Public Health Leadership for Sustainability

This interactive course helps public health professionals to develop leadership skills for environmental sustainability within and outside the health and care sector.

  • Workshop: 17 March 2022 (Thu) 13.00-17.00
    • Self-study period opens: 24 February (Thu)

£165 + VAT | Book here

Book a course with peace of mind: We realise that healthcare workers may have to change their plans at short notice. If you are unable to attend a workshop, we can offer you a workshop at a later date for no charge. We can also offer a refund as long as you cancel before the course opens for self-study, which is 3 weeks before the workshop. There will be an admin fee of £30 for refunds.

Course description

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.

Part I.  Self-study online

All course content is presented in our interactive online module.  You will need about 4-6 hours to go through this round-up of theory and practice.  The discussion forum allows you to meet fellow participants and get to know each other's areas of interest and work.  At the end of the module, you are invited to sketch out a plan of work that you might want to undertake, in preparation for the workshop discussions.  All online content will be available to you after the workshop for an additional two weeks. 

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify the relationship of sustainability principles to population health
  2. Describe the health impacts of climate change mitigation and adaptation and the principles of sustainable development
  3. Recognise what is distinctive about leadership in sustainability
  4. Appraise service developments for their impacts on the triple bottom line 

Really good overview of the main issues, well structured, with clear public health relevance. I enjoyed the breadth of it and helped me to think about sustainability in a more holistic way.

It was informative and easy to understand and follow. Having everything laid out so clearly -- a mixture of text. diagrams, graphs, videos helped bring it to life and keep concentration. It really helped me consolidate my knowledge and feel prepared for the workshop. 

Being able to come to the workshop having read about the topic and had time to digest it and think about how I could apply it to my area of work. That time for reflection was very useful.  

I appreciated the links to useful short videos I can also share with others. I would appreciate long term access to the course, as I feel it's a resource I will want to come back to in my career.  


Part II.  Live workshop online

The 4 hour workshop consolidates your understanding of the course materials. Small group discussions with CSH experts and colleagues allow further exploration of topics that interest you and tips on how to translate your ideas into action.   The timetable includes pre-session technical assistance and networking, followed by a review of the self-study material review with Q&A.  In breakout groups you will then share your ideas for a sustainability intervention in your setting and make plans to address it, using the range of resources, tools and methods developed by CSH and partners.

Learning outcomes

  1. Identify one’s values, drivers and spheres of influence
  2. Demonstrate presentation, communication and listening skills for different social and cultural perspectives
  3. Incorporate environmental sustainability into a health-related proposal or piece of work
  4. Identify influencing and negotiating skills in a setting where you do not have direct authority to advocate for action

What I took away was thinking about sustainability in all work, rather than needing to magically find the time to do a discrete sustainability project. realizing that there is so much we could do right away! 

I really valued the discussions grounded in projects and tying into areas we can immediately effect and apply into our work. Lots of useful practical advice from colleagues about challenges we face; the opportunity to think about something we are working on and what the barriers are and how we might overcome them -space to focus on that was helpful.  

Most valuable was speaking to others about how sustainability could be implemented into workplace;  I also found very helpful the broader discussion about how PH as a whole can incorporate sustainability and what the barriers are.

Being forced to come up with ways to extend existing projects to include sustainability meant I came up with more solutions. I liked the opportunity to network with other trainees and we're planning to have a chat to come up with a plan. I really enjoyed the examples that came up in the small group work, they were the most inspiring, and felt practical too. 



Anya Gopfert, PH Registrar, South West Region

Dr Anya Gopfert has been involved in climate change and health advocacy since she was a medical student. From 2018-19, Anya worked as a National Medical Director's Clinical Leadership Fellow at the Health Foundation and contributed to work on the role of the NHS as an anchor institution. Anya is currently supporting the Health Foundation on their Futures work with regards to climate change and is a member of the Faculty of Public Health's Climate Emergency Committee.

Stefi Barna, Education Director, CSH

Stefi is a global health academic who has taught planetary health at Queen Mary University of London and  public health at Norwich Medical School and Azim Premji University, India.

heyley bioDr Hayley Pinto, Education and Training Lead, CSH

Hayley was a lead consultant addiction psychiatrist with nearly 30 yrs experience in the NHS and publicly funded services.  She is a medical educator, and currently senior honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia, and has been involved in climate education, outreach, and activism for several years. Hayley also has a degree in psychology and completed general practice training before pursuing a career in psychiatry.