InnoScot Health set to share innovation insights into rural affairs and climate change

Guest speakers will include Dr Ken Barker from NHS Highland

NHS partner InnoScot Health will be sharing innovation learnings drawn from rural affairs and climate change during the next in its series of informative healthcare webinars. 

The accessible, bitesize ‘lunch & learn’ sessions are hosted on Microsoft Teams and see InnoScot Health staff regularly sharing their deep knowledge and insights on innovation, while also providing a platform for inspiring guest speakers. 

The next free to join webinar this November, entitled Interconnected innovation – healthcare learnings from animals and the environment will be led by the organisation’s Head of Innovation Robert Rea and Innovation Manager Leigh Mair.  

They will be joined by guest speakers Dr Adam Giangreco from SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College and Dr Ken Barker from NHS Highland. 

Dr Giangreco is Head of Business Development at the Rural and Veterinary Innovation Centre (RAVIC) at SRUC.  He will be speaking on where and how SRUC research and innovation crosses over into human health and wellbeing, both directly and indirectly. 

Dr Barker is Consultant Anaesthetist, Chair of the Environment and Sustainability Committee Association of Anaesthetists, and Clinical Lead of National Green Theatres Programme for the Centre for Sustainable Delivery (CfSD). He will be speaking about sustainability ambitions in clinical practice. 

The webinar takes place on Thursday 30 November from 12 until 12.45pm. Please use the link below to register and you will receive details on how to join the session: 

Robert said: “Our upcoming webinar will see us sharing learnings drawn from the world around us. It will focus on two distinct areas, both of which can help to improve our understanding of, and progress in, healthcare innovation for humanity. 

“One aspect will be the relationship between animal and human health and where those connections meet; the other will be centred on the environment, sustainability, and the NHS Scotland drive to hit Net Zero by 2040, necessitating far-reaching solutions. 

“Indeed, InnoScot Health’s sustainability innovation call is helping to identify those solutions. 

“These are separate discussions in many ways, but in fact all are interrelated and that is what we will learn more about from our two Highlands and Islands-based speakers. Human health is closely connected to that of animals, plants, and the environment.” 

Leigh added: “As Innovation Manager for the north of Scotland, I’m very pleased to introduce our two speakers from the Highlands and Islands. Both are experts in their fields and will offer a greater understanding on those specialist areas. With animals and people alike being affected by many of the same diseases, environmental issues, and other health threats, it is important that we do not always consider them in isolation.” 

Dr Giangreco said: ”I’m looking forward to this opportunity to speak about our work at the Rural and Veterinary Innovation Centre (RAVIC) where SRUC is helping develop new, sustainable technologies and systems for Scotland’s land and marine-based sectors. 


“RAVIC is home to SRUC’s Centre for Epidemiology and Planetary Health and part of our new School of Veterinary Medicine.  The centre brings together scientists, innovators, and businesses to collaborate and create new products, services, and solutions to overcome major sector challenges, including those posed by animal disease, climate change and food security.  

“RAVIC provides world class expertise, guidance, and infrastructure to support the development of innovative systems and other practical tools needed to succeed in the face of this uncertainty.” 

Dr Barker said: “The National Green Theatres Programme has been developed by clinicians and is helping to make an impact in NHS Scotland’s drive towards Net Zero. 

“It is targeting a marked reduction in the high emissions and waste typically generated in surgery while simultaneously maintaining the highest levels of patient safety and quality of care. 

“If we are to hit the NHS Scotland target for 2040, it is hugely important that we prioritise clinically safe patient care decisions with sustainable considerations to the fore, and it will be a privilege to have the opportunity of discussing that further during InnoScot Health’s webinar.” 

The session will be rounded off by an opportunity to ask questions of the speakers. Pre submit your queries for our panel discussion to 

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