Teaching Sustainability in Quality Improvement

After completing the Sustainability in Quality Improvement course, academic and clinical educators can join this mini-course to practice integrating sustainability concepts into mainstream quality improvement teaching.

  • Workshop: Tuesday 14 May 2024 [8.30-11.00 BST]  
    • Self-study period opens:  16 April

Book here £100 + VAT 

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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 4 weeks before the workshop. There will be an admin fee of £30 for refunds.

Course Description

Students and trainees in the health professions are increasing expected to demonstrate skills for quality improvement and for ‘net zero’ healthcare.  This short course helps educators and trainers to integrate sustainability concepts into mainstream quality improvement teaching and training. It is applicable to all health professions at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Supported by Health Education England, King's College London and the Health Foundation. 

 This course is endorsed by 

“This framework has radically altered how I approach quality improvement, in how I deliver quality improvement to the students I teach, in my own practice and in how I appraise the work of others”    

                                                                                  - Noreen Ryan, Domain Lead for Quality Healthcare, Imperial College London School of Medicine

Prerequisite for joining course:

Completion of the e-lfh session on Environmental Sustainability in Quality Improvement or the CSH course Sustainable Quality Improvement or familiar with content of susqi.org

Learning outcomes:

  1. Apply sustainable healthcare concepts to quality improvement education;  
  2. Use SusQI to increase learners’ motivation for healthcare improvement; 
  3. Adapt examples of SusQI projects to your teaching context; 
  4. Develop tools to assess student learning

Part I. Self Study Module

You will need 2-4 hours to review the course materials and SusQI Educator pack with template teaching sessions, student project resources and case studies. 

Part II. Live Workshop

This 2.5 hour interactive online workshop includes a review of the self-study material with Q & A.  Then, in small groups you will take part in a demonstration of SusQI teaching and explore different approaches. By the end of the workshop you should feel equipped to integrate triple bottom line principles into Quality Improvement teaching. 

Courses are facilitated by experts drawn from the faculty below:

Dr Frances Mortimer

Frances is CSH Medical Director and led the development of the principles of sustainable clinical practice and the innovative Sustainable Specialties programmes. She has a particular interest in engaging health professionals in clinical transformation and sustainable leadership.

Siobhan QI Education LeadSiobhan Parslow-Williams

Siobhan is the CSH QI Education Lead, working nationally to integrate sustainability into quality improvement healthcare education. She is a registered nurse with a background in emergency nursing, primary care, clinical research delivery, management and teaching. Siobhan graduated from the NIHR Advanced Leadership Programme in 2019 and is the founder of the grass-roots movement Parents for Future in Norwich and also co-founded Eco Action Families.

Dr Rosie Spooner 

Rosie is a Paediatric Trainee (St5) in Severn Deanery who has taken up the post of QI Education Fellow at CSH from 2020-2021, working with universities and postgraduate education programmes to support the integration of sustainable healthcare into Quality Improvement teaching. She comes from a background in environmental activism and previously established a hospital allotment society whilst a medical student in London.

Kathleen Leedham-Green

Kay is a doctor working within medical education, mostly primary care. She supported the introduction of sustainability learning outcomes into our core curriculum at KCL through a global health webinar on climate change and a sustability impact assessment element to quality improvement projects. She also taught on the social and behavioural determinants of health including a set of e-learning modules on patient-centred approaches to addressing obesity in a consultation. At Imperial she introduced environmentally informed medicine into their social accountability agenda and quality improvement modules. She also supports faculty development in education and scholarship, leading the Clinical Teaching Fellow faculty development at Imperial College and teaches on the masters in clinical education at KCL. 

Dr Alice ClackDr Alice Clack - Sustainable Quality Improvement Education Fellow 2022-2023

Alice is a consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who since CCST has worked in The Gambia, Liberia and Sierra Leone as a specialist and educator, and with Chelsea and Westminster NHS trust and Betsi Cadwaladr NHS trust as a Locum Consultant. She will be supporting the CSH's SusQI Education project, which seeks to promote, and support the inclusion of SusQI into postgraduate and undergraduate clinical education. Alice has a background in climate activism, and is currently working with other Obstetricians and the RCOG to create a movement towards sustainable Obstetric care.