Sustainable Anaesthetics

This foundation course offers an overview of the relationship between human health and the climate and ecological crises, with a focus on anaesthetics and the operating department.  It demonstrates how the health system is vulnerable to, but also contributes to, climate change and ecological degradation, examines the specific contribution of anaesthetics to carbon emissions and other environmental impacts and explores how to develop a more sustainable approach to the practice of anaesthetics and the operating department, whilst maintaining or improving quality of care.

The course also highlights the leadership role healthcare staff can play in the transformation towards a system that works for all, within planetary boundaries.

  • Workshop: 6 October (Thurs) 13.00-17.00 BST
    • Self-study period opens: 15 September

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Pricing structure: £95 - £165 + VAT

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Learning Objectives

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between the global environmental crisis and human health. 
  2. Describe the risks to the healthcare system, and the contribution of the health sector, particularly anaesthetics and surgery, to environmental degradation. 
  3. Apply the principles of sustainable development to anaesthetic practice and the operating department.
  4. Develop carbon literacy and identify carbon hotspots
  5. Plan a project to improve the sustainability of anaesthetics practice in your workplace

Course Structure  

The course is divided in to three parts 

Part I.  Self-study online – Opening 3 weeks prior to the workshop this consists of 4-6 hrs of interactive online materials, presented in bite-sized chunks, covering all course content including background, theory, and case studies, with optional links to further information. Discussion points throughout the module allow you to reflect on your learning and start to get to know fellow participants and their areas of interest and work. At the end of the module, you are invited to sketch out a plan for a sustainability project you might want to undertake, in preparation for the workshop discussions.

Part II.  Live workshop online – based largely around small group discussion this 4-hour virtual workshop, aims to consolidate your understanding of the course materials, build networks with colleagues and help you to translate your learning into implementation of a respiratory project in your area of work. 

Part III.  Mentoring – on completion of parts 1 and 2 you are invited to attend our online Sustainable Healthcare Cafés. The 2-hour cafes occur regularly throughout the year and offer a friendly, informal setting in which to:

  • Get inspiration and support for sustainability projects from peers and CSH staff
  • Make connections with others interested in sustainability both across and within specialities. 

You are welcome to continue attending Cafes as many times as you wish. Upcoming dates are available here and will also be emailed out to you with your certificate of completion after the workshop.

Pricing Structure

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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.


hayleyDr Hayley Pinto, Education and Training Lead

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. 

Stefi Barna, Education Director

Stefi is a global health academic with a background in history. She taught planetary health at Queen Mary University of London and  public health at Norwich Medical School.

Dr Jason GandhiDr Jason Gandhi, Environmentally Sustainable Anaesthesia Fellow 2021-2

Jason is currently an anaesthetist taking time out of training, currently undertaking this joint fellowship between the CSH, association of Anaesthetists and Newcastle Upon Tyne hospitals. Jason has a particular interest in the way water pollution can affect our health with environmentally unsustainable practises. His work will focus more around the impact of propofol as well as continuing the work on with the volatile anaesthetic gases contribution to climate change. 

cathy_lawsonDr. Cathy Lawson, Environmentally Sustainable Anaesthesia Fellow 2019-20

Cathy is an anaesthetic and intensive care medicine trainee in the North East. Her interest in environmental sustainability took off when she was elected as a member of the Group of Anaesthetists in Training (GAT) committee at the Association of Anaesthetists (AoA). Cathy sat on the AoA Environmental Task group  for three years, and through this learnt about how the anaesthetic speciality impacts on the environment and sustainability. In February 2019 she starts the Environmentally Sustainable Anaesthesia Fellowship, co hosted by the AoA and CSH and based at the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Possible areas of focus include minimising use of environmentally harmful anaesthetic gases, optimising perioperative pathways and mindful procurement, use and disposal of equipment.