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11.39 Association of british neurologists sustainability special interest group (ABN sustainability SIG): formation, objectives and invitation
  1. Ann Cheesman1,
  2. Daniel Blackburn2,
  3. Camille Carroll3,
  4. Anna Cohen4,
  5. Jan Coebergh5,
  6. Dilraj Sokhi6,
  7. Sui H Wong7,
  8. John Woolmore8
  1. 1Southend University Hospital
  2. 2Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience
  3. 3University of Plymouth Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
  4. 4Royal Free and Luton and Dunstable Hospitals
  5. 5St George’s University Hospital
  6. 6Aga Khan University Medical College of East Africa
  7. 7Moorfield’s Eye Hospital
  8. 8Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham


We introduce the ABN Sustainability SIG. We present our aims & objectives, and practical ways of implementing sustainability strategies in Neurology.

At the 2016 ABN annual meeting, a keynote speech by Dr. David Pencheon, then director of the National Health Service Sustainability Development Unit, highlighted the relevance and importance of Sustainability in Neurology. This planted the seed for our SIG’s formation. Initial interest was gathered from an ABN newsletter notice, via word-of-mouth and informal discussions at ABN annual meetings (2017, 2018). A series of teleconferences & email discussions enabled the formation of SIG byelaws and application to the ABN council.

Our aims and objectives

  1. To be a positive force within the ABN to highlight issues surrounding global environmental sustainability.

  2. To provide a forum to consider the impact of choices made in neurology practice on global environmental sustainability. This will cover all aspects of neurology including, but not limited to, clinical practice, service provision, technological and digital developments, meetings and ABN resources and investments.

  3. To identify areas where the choice made could impact positively on global environmental sustainability and disseminate this information to the ABN membership to inform their decisions.

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