CSH Sustainable Healthcare Courses
We are now offering a range of training courses on various aspects of sustainability, health and healthcare. Designed specifically for health professionals, educators, students, and sustainability or estates managers, the courses are based on a mix of online learning of core concepts and case studies, and the sharing of interdisciplinary perspectives and experiences.
We recommend starting with Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare and then continue further with our advanced specialist courses. If you have some background knowledge, you are welcome to join the advanced courses directly.
Part I. Self-study: Two weeks before the workshop begins we will send you a link with access to a 4-hour interactive package with video case studies. After working through the materials in your own time, you are invited to identify a sustainability topic in your setting that you might like to learn more about.
Part II. Workshop: This 4-hour small group workshop is facilitated by expert instructors and conducted over a video conferencing platform. Workshop timetables are available on each of the individual course pages (see menu at right).
Part III. Work-in-progress presentations (advanced courses only): A few months after the workshop you will have an opportunity to share your work and receive further input from peers and instructors.
"I highly recommend the CSH courses. As someone who was interested in environmental sustainability but unsure how to incorporate this into my professional practice, I found it to be a great source of information (and inspiration!). A knowledgeable faculty provide real-life examples of how sustainability projects can improve the NHS for patients and the environment. The courses also provide a fantastic opportunity to network with other like-minded health care professionals (when one can sometimes feel like a ‘lone voice’ within a department!)"
Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare £120 + VAT
This is an overview of the relationship between the health sector and the climate crisis. How does the health system contribute to climate change? How can clinical practices become sustainable? Using case studies from the NHS, you will gain a foundation for work in your area and prepare for more specialized issues in the advanced courses. The course is made up of a 4-hour interactive self-study online module and a 4-hour workshop. The Faculty of Public Health has accredited this training course for 3 CPD credits for self-study plus 3 CPD credits for the online workshop. More information is here.
Green Space and Health £165 + VAT
Green space contributes to physical and mental wellbeing and offers therapeutic benefits for recovery from illness. Research from around the world demonstrates that 'green' prescriptions are increasingly being used by healthcare professionals. This course explores the evidence, showcases examples of green prevention and therapy and illustrates how you can integrate these into your own practice. The course is intended for healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care, including mental health, rehabilitation, diabetes or musculoskeletal conditions, and those who want to look after their staff and manage services differently. More information is here.
- Thursday 24 Sept - Register here
Sustainable Quality Improvement £165 + VAT
Sustainability is one of the domains of quality in healthcare. Building it into quality improvement (QI) is a practical way to create incremental change towards a more ethical, sustainable health system. This is an intensive course to introduce health professionals and educators, who have at least a basic knowledge of QI, to the concept of ‘sustainable value’ and our ‘SusQI’ framework for integrating sustainability into quality improvement. Using real examples, you will explore in depth how the SusQI framework can be applied in practice to develop preventative, holistic, lean, low carbon care. The Royal College of Physicians has approved this training course for 5CPD credits. More information is here.
- Thursday 15th October - register here
Carbon Footprinting for Healthcare £165 + VAT
Though we know the NHS’s carbon footprint overall, the carbon impact of specific projects and operations (service changes, quality improvement projects or procurement of new products) are not routinely measured. In order for the NHS to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, carbon needs to become an additional currency alongside money, understood by everyone working in the health system. This training course will help health professionals, quality improvement leads and medical students to become carbon literate. Participants will gain an understanding of what a carbon footprint is, how it can be used in the NHS’s endeavour to go 'net zero', how it is measured and what can be learned from different carbon footprinting studies in healthcare. More information is here.
- Thurs 22nd October - register here
FAQ: What is the difference between Introduction and Quality Improvement courses?
The Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare course gives an overview of the history of sustainable healthcare, some of the main approaches being used and the core principles behind them. It uses a variety of case studies for this and during the workshop we use case studies to explore the roles of individual, team and system-wide action. It does not assume prior knowledge of sustainability but the online self-study element is set out in such a way that if you are already familiar with a topic you can skip through that and spend more time on new material. It is made up of two parts (self-study and a workshop), whereas the Advanced courses are made up of three parts (self-study, workshop and later work-in-progress presentations).
The SusQI course is intended for people who have at least a basic understanding of QI, would like to bring sustainability into a clinical context and are contemplating including sustainability within a quality improvement initiative. It focuses on learning and practising elements of the SusQI model such as identifying environmental and social impacts of a clinical service or pathway, generating improvement ideas using principles of sustainable clinical practice, measuring environmental and social impacts of a project. You will develop specific ideas for applying these in your own context and can share your progress and get further tailored input to their initiative at the follow up workshop in the autumn. If you do not have basic QI knowledge click here for free self-study resources on QI that you can use to bring you up to speed before you enrol.