Help us decide the most important topics to research to make operations greener

Did you know that healthcare is responsible for around 5% of the UK’s carbon footprint?

Are you a healthcare professional involved in peri-operative care, a member of the public committed to making healthcare more environmentally friendly, or a patient or carer with lived experience of the time before, during or after an operation?

The NHS must play its part in addressing the climate emergency, and has committed to ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2040. Achieving this will require research and innovation. Operations are amongst the most resource-intensive healthcare interventions; each operating theatre creates around 2 tonnes of waste per year, and a single operation can generate a ‘carbon footprint’ equivalent to driving over 2,000 miles.

Who are we?

We are a group of patients, healthcare professionals and public representatives who want to define the top research priorities to make the care delivered during and around the time of surgery (peri-operative practice) more environmentally sustainable. Sustainability can be broadly defined as being able to meet the needs of the current generation whilst not compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

This work is a collaboration between the Manchester Foundation Trust Charity and the James Lind Alliance, a non-profit making initiative which aims to bring patients, carers and clinicians together to identify unanswered research questions.

Why do we need your help?

We want your views to guide future research and for you to have a voice in shaping advances in technology, innovation and service delivery.

In a previous survey, we asked healthcare professionals, patients, their carers and members of the public to tell us what questions they felt needed to be answered by research. This process led to the creation of a list of 60 important questions. We would now like your help in determining which of these matters most, by selecting up to 10 of them that you feel are the most important to you.

What will we do with your survey results?

We will collate your responses with everyone else's. We will then take the 20 questions selected most often in this survey forward into a workshop, where the Top 10 priorities for research will be decided. This workshop will include patients, carers/relatives, healthcare professionals, and interested members of the public.

You will not be asked for your name when you complete this questionnaire and results will therefore be anonymous. General data protection regulations will be followed.

Would you like to be a part of the Top 10 Workshop?

We are looking for people who are keen to help decide the Top 10 priorities for research into how to make operations greener. If you would like to attend the workshop in London on 15th June 2022 (travel expenses will be covered), details on how will be provided at the end of the survey.

For further information, and regular updates on our progress, please follow us on Twitter @SusPeriOpPSP