The impacts of the environment on health and healthcare should be part of the curriculum for all health professionals. The Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE) network is a fast-growing group of clinicians, academics and students who have been developing teaching materials - you can find these via the Resources tab above. Join the SHE network to receive emails and post content - please register via the link on the right of this page.
Over the next 8 months, the SHE Network is running a free programme to support six "beacon" medical schools to develop and implement teaching and learning related to the Education for Sustainable Healthcare learning objectives. The programme is funded by SEDA and forms part of a small research project.
The GMC has updated the online version of Tomorrow's Doctors to include a link to the priority learning outcomes for sustainable healthcare, developed by the SHE Network through a national consulatation in 2012-13.
Science and technology must urgently be deployed to help reverse negative health trends, linked to nutrition and environment, according to a report commissioned by the Wellcome Trust, and launched yesterday, 25th March.
Sarah, who has an eating disorder and an interest in sustainability, provides a fascinating account of how using a smartphone app, designed to help her in recovery, can improve the sustainability of her care.
A year after the NHS published its SD Strategy (‘Sustainable, Resilient, Healthy People & Places’) in January 2014, the Environmental Audit Select Committee is examining whether the NHS is set up to deliver on the ambitions in that Strategy, and seeking to identify the key risks and challenges for implementing it and the achievements to date that could be built upon. Written submissions by 4 March are invited, although those received by 11 March might still be accepted.
Seeking feedback on the development of a new masters course to be delivered via e-learning.
Healthy Planet are launching a report on the health case for divestment from fossil fuels co-authored with MedAct, the Climate and Health Council, Medsin and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare - the launch will be part of a panel discussion event held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on Tuesday 3rd February 6.30pm. Here are some of my thoughts on divestment and what it means for the health community.
This EU funded project seeks to reduce the carbon impacts of healthcare and to equip nurses in coping with the challenges of a changing climate by developing education resources. The resources will be available for use in nursing curricula across Europe. Education materials to support sustainabilty learning in European nursing are currently limited and nurse educators are often inadequately prepared to teach students about the connections between resources, climate change, sustainability and health. Health academics from Plymouth, Holland, Spain and Germany began work in September and will continue until August 2017. Over the three years there will be opportunities for nursing and healthcare practitioners and students to comment on content.
The Lancet has this week published a letter about the curriculum for sustainable healthcare, based on work by CSH and the Sustainable Healthcare Education network over the last four years. In a project co-led by CSH’s medical director, Frances Mortimer, learning outcomes were developed in response to a request from the GMC and refined through a two-stage national consultation, involving medical educators, clinicians, trainees and students in 2013. The hope is that this will lead to increased consideration of the environmental determinants of health in undergraduate and postgraduate medical curricula.
An Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Report about wasted use of clinical resources in the NHS was launched last month and can be found here. The report states that to sustain the standards of care provided across the NHS, waste must be reduced.