September, 2021

202116Sep9:00 AM11:30 AMNHS Ocean Virtual Launch9:00 AM - 11:30 AM ADT Organizer: College of Medicine and Health and NHS Ocean Region:OnlineTopic:Ecosystem,Educational,Environment,Healthcare,Marine,Science,TechnologyCost:No CostConfidence:High TagsFree,online,Registration,Weekday


Jointly hosted by the College of Medicine and Health and NHS Ocean

About this event

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Date: Thursday 16 September 2021

Time: 13:00 – 15:30

Location: An online event

Although tickets have now sold out, we will be live streaming the event on YouTube here.

This means that you can watch the launch event, minus the short breakout sessions (14:40 – 15:05). If you would still like to participate in the breakout sessions, please sign up to the waiting list in case places become available


NHS Ocean aims to conserve and protect coastal and marine ecosystems through minimising harm resulting from the procurement and delivery of healthcare whilst increasing awareness of the benefits to human health and wellbeing from healthy seas, coasts, and waterways.

We will do this through advancing the education of healthcare and public health professionals and the public on the interdependence between human and oceanic health and collaboration, encouraging engagement with research institutions, environmental organisations, and communities.

Join the NHS Ocean Launch event, jointly delivered by NHS Ocean and the College of Medicine and Health, to learn about the impacts of the healthcare sector on both the ocean and human health. Hear first-hand accounts from individuals and communities involved in positive action to help conserve and enjoy the health and wellbeing benefits and sustainable interactions with the Ocean. Engage with others in NHS Ocean to enable positive and sustainable change.


The programme for the conference can be found on the following web page.


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Professor Lora Fleming, Director of the European Centre; Chair of Oceans, Epidemiology and Human HealthProfessor Lora E Fleming is a physician and epidemiologist with expertise in the environment and human health; she is based at the European Centre for Environment and Human Health (University of Exeter Medical School).

Professor Fleming is involved in research, training and policy activities in the new transdisciplinary area within Planetary Health of Ocean and Human Health. She has received the Ocean and Human Awards from the Edouard Delcroix Foundation (2014) and the IOC Bruun Award (2015).

Professor Fleming is leading the H2020 funded projects; BlueHealth, to explore the connections between blue environments and human health; and Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE), to establish a network and create a strategic research agenda for Ocean and Human Health in Europe and beyond.

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Dr Richard Hixon, Consultant in Critical Care; NHS Clinical Entrepreneur; Co-founder NHS OceanDr Richard Hixson has been a Consultant in Critical Care since 2001 and past Deputy Medical Director leading on major projects such as the Acute Intervention Team, Local Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures and Learning from Excellence.

He is the Trust’s Clinical Lead for Sustainability representing my organisation on the Northeast ‘ICS’ Group, am a Trustee of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, member of the HEENE Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare Education, member of NHS England’s Sustainable Procurement Forum and a healthcare sustainability advisor to Durham County Council.

He co-founded the NHS Ocean as his main interest was Global Goal 14, Life Below Water and how anthropogenic activities including healthcare procurement and container shipping adversely affected the marine environment. Richard’s goal is to ensure oceans, coasts and inland waterways are never forgotten in our NHS net zero planning and ensure we extend the ethos of first, do no harm from patient to planet.

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Dr Georgie Sowman, General Practitioner; PHE Physical Activity Champion; Co-founder NHS Ocean.

Dr Georgie Sowman is a GP in the North East and PHE Physical Activity Clinical Champion for North East England.  She is the  RCGP NE Faculty Sustainability lead, and a member of the RCGP Climate and Ecological advisory group.

She is a member of HENEE Faculty of sustainability and represents General Practice on the NE Sustainability ICS. She has an interest in Planetary Health and integrating sustainable clinical care into everyday practice.

Georgie is the co-founder of NHS Ocean whose aim is to ensure that Healthcare impact on Oceanic Health is not forgotten, whilst advocating the benefits of healthy blue spaces and waterways to human health – in particular to those with the least equal access to health.


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Thursday, September 16 - 9:00am 2021 - Thursday, September 16 - 11:30am 2021


College of Medicine and Health and NHS Ocean

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