Alexandra Hammond, Essentia’s Associate Director of Sustainability will take part in a live online Q&A on the benefits of the circular economy – reducing waste and closing resource loops. The debate will be hosted on the Guardian circular economy section from 1-2pm on 3 February.
Joining as an expert panellist, Alexandra will offer her knowledge and opinions on the chosen topic, How can the circular economy work in the healthcare sector? Questions and themes to be explored include:
- What is the role of public sector procurement?
- Is there a stigma associated with remanufactured hospital machinery?
- Are the systems in place for returning equipment like crutches and wheelchairs working?
- Healthcare equipment used for home care (like stairlifts) is often only used for a short amount of time. Are there signs that manufacturers of these products are moving to a lease rather than ownership business model?
- How can technology facilitate a sharing economy within healthcare?
- Is there waste within the healthcare sector that is simply impossible to close? For example disposable needles and medicines prescribed but unused?
I’m very much looking forward to a lively debate and discussion about our experiences in deriving real value from waste that formerly represented a cost to Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. These are lessons that can be applied across the healthcare sector to deliver big cost and environmental savings.
Alexandra Hammond, Associate Director, Sustainability
To see the live discussion or to take part from 1-2pm on Wednesday 3 February, please click here
How can the circular economy work in the healthcare sector? – live chat