Andrew Stevenson, BHTA Chairperson
Andrew Stevenson, Chairman of the British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA), will sit alongside other industry leaders at the GS1 Healthcare Conference to discuss the important topic of sustainability within the healthcare sector.

Taking place today and tomorrow at London’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre, the conference will see more the 70 speakers deliver over 12 hours of insightful content on crucial topics for medical device manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors.

Topics include leading insights on medical device traceability, how data supports better clinical decisions, healthcare policy updates, and much more.

On the second day of the event, experts from across the healthcare arena will share their insights on sustainability, with presentations and a Q&A covering how GS1 standards are supporting the NHS’ Net Zero ambitions and wider healthcare-based sustainability programmes.

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In particular, presenters and the panel will highlight product sustainability in the supply chain, supporting organisations to deliver a net-zero NHS, and the impact on waste reduction and carbon emissions.

Representing the healthcare and assistive technologies industry, BHTA’s Andrew Stevenson will give a 20-minute presentation at 1.20pm, as well as participate in a follow-up panel and Q&A session at 1.45pm.

The discussion panel, chaired by David Lawson, Chief Procurement Officer at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, will also include Luella Trickett, Director of Value and Access at the Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) and Steve O’Callaghan, Chair of Ingenica.

Andrew Stevenson, Chairman of the British Healthcare Trades Association, commented: “Sustainability is one of the most critical topics facing our members, our National Health Service, and the world, today. It requires all organisations to fundamentally rethink elements of their operations, from manufacturing methods to supply chain management.

“It is an area that many of our members are investing a great deal of time and investment in, to ensure they are doing everything they can to help the NHS in England meet its net-zero goal by 2045.

“This is why it is vital that the efforts and needs of industry are being recognised, as this goal can only be reached through collaboration. I look forward to representing our members in this important discussion with our peers from the NHS.”

To attend the conference and sustainability sessions, visit the GS1 Healthcare Conference website.

GS1 standards provide a common language that allow businesses to identify, capture, and share information the same way on a global scale. Through the standards, users are better informed, are able to find the products they are looking for, and are protected through improved traceability. Patients can expect safer treatment, according to GS1 UK.

Last year, occupational therapists (OTs) at The OT Show were able to find out how their clients could have protection and additional reassurance through choosing BHTA member companies to purchase from.

BHTA member companies reassure users by voluntarily committing to the BHTA Code of Practice, the only industry-approved code under the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI)’s Consumer Codes Approval Scheme.

The code affords extra consumer protection, including free mediation and independent arbitration, resulting in more peace of mind for the individual.

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