This foundation course offers an overview of the relationship between human health and the climate and ecological crises, with a focus on respiratory health. It demonstrates how the health system is vulnerable to, but also contributes to, climate change and ecological degradation, examines the specific contribution of inhalers to carbon emissions and other environmental impacts and explores how to develop a more sustainable approach to respiratory healthcare 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: 25 August (Thur) 9.00-13.00 BST
- Self-study period opens: 4 August
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Pricing structure: £95 - £165 + VAT
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Describe the relationship between the global environmental crisis and human health with specific reference to respiratory health.
- Describe the risks to the healthcare system, and the contribution of the health sector, particularly respiratory care, to environmental degradation.
- Apply the principles of sustainable development to respiratory care
- Develop carbon literacy and identify carbon hotspots
- Plan a project to improve the sustainability of respiratory care in your workplace.
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.
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.
Dr 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. Aarti Bansal
Aarti founded the Greener Practice network in 2017 to enable primary care to move towards environmentally sustainable healthcare. Her main interest is in the integration of sustainable clinical healthcare principles into all aspects of policy and professional practice. She is co-chair of the RCGP Climate Emergency Advisory Group and is working to support the RCGP, BMA, NHSE and others to develop and implement a primary care sustainability strategy.
Tamsin is a GP in London who designed the CSH Sustainable Primary Care course. She is a North East London RCGP faculty lead for climate and health and sustainability scholar, and currently undertaking a leadership fellowship with a sustainability focus in London. She also chairs the Greener Practice London group and is interested in the crossover of sustainable primary care with improving health equity.
"Inspirational and reassuring to hear everyone else’s actions and sense of urgency. On a practical level, I feel more knowledgeable on where to aim my work for greater impact and have been directed towards lots of useful information sources and initiatives"