WM Pharmacy – Environmental Sustainability Network

20 July 2023-
20 July 2023
13:00 – 14:00

Medicines contribute to 25% of the NHS carbon footprint and can have other environmental impacts including waterway pollution. This Community of Practice will be developed as a safe space to connect and network with other likeminded professionals from across the West Midlands to discuss medicines related environmental sustainability topics. We will seek to share, contribute learning and best practice to improve the considerable impact medicines have on the environment.


  • Introductions
  • Main discussion
  • Discussion forum and sharing of members improvement projects.
  • Close of session

Speakers: The UK Electronic Patient Information Task Force

Discover more about how the United Kingdom is working to create user-centered, digital-first medicines information that is inclusive and accessible for all, better for patients and the environment.

At present, patient information is included in physical form with every pack of medicine. But there is good evidence to indicate that patients do not find this a good way of understanding the medicines they are asked to take.

As well as putting health outcomes at risk, printed leaflets have a huge environmental cost.

If printed leaflets are not doing their job effectively, then we are wasting 100bn leaflets a year, which amounts to 595,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent[i].

Find out more about this exciting area and what the future of medicines information may look like.

This community of practice will:

  • Provide a supportive environment to hear from and connect with other likeminded professionals from across the West Midlands to discuss medicines related environmental sustainability topics.
  • Provide a virtual platform for collaboration; to share challenges, successes, and resources to help pharmacy teams contribute to NHS Net Zero Targets and improve the environmental impact of medicines use.

Who should attend?

Pharmacy team members (Pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other pharmacy team members) with an environmental sustainability interest including

  • Primary care pharmacy team members
  • Care home pharmacy team members
  • Community pharmacy team members
  • Secondary care pharmacy team members

We would welcome representation from across the many specialist areas of pharmacy in order to share best practice for example renal, respiratory, stores, procurement, aseptic services, surgery and theatres.

Accessing the Session:

You will receive joining instructions 1-2 days before the event. If you do not receive these, please contact laura.mould@wmahsn.org.

Please forward this invite to any colleagues who would be interested in attending the event. Alternatively, if you are unable to attend this event but would like to receive notification about future meetings, please email anna.edwards@wmahsn.org.

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