Written by Josh Glover
10 Jul 2024

Introducing Our Smarter Healthcare Webinar

Are you ready for a new chapter in knowledge exchange?

With new technologies and processes being introduced to the healthcare industry regularly, compliance depends upon regulations which often have to change to keep up with advancements.

It can be easy to fall behind and find yourself suddenly out of the loop and non-compliant.

That’s where Smarter Healthcare comes in – a new chapter in knowledge exchange.



1 / What is Smarter Healthcare?

2 / What will you learn from the webinar?

3 / What will be discussed in the webinar?

4 / Who are the panellists?

5 / How can you get early access? 


What Is Smarter Healthcare?


Established as part of our Sharpsmart Academy, Smarter Healthcare is a new chapter in knowledge exchange, a platform for keeping healthcare professionals in the know about regulations, best practices, industry news, and more.

We’ll be kicking things off with an on-demand discussion-based webinar featuring a panel of healthcare waste management experts to help you overcome some of the common waste challenges you face day to day. 


What Will You Learn From the Webinar?

By the end of this webinar, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge to:

  • Get more from your waste management processes.
  • Use auditing and data tracking to drive impactful outcomes.
  • Inspire staff enthusiasm for waste management and sustainability.


As the format of this first webinar will be discussion-based, let’s take a sneak peek at what to expect… 


What Will be Discussed in the Webinar?


As noted earlier, the theme of our first Smarter Healthcare webinar will be: Overcoming Waste Challenges on the Route to Net Zero.

Here’s a preview of some topics our panellists will discuss…


Solutions for Common Challenges


We’ll be discussing some of the most common waste management challenges hospitals are facing today which include:

  • Increasing vape waste and a lack of disposal options.
  • The impact of POPs waste on the NHS since the updated regulations.
  • The successful introduction and effective use of the offensive waste stream.


The Power of Reuse and Reduction


Using the waste hierarchy as our north star to discuss the power of reuse and reduction over recycling with subjects including:

  • Simple ways to drive waste up the waste hierarchy.
  • Easy-to-implement reuse scheme ideas.
  • The benefits and potential pitfalls of reuse schemes and programmes.


Updates to ERIC Data


Have you seen the recent changes to ERIC Data definitions?

These will affect the way you report your data for this year. Our panellists will briefly cover some of these updates to set you up for success in your next  ERIC report.

We’ll end the webinar with a topical Q&A which covers waste audit frequency, the importance of accurate data, and how to inspire staff enthusiasm for waste and sustainability.


So that’s what you can expect from the webinar, but what about our panellists? 


Who Are the Panellists?


Sumal Karunaratne: As a National Total Waste Manager with over 15 years of experience, Sumal is dedicated to securing sustainable outcomes through education and consultancy.

Connect with Sumal on LinkedIn.


Shane McAteer: Shane has a wealth of waste management knowledge and is dedicated to guiding healthcare professionals in their journey towards a safer and more sustainable NHS.

Connect with Shane on LinkedIn.


With a combined healthcare waste management experience of around half a decade, you can trust that our panellists are in a good position to keep you well-informed about overcoming waste obstacles on your path to Net Zero. 


How Can You Get Early Access?


It’s simple.

All you need to do to get early access to our upcoming webinar is join our Network for Healthcare Heroes. Even if you don’t join our network, we’ll still be making the webinar publicly available at a later date, but here are some of the other benefits of being a part of our network:

  • Helpful tips and reminders for managing healthcare waste safely and efficiently.
  • Up-to-date advice and information regarding compliance and legislation.
  • Free educational materials and resources to help you make healthcare safer.


For those that are within our network, you'll receive your early access link to the webinar 25 July 2024.



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Josh Glover

Josh Glover

Content Specialist

As a natural storyteller driven by curiosity, Josh aims to educate and engage through informative and thought-provoking content; working towards a safer and more sustainable healthcare system.