Courses in sustainability, health and healthcare

Designed for health professionals, educators, students, and sustainability / estates managers, our training courses are based on a mix of core concepts, case studies, and the sharing of interdisciplinary perspectives and experiences.   We recommend starting with Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare and then continuing further with our advanced 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 (optional, for 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!)"

Book a course with peace of mind
We realise that healthcare workers may have to change their plans at short notice over the next few months. If you book a course and are then unable to attend a workshop due to work pressures, we can offer you a workshop at a later date for no charge.

Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare  £120 + VAT

Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare banner

This course is an overview of the relationship between the health sector and the climate and ecological crises; How does the health system contribute to climate change? How can clinical practices become sustainable? More information on this course here

  • Thursday 21 January,  10am - 2pm  Register here
  • Wednesday 3 March,   8am - 12 noon  Register here
  • Monday 11 May,  2pm - 6pm  Register here

Green Space and Health   £165 + VAT

Green Space and Health

Research demonstrates that Green space contributes to physical and mental wellbeing and offers therapeutic benefits for recovery from illness. This course explores the evidence and illustrates how you can integrate these into your own practice. More information on this course here

  • Tuesday 19 January, 10am - 2pm   Register here
  • Tuesday 27 April, 10am - 2pm   Register here

Sustainable Quality Improvement   £165 + VAT

Sustainable Quality Improvement

This intensive course introduces health professionals and educators to the concept of ‘sustainable value’ and the ‘SusQI’ framework for integrating sustainability into quality improvement. More information on this course here

  • Wednesday 24 February, 10 am - 2 pm  Register here 
  • Monday 26 April, 1 pm - 5 pm Register here 
  • Wednesday 7 July,  10 am -2 pm Register here

Carbon Footprinting for Healthcare   £165 + VAT

Carbon footprinting for Healthcare

This carbon footprinting course will help health professionals, quality improvement leads and medical students to become carbon literate. You will gain an understanding of what a carbon footprint is, how it can be used in the NHS’s endeavor to go net zero and how it is measured. More information on this course here

  • Thursday    11 February, 1pm – 5pm Register here
  • Wednesday 9 June, 10am – 2pm   Register here

Teaching Sustainable Quality Improvement  £120 + VAT (£50 discount for educators)

Teaching Sustainable Quality Improvement

Health professions curricula increasingly require students and trainees to demonstrate skills for both sustainable healthcare and quality improvement. Meanwhile, achieving the NHS commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 will rely upon healthcare staff introducing changes in the workplace and innovating for further carbon reductions. This short course uses the ‘SusQI’ framework, developed by CSH, to help health professions educators and students to integrate sustainability concepts into mainstream quality improvement teaching - meeting curriculum requirements while also tapping into growing concern about the climate and ecological emergency and the need for the health sector to respond and lead by example. The approach is equally applicable to all health professions and to the undergraduate and postgraduate level.  Supported by Health Education England, King's College London and the Health Foundation. More information on this course here

“This framework has radically altered how I approach quality improvement, in how I deliver quality improvement to the students I teach, in my own practice and in how I appraise the work of others”     - Noreen Ryan, Domain Lead for Quality Healthcare, Imperial College London School of Medicine

  • Wednesday 27 January, 1-5pm Register here
  • Wednesday 31 March, 1.30-5.30pm Register here


Public Health Leadership for Sustainability   £120 + VAT

public health leadership for sustainability

The Public Health Specialty Training Curriculum (2015) reflects the central importance of sustainable development to health and the role of public health professionals in driving change, requiring trainees to “demonstrate leadership in environmental sustainability with a focus on the links to health and climate change”. This interactive 8-hour course helps public health professionals to develop leadership skills for environmental sustainability within and outside the health and care sector.  Drawing on real-life examples, the course explores how to incorporate environmental sustainability into public health programmes and hone advocacy, partnership working and strategy development skills. More information on this course here

  • Thursday 14 January, 1-5pm  (FULL)
  • Friday 23 April , 9am-1pm  Register here


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the 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 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. During the workshop we use case studies to explore the roles of individual, team and system-wide action. It is made up of two parts (self-study and a workshop), whereas the Advanced courses, such as Sustainable Quality Improvement are made up of three parts (self-study, workshop and later work-in-progress presentations).

The SusQI course is intended for people who have 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.

Why do some courses cost more than others? 

All courses are offered at the same rate:  £120 for a two-part (8-10 hour) course and £165 for a three-part (10-12 hour) course.  They offer in-person teaching from 2-3 of the field's experts, materials designed specifically for health professionals, and small group work that participants find helpful for applying knoweldge to practice.