CSH Sustainable Healthcare Courses

NEW courses!

We have expanded our interdisciplinary training courses on sustainability, health and healthcare.  The courses are designed for health professionals, senior leaders, educators, students, and sustainability and estates managers. They are based around core concepts, local examples, and the sharing of perspectives and experiences that is essential to creating a sustainable healthcare system.  All courses include high quality interactive self-study material and a small group workshop facilitated by expert instructors.

Part I. Self-study: Two weeks before the workshop begins we will send you a link with access to interactive instructional material and video case studies to dip into. Use this package to brush up on your background knowledge in your own time. Reflect on what you’d like to get from the course and identify a sustainability topic in your setting that you might like to learn more about.

Part II. Workshop: The 4-hour session will be conducted remotely over a video conferencing platform. The workshop timetables are available below.

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 advice from peers and instructors.

"I highly recommend the CSH courses. Attending 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

The Faculty of Public Health has accredited this training course for 3 + 3 CPD credits - 3 CPD credits for self-study and 3 CPD credits for online workshop.

This is an overview of the relationship between the health sector and the crises in planetary health, particularly climate change.  How does the health sector 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 be prepared 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 - see course overview attached below. 

“I liked meeting other like-minded people and being inspired, being signposted to loads of great resources, camaraderie, and clear *very* good embedded videos”

Upcoming Course Dates

  • Wed 2 Sept 10am – 2pm  - Register here.
  • Mon 5 Oct 3pm – 7pm - Register here.
  • Wed  11 Nov 10am-2pm - Register here.


Green Space and Health   £165 + VAT

Green space contributes to prevention through increasing physical and mental wellbeing and offers people therapeutic benefits for recovery from illness. Research from around the world demonstrates that a 'Green Prescription' can deliver physical and mental health benefits for patients and that this is increasingly being used by healthcare professionals.  The course explores the evidence, showcases examples of green prevention and therapy and illustrates how you can integrate this into your own practice. Aimed at healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care including those working in mental health, rehabilitation, diabetes or musculoskeletal conditions and who want to look after their staff and manage services differently - see course overview attached below. Please register here.

Upcoming Course Dates

  • Thursday 24 Sept - Register here.

"The 3 phases to the course are great. The pre-course prep allows for best use of the online workshop and then some time and effort on our parts should lead to a successful and interesting part 3 in the autumn. This material is relatively new to most of us, so this re-inforcement step is critcial! I look forward to seeing how we all get on."

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 - see course overview attached below. Please register here.

“I appreciated the opportunity to go through all the materials at my own pace, grouped into small manageable segments”

“Good size of group …time at both plenary and break out rooms for discussion and the networking, and interaction with the tutors was very valuable.”

“I got different viewpoints I hadn’t considered  - what worked, what didn't, who to speak to."

Sustainable Quality Improvement   £165 + VAT

Royal College of Physicians has approved this training course for 5CPD credits.

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.  The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has developed a "SusQI" framework for the inclusion of sustainability in QI and we are now working to support its widespread adoption into QI education and practice.  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 the ‘SusQI’ framework for integrating sustainability into quality improvement. Learning from real examples, participants explore in depth how the framework can be applied in practice to develop preventative, holistic, lean, low carbon care.  Click here for the course programme and register here.

"The organisers managed to balance giving us clear, stark information about the risk to human health from climate degradation with constructive and optimistic ideas and strategies about how as clinicians we can positively influence the future direction of the NHS. There were presentations of projects that have successfully reduced the carbon footprint of clinical pathways. It was refreshing to hear how using CSH’s 4 key principles of sustainable healthcare offers a robust way of integrating important priorities (i.e. impact on communities and the natural world) alongside financial ones, into NHS quality improvement frameworks. Alongside the structured presentations there were multiple opportunities for discussion, networking and socialising outside of the time-tabled sessions.  It was valuable for me to spend time with other people who are dealing with this and who are deciding how they are going to respond."  

"The most holistic approach to QI that I have come across and great to spend the day surrounded by enthusiastic, like-minded individuals.”

"Being able to ask questions of presenters as we worked through material was really valuable. Knowing what trusted sources of information are and where to find them."

"The self-study material] gave me the time to explore some of the core concepts myself instead of learning everything from scratch on the day.  [It gave a] good overview of Sus QI with a systematic approach to implementation.  [There was a] good mixture of information and activities.  The [supplementary] material was great; it’s good to have the option to explore things in more detail."

"Conversations in the breakout rooms were invaluable [for] networking, reflecting with others, exploring real life examples in practice, being able to share and ask questions and getting some advice from the facilitators."

FAQ: Which course should I choose?

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 will 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 shorter than the Advanced courses.

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 SusQI within any quality improvement initiatives they are working on or planning. 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 would like to attend and 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 attend.

PROGRAMMES Sustainability Helathcare Courses 2020: