MEET THE TEAM

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Jonny Groome

Co-Founder

Anaesthetic Registrar - London

I have a passion for combating climate change and am a strong believer that we need to mobilise, organise, lobby and innovate in order to combat it. I am  frustrated about the fact that our profession plays a significant role in contributing to global warming and waste. I feel that as advocates for good health we should lead by example in protecting the planet from the catastrophic health issue that is climate change.

Nat Duke

Lead for the South Coast

Anaesthesic Registrar - Sussex

The science is unequivocal – we have a very short amount of time to act to prevent catastrophic climate breakdown, so we all need to stand up and make a difference where we can. The NHS has ambitious targets in place for CO2 reduction, but currently no working plan to achieve them. We need to change that.

Sudeshna Patra

Consultant Eye Surgeon and Clinical Network Director for Ophthalmology, Barts Health NHS Trust

I am passionate about protecting the environment and at home I regularly recycle my rubbish, compost my kitchen waste and reuse plastics. I love gardening and believe that plants, with their infinite ability to purify the air, will save the earth. WALL-E is one of my favourite movies! Having successfully participated in the Green Ward competition I have experienced the epiphany that that sustainable healthcare is the future.

Luke Mills

ACCS Core Trainee: Salford Royal Hospital

I'm joining GASP to create positive change to the way we treat our environment. It's easy to feel that because our job is to help people, we are doing our bit. However there are so many opportunities to reduce our contribution to climate change at work that we need to take responsibility to explore them. 

Rishi Patel

Anaesthetic Trainee - North East London

Healthcare systems in the UK are not placing enough emphasis on sustainability and global warming. As doctors, I believe we have a duty not only to provide healthcare in the acute settings but also to protect the health of our future generations. In the coming years I hope to see projects like ones run by GASP become common place in healthcare.

Jonny Sadler

Teaching Fellow at Brighton and Sussex Medical School

Sustainability in healthcare is the elephant in the room that we need to be talking about. Although curriculums are full and people are set in their ways, finding time to address these issues are essential to the modernising of medical practice. I am interested in finding the easy ways to make the biggest difference.

Arez Mohamed

Anaesthetic Core Trainee - North East London

Climate change has become one of the biggest contemporary issues, with healthcare being a major contributor. I believe care can be extended from patients to the environment in a synergistic way. Through GASP I hope to help make changes which go on to leave a bigger positive ecological footprint.

George Francke

Anaesthetic Trainee - North East London

As anaesthetists we have an additional responsibility to minimise our impact on the planet. By getting involved with GASP I want to help bring about lasting change in our NHS. I'm also hoping to take advantage of how much we move around as trainees and spread the word in every hospital I work in.

Amy Holman

Paediatric Trainee- North East and Central London

I am passionate about global child health as climate change disproportionately negatively impacts children’s  health all over the world, from natural disasters to air pollution here in the UK. We are all acutely aware of climate change and most of us are making changes in our personal lives, but in the same way; at work every small change matters and we need to start now. It is our responsibility to children and young people to speak up and act, both for their health and to pave the way as the future of the planet will be in their hands!

Annie Pinder

Anaesthetic Trainee – North West School of Anaesthesia

I believe reducing our carbon footprint is everyone’s responsibility both at home and at work. As an anaesthetist I think there are so many opportunities to improve our sustainability as well as to influence and educate others to improve theirs.

I am excited by the opportunity GASP presents to collaborate with others, to share ideas and knowledge, to improve sustainability in healthcare.

Gillian Lever

ACCS Core Trainee, Yorkshire and The Humber 

As a society and planet, we have reached a critical point where if we do not make changes now, we will cause irreversible environmental damage. We all have a responsibility to look after the Earth. Healthcare is a huge contributor towards the climate crisis due to the amount and type of waste it produces. I am excited to be involved with GASP to try and help reduce waste, increase recycling and make the NHS a greener organisation.

Amy Greengrass

Anaesthetic Consultant - Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital

I am growing increasingly concerned with the direction in which our planet is heading. I’ve made lots of changes to my home life but I believe the biggest contribution I can make is helping my trust on the journey to become Net Zero. As a paediatric anaesthetist and a mother of three young children I spend lots of my time with kids and I want them to grow up inheriting a planet which their parents have made every effort to heal. 

Harshil Patel

Anaesthetic Trainee – West Yorkshire Deanery

Climate change is a huge problem with far-reaching impacts and there simply isn't a Planet B. We all have an impact on the environment, in both our personal and professional lives and I believe sustainability is everyone's responsibility. Healthcare is a huge contributor to environmental waste, particularly within anaesthesia. I want to contribute to making changes to our work and practice that reduces unnecessary waste and harm.  I look forward to working with the GASP Anaesthesia team and learning from all the great work people are doing to make the provision of healthcare greener and more sustainable.

Amy Gribble

Social Media Lead

Anaesthetic Trainee - Ipswich

Before studying medicine I worked as a geo-environmental consultant.  The irony of entering into healthcare and contributing to the carbon footprint, water use and greenhouse gas emissions has not been lost on me. Therefore, I would like to sustainably address the environmental impact posed by my contribution to healthcare, and I would also like to encourage colleagues to participate so that we can make a real difference together.

Manish Ravel

Consultant Anaesthetist - Moorfields Eye Hospital

I want to contribute to making changes to our work practices that reduce unnecessary waste & harm to our environment.  I want these to be achievable but meaningful such that we can motivate everyone to come together and participate.

Jacob Krzanowski

Psychiatry Registrar (London) and Associate for the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

Jacob is a London based registrar in Psychiatry working on introducing sustainable practice into mental health care through his role as a Royal College of Psychiatry Sustainability Committee Member and associate for the Centre for Sustainable Health Care. Jacob has a wide-ranging teaching background and continue to work at the Institute of Psychiatry and Psychology and Neuroscience as a guest teacher.

Jonathon Wong

Anaesthetic Trainee - Central School of Anaesthesia

Having practised Anaesthesia both in the UK and in New Zealand I have seen how much we contribute to the global carbon footprint. It was out in New Zealand where I saw how far ahead they were with their policies and actions to reduce, reuse and recycle within the healthcare industry to achieve sustainable healthcare. I am trying to bring back just a little bit of their enthusiasm for sustainable anaesthesia as change needs to come from each of us for it to work.

Jess Davies - TRA2SH Co-Founder

Anaesthetic Registrar -Darwin, Australia

I believe we must act now, together, to change behaviours that contribute to climate change and waste production as well as the systems that those behaviours are normalised within. Healthcare is an essential service but now we have both the ability and the responsibility to curb climate change and waste production from healthcare. Sophia Grobler and I started a sustainability research network for Australian and New Zealand trainees called TRA2SH and we are excited to work together towards a healthy future.

Hannah Lewis

Anaesthetic Registrar - Barts and the London School of Anaesthesia

We all know it, there is no ‘Planet B’. It’s super cliche but it is a reality; climate change is the biggest public health risk of today’s society. I like to think we are all generally good people, and yet unfortunately we are all also culpable, on some level or another. When we go into Medicine we do so to care for people, we therefore have a responsibility to make sure we also care for our future generations, starting with the platform on which we all live - earth! We simply cannot afford to ignore it; let’s all make changes large and small from right now and actually make a difference.

Jack Massingham

Medical Student - University of East Anglia

I have been inspired to get involved with GASP at this early stage of my medical career as addressing the Climate Crisis cannot be delayed. I am enthusiastic about finding innovative solutions, spreading awareness, and most importantly nurturing an inclusive and collaborative approach. I firmly believe everyone within the hospital should have the freedom to make a sustainable choice, and so one of my ambitions is for hospitals to better provision for plant-based diets. 

Hannah Smith

Anaesthetic Registrar - North East London

We all have an impact both personally and professionally, as a collective and as individuals. It's easy to lose sight of this especially within a busy work place. We can improve this. Changes need to be made at work which are achievable and sustainable, to help us look after this lovely planet and all its inhabitants. GASP with is outlook and projects aims to do to this.

Eleanor Damm

Trainee in ICM & Anaesthesia - West Midlands

The climate crisis is a health crisis; it is also a question of survival. The NHS not only accounts for 4-5% of England’s carbon footprint, it is also the country's largest employer. 

As a medical professional we have a huge privilege – we have the public's trust, and as such can make and influence changes not only within, but also beyond our profession.

GASP is a platform to make these necessary changes within the healthcare system quicker and more efficient. 

I believe that environmental sustainability is this generation greatest challenge – let’s keep going."

Pavan Raju

Consultant Anaesthetist, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, NHS Tayside

In Anaesthesia, we teach, promote and practice plan A, B, C and more. However, there is no PLANet B and that means one thing - ACT NOW as Climate change is a health emergency. I am passionate about sustainability and health care which inspired and motivated me to tackle waste management and anaesthetic contribution to greenhouse gases locally. I believe raising awareness and education are key in making a positive change and obtaining data through research and quality improvement feeds into that. Looking forward to collaborate and work together towards reducing health care carbon foot print.

Saqib Naji

Anaesthetic Registrar - The Royal Free Hospital

It’s staggering how many single use items we use in medicine, particularly in theatres. As anaesthetists we should take the lead when trying to reduce the amount of waste we produce in hospitals. I believe that small tweaks to daily practice can yield large scale reductions in the amount of waste we produce, plastic we use and contribution to global warming. These procedural changes require a strong evidence base and a robust education programme to enable these changes to happen, and I would like to be at the forefront of what I think is the next ‘big thing’ in anaesthesia - developing environmentally sustainable anaesthetic practices. 

Isabelle Kamenou

Anaesthetic Trainee – North West London

I am passionate about sustainability in healthcare and working towards a low carbon NHS. Our climate is changing rapidly and irreversibly and it’s our responsibility as individuals and professionals to tackle this, by making responsible decisions and promoting awareness. Change in the healthcare industry is challenging, but through GASP I hope to inspire improvements that lead to sustainability.

Scott Mabbutt

Obstetrics & Gynaecology Trainee - Leicester

The impact of the Climate Emergency on healthcare cannot be understated. We have a trusted, privileged position in society as doctors to be people who advocate for policies that fight climate change. I feel that all healthcare improvement activities need to be undertaken through the lens of sustainability as the task facing humanity is this big.

Natasha Palipane

Education Lead

MSc Student in Public Health - London

Sustainability is everyone’s responsibility. It is not nature that we are trying to save, it is our ecology, without which we are nothing. I am  thrilled to join this collaborative effort in advocating and acting to mitigate this significant public health emergency. If you are interested in GASP coming to teach at your institution please email us at gaspanaesthesia@gmail.com.

Tom Plant

Paediatric and Obstetric Anaesthetic Practitioner - The Royal London Hospital

In our increasingly polluted and overpopulated planet I feel it’s imperative that we take action to try and improve the world we live in and the what we leave for future generations.
The amount of waste the NHS produces a year is staggering and with a few small changes and a better awareness I believe we can drastically improve how we use anaesthetic equipment and how we dispose of it.
I want to educate staff on simple ways we can cut unnecessary waste and improve the amount we recycle, and in the process, save money and save the planet.

Ana Mirallave

Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist at Queen’s Hospital

I recently started living a vegan zero/low waste lifestyle which implies sending little to no trash to landfill. At the workplace, this can be quite hard to achieve as our electrodes usually come with tonnes of plastic packaging which is mostly not recyclable by today’s standards. I am closely working with our suppliers such as Unimed to give them alternatives to reduce waste such as using paper packaging instead of plastic which is both compostable and recyclable and packaging electrodes in groups rather than single units. What I have learned is that change starts in you and that talking to manufacturers usually brings good outcomes!

Lorna Gallagher

Consultant Anaesthetist - Moorfields Eye Hospital

We all have a responsibility to protect our environment. We, as clinicians, are in a privileged position to be able to influence change in our hospitals, and have a moral obligation to do so. My children know how to recycle at home and school, and feel passionately about it. There is no reason we cannot do the same at work, but we need to make it easy and meaningful for everyone so it becomes second nature to us all.

Alex Bevan - Events Lead

Anaesthetic Trainee - North East London

We all know it, there is no ‘Planet B’. It’s super cliche but it is a reality; climate change is the biggest public health risk of today’s society. I like to think we are all generally good people, and yet unfortunately we are all also culpable, on some level or another. When we go into Medicine we do so to care for people, we therefore have a responsibility to make sure we also care for our future generations, starting with the platform on which we all live - earth! We simply cannot afford to ignore it; let’s all make changes large and small from right now and actually make a difference.

Felix Chamberlain

Environment Manager at Network Rail

In order to become sustainable, we need to understand our impact on the limits of our planet. I studied in Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of Bristol to gain this understanding, wanting to spread the application of sustainability across various industries. I am honoured to be a part of such a forward thinking team as GASP. Having met Jonny through a friend, it was clear this is another area which needs immediate attention and it is evident through meeting the team there is the appetite to meet it. I aim to offer my expertise to support this enthusiastic team through their transformation into a more sustainable practice.

James Hockridge

Anaesthetic Trainee - North East London

Anaesthesia is arguably the most polluting medical specialty, yet despite good intentions many healthcare professionals are unaware of the impact of their practice. I’m thrilled to help GASP in their mission to make provision of healthcare greener and more sustainable.

Neil Allen

Waste & Environment Manager - ‎Barts Health NHS Trust

Neil has been with GASP since we undertook our first project on PVC recycling in 2018. The amount we have learnt from Neil over the last two years has been vast. His work in sustainability has been well recognised with his department going on to win multiple awards including the HSJ award two years in a row. If you have any questions about waste managment, Neil is your man!

Maiti Raju

Paediatric Trainee- North East and Central London

As paediatricians, we whole-heartedly dedicate our professional lives to ensuring that children have the best possible start to life. It is equally our responsibility to safeguard the future that we are facilitating for them, ensuring that is sustainable and kind to the planet. I’m excited to be a part of GASP, look forward to learning from those who are equally passionate about climate awareness, and hope to play an active role in realizing this collective goal!

Andrew Wilkinson

Locum Consultant Anaesthetist, Homerton University Hospital 

'The time for change is now, as anaesthetists we have to held accountable for our involvement in carbon emissions. The importance we correctly emphasise on patient safety should be equally applied to sustainability. 

 

I believe we can achieve this together. With GASP I look forward to talking about it, raising awareness and building a greener more sustainable NHS.' 

Abbi Forsyth

SAS Anaesthetist - Chesterfield Royal Hospital

As a long-term lover of the great outdoors I have become all too aware of the impact of climate change over the past few years and the impact this is having on our natural environment. I am therefore keen to promote sustainable work practices and ensure we play our own individual parts in promoting and protecting our natural environment. As anaesthetists we are in a privileged position to be able to make a demonstratable difference by making small changes to our work practice, all we need now is to act as a collaborative voice in promoting this to the wider workforce, working with GASP should allow this to happen.

Tom Bottomley

Anaesthetic Trainee – North Central Thames

It’s clear that time is running out before we cause irreparable damage to our environment, and healthcare is a major contributor to the situation. However, small changes to our practice can have big impacts and there is still time to make changes to try to slow and reverse this damage. As trainees, we are in the unique position to rotate around different trusts and instigate change whilst inspiring others to do the same.  

Josie Robertson

Anaesthetic Trainee - South-East Scotland

Training in anaesthetics has driven home how far we are from a sustainable healthcare system
and highlighted the significant contribution of anaesthesia and surgery to the carbon footprint of the
NHS. With the increasing urgency of the climate crisis, it is more important than ever that people
come together to tackle these challenges and generate innovative, sustainable solutions to benefit
generations to come. GASP is a great network to spread recognition of the problems and develop
changes in practice, taking us closer to our net-zero goal.