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P123 Sustainability in Dentistry and Healthcare

Speakers: John Prendergast Ian Mills FFGDP(UK) Abhi Pal FCGDent Rose Gallagher MBE Alexis Percival Brett DuaneDr Jimmy Walker

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Webinar Details

This webinar will look at sustainability in dentistry and healthcare.


Sustainability needs to be considered as a key aspect in all our clinical and decontamination units. There are many challenges to dealing with delivering sustainability in healthcare and dental practices from disposable single use items that could be reusable to the efficacy of decontamination and reuse on site.  The current disposal of items across our industries is not sustainable and we need to change our practices to ensure that reuse and reduce are the principles to reduce waste. Yet, there are other considerations including infection control, the ongoing risk to patients as well procurement and transport to and from our places of work. Questions that we face include: what does sustainability mean to those working in the NHS? Is reusable PPE fit for purpose and value for money?  How do we integrate sustainability into the patient’s pathway?

Speakers: Rose Gallagher MBE, Brett Duane, Alexis Percival

Panel Discussion: John Prendergast, Jimmy Walker, Abhi Pal, Ian Mills

Learning Outcomes


  • To investigate the effect of healthcare on climate change and how nurses can adopt more sustainable nursing practices
  • To examine how improving sustainability through reusable PPE can reduce the pressure and costs on the NHS and improve the planet
  • To consider how embedding sustainability within a dental practice can support and advocate change in dentistry


On completion of this webinar delegates will understand the issues around sustainability in dentistry and healthcare.

The Speakers

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John Prendergast

Senior Decontamination Engineer at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership/Specialist Estates Services

John works as Senior Decontamination Engineer at NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership/Specialist Estates Services. John manages the team where the role is defined to provide technical advice, validation services and promote and develop guidance. John works closely with multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals within Wales to promote standards for the decontamination of medical devices. The work entails liaising with similarly qualified professionals across the UK.

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Ian Mills FFGDP(UK)

Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK)

Ian Mills is currently Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) and a Trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and the College of General Dentistry. He is a partner in an 8-surgery mixed practice in North Devon and is an honorary Associate Professor in General Dental Practice at Peninsula Dental School.     

Ian has represented the profession on various local and national committees, including the BDA General Dental Practice Committee, Devon Local Dental Committee and CQC Dental Steering Group. During the COVID pandemic, Ian has been actively involved in various national stakeholder groups supporting the response of the dental profession and is currently member of FGDP(UK) COVID Guideline Group and the SDCEP AGP Rapid Review Group.

In addition to his clinical practice, Ian is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate education, and is actively involved in primary care-based research with a particular interest in person-centred care, patient reported outcome measures and environmental sustainability.

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Abhi Pal FCGDent

Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP) and President of the College of General Dentistry (CGDent)

Dean of the Faculty of General Dental Practice UK (FGDP), and first elected President of the College of General Dentistry.

Dr Pal qualified in 1987 with honours and distinction from Guy’s Hospital, London, and has worked in general dental practice ever since, joining The University Dental and Implant Centre, a mixed NHS and private practice in Edgbaston of which he is Principal, in 1991.

With special interests in dental implantology and restorative dentistry, Dr Pal is Editor of FGDP's Training standards in implant dentistry, for which he is currently leading the development of mentoring requirements.

He joined FGDP in 1997, becoming active in its West Midlands division as a tutor and examiner for the MJDF, and later being awarded the Diploma of Fellowship. He was elected to represent the region on the National Faculty Board in 2014, was re-elected in 2017 and 2020, and is Chair of the FGDP Professional Affairs Committee.

He has also previously served the Faculty as Chair of both the Education and Finance Committees, as Junior Vice-Dean (2016-17) and Senior Vice-Dean (2019-20), and as its representative on the Health Education England dental advisory group and NHS England clinical reference group on record-keeping standards.

He is one of the authors of the FGDP-CGDent guidance, Implications of COVID-19 for the safe management of general dental practice, and has played a leading role in developing the Faculty's international relationships.

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Rose Gallagher MBE

Professional Lead Infection Prevention and Control at Royal College of Nursing

Rose provides strategic leadership and specialist professional advice to the Royal College, its members and key stakeholders across the UK on Infection Prevention and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the implications for Nurses and Nursing.  Her portfolio also includes sustainability and she leads the College’s professional nursing activity on this. She has successfully led the RCN Glove Awareness Week and Small Changes Big Differences campaign focusing on procurement and use of consumables to influence sustainability in health and care settings.  Rose is scientific advisor to the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) on antimicrobial resistance and a member of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change Executive Committee.

Rose was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 90th Birthdays Honours list for services to Infection Prevention and Control in her role at the Royal College.

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Alexis Percival

Environmental and Sustainability Manager, Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust

Alexis Percival is the Environmental and Sustainability Manager for Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust based in Yorkshire, UK.  She started as the first Sustainability Manager for an ambulance service in the country in 2009.  Her role is challenging as she works to slash the carbon footprint of the blue light ambulance service through innovative technologies in the estates and fleet as well as working with her procurement department to decrease emissions through buying choices.  She is in charge of the carbon management and reduction programme implementing awareness schemes, rolling out a carbon champion scheme and installing innovative low carbon technologies across the estate.  She has worked on developing low to zero emission ambulances with innovative low carbon fleet technologies.  She is facilitating the roll out the EV charging infrastructure for the ambulance service fleet on ambulance service sites as well as working with civic and other healthcare partners to ensure that additional infrastrucure is implemented to support the service.  She is also investigating the challenges of decarbonising the ambulance service through renewable technologies, Net Zero ambulance station design, phasing out of entonox and looking at alternative models of care.  She is also working to prepare the ambulance sevirce for climate adaptation assessing the impact of flooding, heat waves and sea inundation.  She set up the GrEAN (Green Environmental Ambulance Network) in 2010, connecting all of the sustainability leads across the ambulance services of the UK to drive forwards the Net Zero agenda.

She has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field as an environmental consultant working on large national and international projects in the UK as well as Brazil, Germany, Mozambique and Australia.  She took a career break and spent 3 years driving around the world in an ex-military ambulance, travelling overland to Australia and then travelling around South America.

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Brett Duane

Associate Professor in Dental Public Health, Trinity College, Dublin

Brett Duane is passionate about sustainable healthcare. He graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand with a degree in dentistry. He has worked in Primary dental care as an Associate Dentist in England, and a self-employed dentist in Australia and New Zealand. He has a Masters in Management in Health (University of Newcastle, Australia), a Masters in Public Health (University of Glasgow) and a PHD in Dentistry (Finland). From 2001-2005 he worked as Senior Dental Officer in an Aboriginal health service. In 2006-2010 he was Senior Dental Officer then Assistant Clinical Director (Oral Health Improvement), NHS Fife. From 2014-2015 he was Consultant in Dental Public Health in Public Health England and is currently Associate Professor in Dental Public Health, at Trinity College, Dublin. His main interests and research are the delivery of environmentally sustainable healthcare, inequities in oral health, the oral health of the more vulnerable ( indigenous oral health, children's oral health and oral health in the elderly) and ensuring that the development of oral health services are sustainable.

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Dr Jimmy Walker

Independent Microbiological and Decontamination Consultant

Dr. Jimmy Walker is an independent water consultant and director of Walker on Water. He previously worked for Public Health England as a scientific leader in water microbiology and decontamination, and managed a range of research projects in water microbiology and rapid detection technologies to assess the presence of opportunistic pathogens in water.  He advises hospitals on outbreaks associated with Legionella spp., Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Mycobacteria spp.  He also worked closely with the Department of Health (DH England) and the Health and Safety Executive in writing and developing national and international guidance on the microbiology of water and decontamination in healthcare. Dr Walker has over 30 years’ experience in public health microbiology with an extensive publication record in peer reviewed journals and books including the 2nd edition of “Decontamination in Hospitals and Healthcare” and has been an author for a number of national guidance documents related to COVID-19.