Can you help us decide the big questions on how 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? Can you spare five to fifteen minutes to help us decide the big questions about how to make operations greener?

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 are asking:
  • patients
  • their carers/relatives
  • members of the public
  • healthcare professionals
about the questions they feel need answering the most, in order to make care during and around the time of surgery greener, without compromising patient safety or care quality. We want your views to guide future research and for you to have a voice in shaping advances in technology, innovation and service delivery.

What will we do with your survey results?

We will collate your response with everyone else's. We then work with patients, their relatives/carers, healthcare professionals and the public to decide which of these they think are the most important research priorities. This will enable researchers and those who fund research to know which questions are considered the most important to be answered. 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.

Want to contact us?

If you would like to take part in this project or want further information, please email: or

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