This foundation course is specifically tailored for dental care professionals and support staff in primary and secondary care. It offers an overview of the relationship between dentistry, health, and the climate and ecological crises. How are dentistry and healthcare both vulnerable to and contributing to climate change and ecological degradation? What would sustainable dentistry look like? What might the wider benefits be and how can we achieve this? The course also highlights the leadership role dental staff can play in providing care for all within planetary boundaries.
- Workshop: 26 May (Thu) 12.00-16.00
- Self-study period opens: 5 May
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.
This short 3-part foundation course is intended as an overview of the field for dental care staff at any level who are new to sustainable healthcare. The training will help you to understand why sustainability matters, then help you to ‘green’ your dental practice using case studies from dentistry and offering tips and tricks for implementing sustainability improvements. The foundation courses also lay the groundwork for developing your skills further in the technical courses.
Sustainable dentistry delivers high quality care without damaging the environment, is affordable now and in the future and delivers positive social impact.
The practice of dentistry consumes enormous quantities of materials, energy, chemicals and water, and produces vast amounts of waste, much of it toxic. A more efficient and sustainable system would not use resources in a way that adversely affects the health of the population or prevent tomorrow's dental professionals from providing care. Sustainable dentistry can also make a significant contribution to the carbon reductions required by the Paris Agreement, the NHS net zero commitments and the wider UN Sustainable Development Goals.
- Describe the relationship between the global environmental crisis and human health, the risks to the healthcare system and the contribution of dentistry and the wider health sector to environmental degradation
- Apply the principles of sustainable development to dentistry
- Improve carbon literacy and identify carbon ‘hotspots’
- Begin to implement projects to improve sustainability in your working environment
Part I. Self-study module
Prepare for the workshop at your convenience using our interactive online self-study module, presented in bite-sized chunks. You will need about 4-6 hours to complete the self-study materials which cover all course content including background, theory and case studies, with links to further information depending on your level of interest. 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. The self-study module opens 3 weeks before, and remains available to you for 4 weeks after, the workshop.
“Very interesting read - gave me a realistic idea of the effects we, as humans, are having on the planet and how everything is interlinked”
Part II. Live workshop online
The 4 hour virtual workshop consolidates your understanding of the course materials. Small group discussions with CSH experts and colleagues from around the world 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 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.
“Seeing the broad range of ideas from peers shows how sustainability can be approached from different angles”
“Access to knowledgeable and approachable individuals who are clearly passionate about the topic.”
Part III: Work-in-Progress
After completing the self-study materials and online workshop you are invited to attend our online Sustainable Healthcare Cafés. The 2 hour cafes occur regularly throughout the year and offer ongoing support for you to put your learning in to practice. They are a friendly, informal setting in which to:
- Get support for sustainability projects from peers and CSH staff
- Make connections with others bringing sustainability projects into their workplace
You are welcome to continue attending the 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.
Brett Duane, Associate Professor in Dental Public Health, Trinity College, Dublin
Brett has a degree in dentistry from the University of Otago, New Zealand. He has worked in primary dental care in England, Australia and New Zealand. He has a Masters in Management in Health (University of Newcastle, Australia), a Masters in Public Health (University of Glasgow) and a PHD in Dentistry (Finland). From 2001-2005 he worked as Senior Dental Officer in an Aboriginal health service.
Amarantha Fennell-Wells, Fellow in Sustainable Healthcare, Welsh Clinical Leadership Programme
Amarantha is taking a break from practising dentistry to embed sustainability within quality improvement training and medical education at Cardiff Medical School, and to support efforts to reduce the environmental impact of healthcare in Wales. After completing three years of Dental Core Training in a variety of specialties (including a gruelling on-call rota in oral and maxillofacial surgery during the COVID-19 pandemic), Amarantha was thrilled to be appointed as the first Welsh Leadership Fellow in Sustainable Healthcare for 2020-21.
Darshini Ramasubbu, Clinical Fellow in Sustainable Dentistry (Dental Public Health)
Darshini is a practising dentist who recently completed a Masters in Dental Public Health, and in currently pursuing a PhD in sustainable dentistry. In 2017-18 she worked with CSH to promote sustainability in the provision of dental care, and produce teaching materials for Health Education England.
Sheryl Wilmott, Specialty Dentist, Maxillofacial Surgery and Quality Assurance Lead
Sheryl has worked in primary and secondary care dentistry across the UK and with health initiatives in the UK, Peru and Colombia. She has a research Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Manchester and a Future Leaders Fellowship in Research & Innovation. Sheryl is particularly interested in incorporating sustainability teaching into the undergraduate and postgraduate dental curriculum, to create a workforce that is ready to tackle the climate crisis.
Dr 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.
Jennifer Lee, Paediatric Dentist
Jenn is a graduate of the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, currently completing an MSc in paediatric dentistry at Ohio State University. Her research evaluates the carbon footprint associated with paediatric dental care and aims to inform policies to increase preventative measures and decrease the carbon footprint of dentistry.