Ysbyty Gwynedd Green Group in Bangor. After helping this group to deliver sustainable improvement at Ysbyty Gwynedd, she wanted to see Green Groups established across Wales, to share project ideas and accelerate sustainable change across the healthcare sector. She currently works as the Green Group lead for Green Health Wales and aim to facilitate these groups to connect with, and learn from each other, in order to spread successful sustainability projects across Welsh hospitals.

Dr Sarah Williams

Clinical Lead

Sarah co-founded Greener Practice Wales in 2020, a GP led network working towards sustainable healthcare. Sarah has become the first RCGP Climate and Sustainable Lead for RCGP Wales. She has contributed to multiple communities of practice across Wales working towards sustainable healthcare. She currently has a placement as one of the first employees for Green Health Wales the national organisation connecting, learning and transforming sustainable healthcare across the Welsh NHS. She has a keen passion for GP education having been a training programme director for Bristol school of GP, and a training programme director for the leadership and education programme in the South West Faculty. Though her main role is a mum of two young children and is determined to further sustainable healthcare acknowledging the climate crisis is a health crisis and much work is needed to secure a safer climate for future generations.

Dr Tom Downs

Global and Adaptation Lead

I am a Trainee GP in the Glamorgan Valleys. My interest in sustainable healthcare started when I was a medical student and did my medical elective in green social prescribing. As a newly qualified Doctor in 2019 I was part of the Bevan Commission Exemplar programme, this inspired me to think of sustainable healthcare with prudent healthcare principles. In
Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board I have worked on health adaptation to climate change and healthcare climate resilience. I am pleased to be working as the Global and Adaptation Lead for Green Health Wales and look forward to building our relationships with
international sustainable health networks to share learning and opportunities.

Dr Fiona Brennan

Clinical Lead

Dr Fiona Brennan has been a consultant anaesthetist in Cardiff & Vale University Health Board since 2013. Fiona is energised by working in non-traditional teams, whose vision lies in transforming healthcare towards a model which protects both the health of people and our planet. Fiona co-founded the Welsh anaesthetic green network in 2019, wrote the proposals for and has supervised the HEIW/CAVUHB/CSH leadership fellows in sustainable healthcare 2020 to 2023, and co-founded Green Health Wales in June 2021. Fiona is an advocate for collective, compassionate leadership.

Chloe Chettleburgh

Communications Lead

Chloe is a communications professional working with Green Health Wales and Cardiff and Vale UHB as part of Shaping Change, the improvement and innovation team. She’s worked in various settings; from global charities to sustainable fashion and most recently in East Africa working for a charity training, employing and empowering people with disabilities. She’s passionate about using her creative skills as a force for good.

Will Beharrell

National Honorary Lead

Will is a medical doctor specialising in psychiatry and the founder of The Fathom Trust, a charity promoting health and healing through craftsmanship, conservation and contemplation. He has extensive experience of community development overseas, notably in Afghanistan where he established a primary healthcare centre for the charity Turquoise Mountain. For Green Health Wales, his interest lies in creating innovative forms of social infrastructure to provide holistic community-based approaches to health.

Les Bailie

National Honorary Lead

Les Baillie is a Professor of Microbiology in the school of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of Cardiff university. In addition to exploring nature based solutions for antibiotic resistance he is also investigating the restorative impact of nature on mental health. There are two main projects, one in Abercynon where we are supporting a community garden he other is in Ystrad Mynach where we are working with hospital staff to create a space of nature and mental decompression.

Gary Walpole

National Honorary Lead

A strategic organization development practical academic with an outstanding record of conceptualizing and leading multi-partner, multi-million-pound projects. A proven track-record of designing, developing and delivering leadership, innovation and transformation programmes for public and private sector organizations. He is also a circular economy innovation expert.

Sian Evans

National Honorary Lead

Sian Evans is a senior public health professional with over 25 years’ experience working in different sectors of the NHS with a passion for primary care. She is a Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales and a registered pharmacist. She started life as a community pharmacist and since then has held a number of positions in Wales leading small teams and national pieces of work to influence the public health, NHS settings, medicines management, workforce development and healthcare professional agendas. For the last few years Sian has pursued her interest in climate change and is working across the system in Wales to enable others to take action to improve the planet.

Sara MacBride-Stewart

National Honorary Lead

Committed to Just Transitions and Environmental Justice, I am Reader at Cardiff University, and co-lead for the CU Planetary Health University Research Network. I research wellbeing derived from natural environments, human effects on these landscapes and the uneven impacts of mitigation policies on communities. I explore these issues as a matter of place-based and global concern. I have produced novel methodologies and citizen-created outputs in a range of environmental and health settings. My theoretical goal is the advancement of equalities at the heart of linked environmental and health actions.

Sarah Thorne

National Honorary Lead

With a longstanding career in Pharmacy, Sarah joined the public health team in Hywel Dda University Health Board where she became Wales first One Health Practitioner. This innovative role aims to ensure One Health is embedded within system-wide issues, incorporating climate and health action within wider policy and programmes of work, including COVID-19 recovery, biodiversity and sustainable development. Sarah focusses on bringing together partners from the human, animal and environmental sectors to work on issues that intersect these domains including the food system, education & innovation, threats from infectious diseases and the environmental & climate priorities contained in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

Bethan Griffiths

National Honorary Lead

Beth works as a GP in South Wales. She is an active member of Plant Based Health Professionals, and has completed the University of Winchester Plant-Based Nutrition Course. She is passionate about improving our current food system to lessen its impact on human health and across all nine planetary boundaries. Beth encourages collaborative working and welcomes correspondence on all things food.

Richard Boldero

National Honorary Lead

Richard has a wealth of experience from a career spanning over 25 years in pharmacy. He first practiced as a community pharmacist, before working for many years in various positions in the NHS, including a split academic role with Cardiff University. He currently provides expertise in medicines optimisation, data reporting and analytics, and sustainability, for the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre. He is the lead for several areas of national work in relation to inhalers, including the development of the ‘All Wales Strategy for Prescribing, Use and Disposal’, and the reporting on the carbon footprint of inhalers used across Wales.

Kate Holliman

National Honorary Lead

Dr Kate Holliman is a GP with a special interest in Lifestyle Medicine and sustainable healthcare. She obtained the diploma in Lifestyle Medicine in 2020, and applies this approach of supporting patients with making lifestyle changes in order to improve their health and well-being throughout her practice. Kate currently works as clinical lead for the Swansea Bay Long Covid Rehab Service alongside GP work. She is passionate about improving health care to make it better for patients and the planet, and feels that lifestyle medicine is the key to achieving this.

Chris Bailey

National Honorary Lead

An experienced renewable energy technologies and decarbonisation specialist based in Swansea. Chris is committed to driving sustainable solutions that benefit both the environment and our communities. Chris serves as a reliable source of insights on achieving net zero goals and offers practical guidance. His expertise spans solar power utilisation, energy storage optimisation, decarbonised heat, performance data and navigating the electric vehicle landscape. Particularly in the healthcare sector, Chris contributes to sustainable practices that promote well-being through enhancement of NHS Wales assets and infrastructure, but also in changing mindsets and ways of working. Chris champions local initiatives with global impact, empowering local expertise and services to provide solutions on their doorstep and beyond.

Dr Kathryn Speedy

National Honorary Lead

Dr Kathryn Speedy is a higher trainee in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, based in South Wales. Having always had a love and concern for the environment, in 2020 Kathryn successfully applied for an RCPsych Green Scholarship and joined the RCPsych Planetary Health and Sustainability Committees and EcoCAMHS groups. Kathryn joined Green Health Wales in 2021 and brought together the Greener Mental Health Wales network. An interest in medical education has led Kathryn to projects aiming to raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency amongst healthcare professionals and developing training and educational resources, and in 2022, Kathryn was successful in applying for a flexible portfolio training fellowship in sustainable healthcare at Health Education and Improvement Wales. Kathryn is the host of “Climate Smart Conversations”, an educational podcast about sustainable healthcare.

Flo King

National Honorary Lead

Flo graduated from Cardiff and has been working as a general dental practitioner. She led her practice through the Greener Primary Care Framework and was able to achieve Gold
Award for them. The team was also ‘Highly Commended in the Sustainable Business Award
category at the Dentistry 2023 Awards Final.’ She completed the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
training course in Sustainable Dentistry this year and has been putting it to good use by helping educate other practices in Cardiff by speaking at various CPD study evenings. She is an active
member of Green Health Wales and sits on the national steering group to inform on dental
sustainable healthcare.

Dr Stacey Harris

Clinical Lead

Stacey is a paediatrician and in 2021/2022 undertook a leadership fellowship in sustainable healthcare, her passions are in sustainable health and care leadership and education to protect the health of current and future generations.

Dr Gwenllian Rhys

Green Group Lead

Gwenllian is a doctor working in North Wales. Her work in sustainability started in October 2019 when she supported her colleagues to establish the Ysbyty Gwynedd Green Group in Bangor. After helping this group to deliver sustainable improvement at Ysbyty Gwynedd, she wanted to see Green Groups established across Wales, to share project ideas and accelerate sustainable change across the healthcare sector. She currently works as the Green Group lead for Green Health Wales and aim to facilitate these groups to connect with, and learn from each other, in order to spread successful sustainability projects across Welsh hospitals.

Dr Sarah Williams

Clinical Lead

Sarah co-founded Greener Practice Wales in 2020, a GP led network working towards sustainable healthcare. Sarah has become the first RCGP Climate and Sustainable Lead for RCGP Wales. She has contributed to multiple communities of practice across Wales working towards sustainable healthcare. She currently has a placement as one of the first employees for Green Health Wales the national organisation connecting, learning and transforming sustainable healthcare across the Welsh NHS. She has a keen passion for GP education having been a training programme director for Bristol school of GP, and a training programme director for the leadership and education programme in the South West Faculty. Though her main role is a mum of two young children and is determined to further sustainable healthcare acknowledging the climate crisis is a health crisis and much work is needed to secure a safer climate for future generations.

Dr Tom Downs

Global and Adaptation Lead

I am a Trainee GP in the Glamorgan Valleys. My interest in sustainable healthcare started when I was a medical student and did my medical elective in green social prescribing. As a newly qualified Doctor in 2019 I was part of the Bevan Commission Exemplar programme, this inspired me to think of sustainable healthcare with prudent healthcare principles. In
Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board I have worked on health adaptation to climate change and healthcare climate resilience. I am pleased to be working as the Global and Adaptation Lead for Green Health Wales and look forward to building our relationships with
international sustainable health networks to share learning and opportunities.

Dr Fiona Brennan

Clinical Lead

Dr Fiona Brennan has been a consultant anaesthetist in Cardiff & Vale University Health Board since 2013. Fiona is energised by working in non-traditional teams, whose vision lies in transforming healthcare towards a model which protects both the health of people and our planet. Fiona co-founded the Welsh anaesthetic green network in 2019, wrote the proposals for and has supervised the HEIW/CAVUHB/CSH leadership fellows in sustainable healthcare 2020 to 2023, and co-founded Green Health Wales in June 2021. Fiona is an advocate for collective, compassionate leadership.

Chloe Chettleburgh

Communications Lead

Chloe is a communications professional working with Green Health Wales and Cardiff and Vale UHB as part of Shaping Change, the improvement and innovation team. She’s worked in various settings; from global charities to sustainable fashion and most recently in East Africa working for a charity training, employing and empowering people with disabilities. She’s passionate about using her creative skills as a force for good.

Will Beharrell

National Honorary Lead

Will is a medical doctor specialising in psychiatry and the founder of The Fathom Trust, a charity promoting health and healing through craftsmanship, conservation and contemplation. He has extensive experience of community development overseas, notably in Afghanistan where he established a primary healthcare centre for the charity Turquoise Mountain. For Green Health Wales, his interest lies in creating innovative forms of social infrastructure to provide holistic community-based approaches to health.

Les Bailie

National Honorary Lead

Les Baillie is a Professor of Microbiology in the school of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of Cardiff university. In addition to exploring nature based solutions for antibiotic resistance he is also investigating the restorative impact of nature on mental health. There are two main projects, one in Abercynon where we are supporting a community garden he other is in Ystrad Mynach where we are working with hospital staff to create a space of nature and mental decompression.

Gary Walpole

National Honorary Lead

A strategic organization development practical academic with an outstanding record of conceptualizing and leading multi-partner, multi-million-pound projects. A proven track-record of designing, developing and delivering leadership, innovation and transformation programmes for public and private sector organizations. He is also a circular economy innovation expert.

Sian Evans

National Honorary Lead

Sian Evans is a senior public health professional with over 25 years’ experience working in different sectors of the NHS with a passion for primary care. She is a Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales and a registered pharmacist. She started life as a community pharmacist and since then has held a number of positions in Wales leading small teams and national pieces of work to influence the public health, NHS settings, medicines management, workforce development and healthcare professional agendas. For the last few years Sian has pursued her interest in climate change and is working across the system in Wales to enable others to take action to improve the planet.

Sara MacBride-Stewart

National Honorary Lead

Committed to Just Transitions and Environmental Justice, I am Reader at Cardiff University, and co-lead for the CU Planetary Health University Research Network. I research wellbeing derived from natural environments, human effects on these landscapes and the uneven impacts of mitigation policies on communities. I explore these issues as a matter of place-based and global concern. I have produced novel methodologies and citizen-created outputs in a range of environmental and health settings. My theoretical goal is the advancement of equalities at the heart of linked environmental and health actions.

Sarah Thorne

National Honorary Lead

With a longstanding career in Pharmacy, Sarah joined the public health team in Hywel Dda University Health Board where she became Wales first One Health Practitioner. This innovative role aims to ensure One Health is embedded within system-wide issues, incorporating climate and health action within wider policy and programmes of work, including COVID-19 recovery, biodiversity and sustainable development. Sarah focusses on bringing together partners from the human, animal and environmental sectors to work on issues that intersect these domains including the food system, education & innovation, threats from infectious diseases and the environmental & climate priorities contained in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

Bethan Griffiths

National Honorary Lead

Beth works as a GP in South Wales. She is an active member of Plant Based Health Professionals, and has completed the University of Winchester Plant-Based Nutrition Course. She is passionate about improving our current food system to lessen its impact on human health and across all nine planetary boundaries. Beth encourages collaborative working and welcomes correspondence on all things food.

Richard Boldero

National Honorary Lead

Richard has a wealth of experience from a career spanning over 25 years in pharmacy. He first practiced as a community pharmacist, before working for many years in various positions in the NHS, including a split academic role with Cardiff University. He currently provides expertise in medicines optimisation, data reporting and analytics, and sustainability, for the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre. He is the lead for several areas of national work in relation to inhalers, including the development of the ‘All Wales Strategy for Prescribing, Use and Disposal’, and the reporting on the carbon footprint of inhalers used across Wales.

Kate Holliman

National Honorary Lead

Dr Kate Holliman is a GP with a special interest in Lifestyle Medicine and sustainable healthcare. She obtained the diploma in Lifestyle Medicine in 2020, and applies this approach of supporting patients with making lifestyle changes in order to improve their health and well-being throughout her practice. Kate currently works as clinical lead for the Swansea Bay Long Covid Rehab Service alongside GP work. She is passionate about improving health care to make it better for patients and the planet, and feels that lifestyle medicine is the key to achieving this.

Chris Bailey

National Honorary Lead

An experienced renewable energy technologies and decarbonisation specialist based in Swansea. Chris is committed to driving sustainable solutions that benefit both the environment and our communities. Chris serves as a reliable source of insights on achieving net zero goals and offers practical guidance. His expertise spans solar power utilisation, energy storage optimisation, decarbonised heat, performance data and navigating the electric vehicle landscape. Particularly in the healthcare sector, Chris contributes to sustainable practices that promote well-being through enhancement of NHS Wales assets and infrastructure, but also in changing mindsets and ways of working. Chris champions local initiatives with global impact, empowering local expertise and services to provide solutions on their doorstep and beyond.

Dr Kathryn Speedy

National Honorary Lead

Dr Kathryn Speedy is a higher trainee in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, based in South Wales. Having always had a love and concern for the environment, in 2020 Kathryn successfully applied for an RCPsych Green Scholarship and joined the RCPsych Planetary Health and Sustainability Committees and EcoCAMHS groups. Kathryn joined Green Health Wales in 2021 and brought together the Greener Mental Health Wales network. An interest in medical education has led Kathryn to projects aiming to raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency amongst healthcare professionals and developing training and educational resources, and in 2022, Kathryn was successful in applying for a flexible portfolio training fellowship in sustainable healthcare at Health Education and Improvement Wales. Kathryn is the host of “Climate Smart Conversations”, an educational podcast about sustainable healthcare.

Flo King

National Honorary Lead

Flo graduated from Cardiff and has been working as a general dental practitioner. She led her practice through the Greener Primary Care Framework and was able to achieve Gold
Award for them. The team was also ‘Highly Commended in the Sustainable Business Award
category at the Dentistry 2023 Awards Final.’ She completed the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
training course in Sustainable Dentistry this year and has been putting it to good use by helping educate other practices in Cardiff by speaking at various CPD study evenings. She is an active
member of Green Health Wales and sits on the national steering group to inform on dental
sustainable healthcare.

Dr Stacey Harris

Clinical Lead

Stacey is a paediatrician and in 2021/2022 undertook a leadership fellowship in sustainable healthcare, her passions are in sustainable health and care leadership and education to protect the health of current and future generations.

Dr Gwenllian Rhys

Green Group Lead

Gwenllian is a doctor working in North Wales. Her work in sustainability started in October 2019 when she supported her colleagues to establish the Ysbyty Gwynedd Green Group in Bangor. After helping this group to deliver sustainable improvement at Ysbyty Gwynedd, she wanted to see Green Groups established across Wales, to share project ideas and accelerate sustainable change across the healthcare sector. She currently works as the Green Group lead for Green Health Wales and aim to facilitate these groups to connect with, and learn from each other, in order to spread successful sustainability projects across Welsh hospitals.

Dr Sarah Williams

Clinical Lead

Sarah co-founded Greener Practice Wales in 2020, a GP led network working towards sustainable healthcare. Sarah has become the first RCGP Climate and Sustainable Lead for RCGP Wales. She has contributed to multiple communities of practice across Wales working towards sustainable healthcare. She currently has a placement as one of the first employees for Green Health Wales the national organisation connecting, learning and transforming sustainable healthcare across the Welsh NHS. She has a keen passion for GP education having been a training programme director for Bristol school of GP, and a training programme director for the leadership and education programme in the South West Faculty. Though her main role is a mum of two young children and is determined to further sustainable healthcare acknowledging the climate crisis is a health crisis and much work is needed to secure a safer climate for future generations.

Dr Tom Downs

Global and Adaptation Lead

I am a Trainee GP in the Glamorgan Valleys. My interest in sustainable healthcare started when I was a medical student and did my medical elective in green social prescribing. As a newly qualified Doctor in 2019 I was part of the Bevan Commission Exemplar programme, this inspired me to think of sustainable healthcare with prudent healthcare principles. In
Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board I have worked on health adaptation to climate change and healthcare climate resilience. I am pleased to be working as the Global and Adaptation Lead for Green Health Wales and look forward to building our relationships with
international sustainable health networks to share learning and opportunities.

Dr Fiona Brennan

Clinical Lead

Dr Fiona Brennan has been a consultant anaesthetist in Cardiff & Vale University Health Board since 2013. Fiona is energised by working in non-traditional teams, whose vision lies in transforming healthcare towards a model which protects both the health of people and our planet. Fiona co-founded the Welsh anaesthetic green network in 2019, wrote the proposals for and has supervised the HEIW/CAVUHB/CSH leadership fellows in sustainable healthcare 2020 to 2023, and co-founded Green Health Wales in June 2021. Fiona is an advocate for collective, compassionate leadership.

Chloe Chettleburgh

Communications Lead

Chloe is a communications professional working with Green Health Wales and Cardiff and Vale UHB as part of Shaping Change, the improvement and innovation team. She’s worked in various settings; from global charities to sustainable fashion and most recently in East Africa working for a charity training, employing and empowering people with disabilities. She’s passionate about using her creative skills as a force for good.

Will Beharrell

National Honorary Lead

Will is a medical doctor specialising in psychiatry and the founder of The Fathom Trust, a charity promoting health and healing through craftsmanship, conservation and contemplation. He has extensive experience of community development overseas, notably in Afghanistan where he established a primary healthcare centre for the charity Turquoise Mountain. For Green Health Wales, his interest lies in creating innovative forms of social infrastructure to provide holistic community-based approaches to health.

Les Bailie

National Honorary Lead

Les Baillie is a Professor of Microbiology in the school of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences of Cardiff university. In addition to exploring nature based solutions for antibiotic resistance he is also investigating the restorative impact of nature on mental health. There are two main projects, one in Abercynon where we are supporting a community garden he other is in Ystrad Mynach where we are working with hospital staff to create a space of nature and mental decompression.

Gary Walpole

National Honorary Lead

A strategic organization development practical academic with an outstanding record of conceptualizing and leading multi-partner, multi-million-pound projects. A proven track-record of designing, developing and delivering leadership, innovation and transformation programmes for public and private sector organizations. He is also a circular economy innovation expert.

Sian Evans

National Honorary Lead

Sian Evans is a senior public health professional with over 25 years’ experience working in different sectors of the NHS with a passion for primary care. She is a Consultant in Public Health, Public Health Wales and a registered pharmacist. She started life as a community pharmacist and since then has held a number of positions in Wales leading small teams and national pieces of work to influence the public health, NHS settings, medicines management, workforce development and healthcare professional agendas. For the last few years Sian has pursued her interest in climate change and is working across the system in Wales to enable others to take action to improve the planet.

Sara MacBride-Stewart

National Honorary Lead

Committed to Just Transitions and Environmental Justice, I am Reader at Cardiff University, and co-lead for the CU Planetary Health University Research Network. I research wellbeing derived from natural environments, human effects on these landscapes and the uneven impacts of mitigation policies on communities. I explore these issues as a matter of place-based and global concern. I have produced novel methodologies and citizen-created outputs in a range of environmental and health settings. My theoretical goal is the advancement of equalities at the heart of linked environmental and health actions.

Sarah Thorne

National Honorary Lead

With a longstanding career in Pharmacy, Sarah joined the public health team in Hywel Dda University Health Board where she became Wales first One Health Practitioner. This innovative role aims to ensure One Health is embedded within system-wide issues, incorporating climate and health action within wider policy and programmes of work, including COVID-19 recovery, biodiversity and sustainable development. Sarah focusses on bringing together partners from the human, animal and environmental sectors to work on issues that intersect these domains including the food system, education & innovation, threats from infectious diseases and the environmental & climate priorities contained in the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act.

Bethan Griffiths

National Honorary Lead

Beth works as a GP in South Wales. She is an active member of Plant Based Health Professionals, and has completed the University of Winchester Plant-Based Nutrition Course. She is passionate about improving our current food system to lessen its impact on human health and across all nine planetary boundaries. Beth encourages collaborative working and welcomes correspondence on all things food.

Richard Boldero

National Honorary Lead

Richard has a wealth of experience from a career spanning over 25 years in pharmacy. He first practiced as a community pharmacist, before working for many years in various positions in the NHS, including a split academic role with Cardiff University. He currently provides expertise in medicines optimisation, data reporting and analytics, and sustainability, for the All Wales Therapeutics and Toxicology Centre. He is the lead for several areas of national work in relation to inhalers, including the development of the ‘All Wales Strategy for Prescribing, Use and Disposal’, and the reporting on the carbon footprint of inhalers used across Wales.

Kate Holliman

National Honorary Lead

Dr Kate Holliman is a GP with a special interest in Lifestyle Medicine and sustainable healthcare. She obtained the diploma in Lifestyle Medicine in 2020, and applies this approach of supporting patients with making lifestyle changes in order to improve their health and well-being throughout her practice. Kate currently works as clinical lead for the Swansea Bay Long Covid Rehab Service alongside GP work. She is passionate about improving health care to make it better for patients and the planet, and feels that lifestyle medicine is the key to achieving this.

Chris Bailey

National Honorary Lead

An experienced renewable energy technologies and decarbonisation specialist based in Swansea. Chris is committed to driving sustainable solutions that benefit both the environment and our communities. Chris serves as a reliable source of insights on achieving net zero goals and offers practical guidance. His expertise spans solar power utilisation, energy storage optimisation, decarbonised heat, performance data and navigating the electric vehicle landscape. Particularly in the healthcare sector, Chris contributes to sustainable practices that promote well-being through enhancement of NHS Wales assets and infrastructure, but also in changing mindsets and ways of working. Chris champions local initiatives with global impact, empowering local expertise and services to provide solutions on their doorstep and beyond.

Dr Kathryn Speedy

National Honorary Lead

Dr Kathryn Speedy is a higher trainee in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, based in South Wales. Having always had a love and concern for the environment, in 2020 Kathryn successfully applied for an RCPsych Green Scholarship and joined the RCPsych Planetary Health and Sustainability Committees and EcoCAMHS groups. Kathryn joined Green Health Wales in 2021 and brought together the Greener Mental Health Wales network. An interest in medical education has led Kathryn to projects aiming to raise awareness of the climate and ecological emergency amongst healthcare professionals and developing training and educational resources, and in 2022, Kathryn was successful in applying for a flexible portfolio training fellowship in sustainable healthcare at Health Education and Improvement Wales. Kathryn is the host of “Climate Smart Conversations”, an educational podcast about sustainable healthcare.

Flo King

National Honorary Lead

Flo graduated from Cardiff and has been working as a general dental practitioner. She led her practice through the Greener Primary Care Framework and was able to achieve Gold
Award for them. The team was also ‘Highly Commended in the Sustainable Business Award
category at the Dentistry 2023 Awards Final.’ She completed the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
training course in Sustainable Dentistry this year and has been putting it to good use by helping educate other practices in Cardiff by speaking at various CPD study evenings. She is an active
member of Green Health Wales and sits on the national steering group to inform on dental
sustainable healthcare.

We are facing irreversible damage to the planet if we don't act now

1 mil

tonnes of CO2, NHS Wales Carbon Footprint

2.6%

of Wales’s total greenhouse gas emissions

The Climate Emergency is a public health emergency, but the healthcare sector itself currently contributes to the problem.

It is essential that health and care professionals and providers are both educated about climate change as a health risk, and also take the necessary action to reduce our contribution to climate change and environmental damage.

The conversation concerning climate change and health has changed from being called the ‘greatest global health threat’ to the ‘greatest global health opportunity’ in recent years because of the health co-benefits of taking climate action. Safeguarding the health of future generations depends on commitment to sustainable healthcare today.

Sustainable healthcare is not just about decarbonisation and reducing carbon emissions, but also addressing other waste streams such as water and air pollution which contribute to poor health. It considers how to deliver quality healthcare today, without compromising health in the future. Climate-smart healthcare also challenges us to safeguard against environmental risks that could impact our ability to provide safe and effective healthcare for our patients of today and the future.

(Statistics from NHS Decarbonisation Strategic Plan)

How are we going to make the difference?

01.

Long term

Investment in addressing long-term strategy now is crucial in order to continue delivering climate-smart health and care in the future. Priorities across organisations in Wales need to consider not just the current climate risks, but how we can adapt to evolving risks in the future and how they could impact the environment, society and the physical health of patients.

02.

Integration

In order to make sustainability part of the norm it’s important that it is integrated into legislation, decision-making, training, plans and regulations. We want to see sustainable value become a key part of the system all the way from training to the wider improvement efforts happening at the highest level across the country.

03.

Involvement

Whether you’re a doctor, patient, project manager, or nurse, our aim is to provide ways for everyone to get involved. We facilitate involvement of health workers in shaping the future direction and governance and organisational structure of the Green Health Wales network.

04.

Collaboration

By working together with patients and the general public, we can shape healthcare to focus on delivering a service that is built on the needs of the very people using it. We want to encourage and equip the health care sector to focus on their community’s needs and partner with groups and individuals to bring about change that always considers the environmental impact.

05.

Prevention

The impacts of climate change are visible, not just across the world, but right here in Wales. We are reaching an irreversible turning point. We want to prevent further damage to the environment and that’s where everyone can play their part in reducing the impact of carbon emissions on the environment. Let’s make sure that we have a sustainable healthcare system as well as a healthy planet.

Green Health Wales: Our Story

We are a team of passionate individuals, clinicians, doctors and more, who want to see health and care transform for the benefit of people and planet.

Areas of work

01.

Advocacy

We recognise that the climate emergency is a health emergency and that there are huge co benefits to health through climate action. We advocate for protecting the health of generations now and in the future. We are advocating for change at all levels across many organisation in Wales and beyond.

02.

Education and communication of health effects on climate emergency

Members of our community are leading the way with health and care education across Wales in many forms, developing bespoke e-learning options, collecting and sharing resources for learning about sustainable health and care as well as delivering face to face and virtual webinars and conferences on the broad and evolving education for sustainable healthcare.

03.

Communities of practice

We are developing communities of practice both in the form of location based green groups as well as speciality or interest communities of practice to catalyse action for transforming our health and care services to be more sustainable and to learn together.

04.

Industry healthcare partnerships

We realise that to change our health and care services to be more sustainable this requires partnerships with the industries which supply our services. We are open to transparent dialogue.

05.

Policy strategy support/advisory

Our members are advising on policy and strategy across the health and care sector.

06.

Cross-Silo Convening

Health and care leadership requires across boundary leadership and action like we have not seen before. We have historically been politically and financially siloed, this makes change more difficult and this needs to change for greater collaboration.

Frequently asked questions

How can you get involved and support us?

You can get involved by joining or founding your local Green group or by joining or founding a speciality group or community of practice.

You can suggest some learning content on the learn page and choose to learn about sustainable health and care by selecting a learning resource which interests you.

You can tell us a story about how you have been involved with the Green Health Wales network.

You can let us know about a sustainability project you have been involved with or you can browse the projects or national programmes of work and get involved with one by getting in touch with the designated contact.

What have we done already to make a change?

We have a Green group in every healthboard in Wales, we have hosted two national conferences which were attended by a whole range of enthusiastic people who work in health and care in Wales and beyond.

See the transform section for a whole host of projects which are going on from within the network.

When did Green Health Wales start?

Green Health Wales was launched in June 2021 with an inaugural conference.
To find out more see our Green Health Wales story.

Discover more about our impact

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