Teaching Sustainable Quality Improvement

This course uses the ‘SusQI’ framework, to help health professions educators and students to integrate sustainability concepts into mainstream quality improvement teaching.

  • Workshop: 24 May (Tue) 13.00-17.00
    • Self-study period opens: 3 May
    • Work-in-progress workshop: 4 October (Tue) 13.00-15.00

Book here (discounted price of £95 + VAT for educators)

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

Health professions curricula increasingly require students and trainees to demonstrate skills for both sustainable healthcare and quality improvement. At the same time, achieving the NHS commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 requires healthcare staff to introduce changes in the workplace and innovate for further carbon reductions.

This short course uses the ‘SusQI’ framework, developed by CSH, to help health professions educators and students to integrate sustainability concepts into mainstream quality improvement teaching. It meets curriculum requirements while also responding to growing concern about the need for the health sector to respond to the climate and ecological emergency, and lead by example.  The course is equally applicable to all health professions and to the undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

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

“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

Learning outcomes:

  1. Apply sustainable healthcare concepts to quality improvement education;  
  2. Identify ways to use SusQI to increase learners’ motivation for healthcare improvement; 
  3. Adapt examples of student-led Sustainable Quality Improvement projects to your teaching context; 
  4. Outline the steps for integrating sustainability into quality improvement: defining the problem, setting goals, studying the system, designing the improvement effort and measuring impacts using the triple bottom line;     
  5. Develop tools for assessment of student learning

Part I. Self Study Module

You will need approx. 4-6 hours to go through this round up of theory and practice. A discussion forum allows you to meet like-minded educators and get to know each other. You will also be guided through the open access SusQI Educator pack which contains template teaching sessions, student project resources and case studies. 

Part II. Live Workshop

This 4 hour interactive virtual workshop consolidates your understanding of the course materials. The timetable include pre-session technical assistance and networking, followed by a review of the self-study material with Q & A. In breakout 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 the SusQI framework into Quality Improvement teaching. 

Part III: Work-in-Progress

We offer the opportunity to meet again as a group a month or so after the Workshop for a two-hour session to discuss how projects have progressed. You are invited to present what you've done so far, answer questions and take feedback from colleagues and facilitators. 


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. 

victoriaDr. Victoria Stanford 

Dr. Victoria Stanford is the 2021-2022 QI Education Fellow at CSH, working with universities and postgraduate education programmes to support the integration of sustainable healthcare into Quality Improvement teaching. Victoria is a doctor with a Masters in Public Health, with a particular interest in the health system impacts of global climate change. Victoria is also an active member of advocacy charity Medact and led their branch in Bristol and its campaign to introduce a clean air zone to tackle air pollution in the city.