CSH Sustainability School

NEW courses!

In response to unprecedented interest, we have expanded our range of interdisciplinary training courses on sustainability, health and healthcare.  The courses are designed for health professionals, senior leaders, educators, students, and sustainability and estates managers. All are based around core concepts, local examples, and the sharing of perspectives and experiences that is essential to creating a sustainable healthcare system.  All courses include high quality interactive self-study material and a small group workshop facilitated by expert instructors. 

Part I. Preparation: Two weeks before the workshop begins we will send you a package of interactive instructional material and video case studies to dip into. Use this package to brush up on your background knowledge in your own time. Reflect on what you’d like to get from the course and identify a sustainability topic in your setting that you might like to learn more about.

Part II. Workshop: The 4-hour session will be conducted remotely over a video conferencing platform fron 10-2 pm. The workshop timetables are available below.

Part III. Individual guidance (advanced courses only): A few months after the workshop you will have an opportunity to share your work and receive further advice from peers and instructors.

Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare introduces the key concepts and practices in the field and provides a sound foundation for more applied work on the specialised, advanced courses. 

Wed 24 June 2020      Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare                 
Thu 2 July 2020           Green Space and Health                    
Fri 10 July 2020           Carbon Footprinting for Healthcare 
Thu 16 July 2020       Sustainable Quality Improvement  

"I highly recommend the CSH Sustainability School courses. Attending as someone who was interested in environmental sustainability but unsure how to incorporate this into my professional practice, I found it to be a great source of information (and inspiration!). A knowledgeable faculty provide real-life examples of how sustainability projects can improve the NHS for patients and the environment. The courses also provide a fantastic opportunity to network with other like-minded health care professionals (when one can sometimes feel like a ‘lone voice’ within a department!)"

"A really great two days which were informative, practical and discursive as well as providing lots of opportunities to hear from and connect with other likeminded and sustainability-oriented healthcare professionals, highly recommended."


Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare   £120 + VAT
This course offers an overview of the relationship between the health sector and the crises in planetary health, particularly related to climate change.  How does the health sector contribute to climate change? Where is it most vulnerable to climate impacts?  How can clinical practices become sustainable? Using case studies from the NHS,  this course provides a foundation for more specialized issues in the advanced courses.  It is made up of a 4-hour interactive self-study online module and a 4-hour workshop. Please register here.


Green Space and Health   £165 + VAT
Green space contributes to prevention through increasing physical and mental wellbeing and offers people therapeutic benefits for recovery from illness. Research from around the world demonstrates that a 'Green Prescription' can deliver physical and mental health benefits for patients and that this is increasingly being used by healthcare professionals.  The course is explores the evidence, showcases examples of green prevention and therapy and illustrates how you can integrate this into your own practice. Aimed at healthcare professionals in primary and secondary care including those working in mental health, rehabilitation, diabetes or musculoskeletal conditions and who want to look after their staff and manage services differently. Please register here.


NEW! Carbon Footprinting for Healthcare   £165 + VAT

Though we know the NHS’s carbon footprint overall, the carbon impact of specific projects and operations (service changes, quality improvement projects or procurement of new products) are not routinely measured. In order for the NHS to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050, carbon needs to become an additional currency alongside money, understood by everyone working in the health system.

This training course will help health professionals, quality improvement leads and medical students to become carbon literate. Participants will gain an understanding of what a carbon footprint is, how it can be used in the NHS’s endeavour to go 'net zero', how it is measured and what can be learned from different carbon footprinting studies in healthcare. Please register here.


Sustainable Quality Improvement   £165 + VAT

Royal College of Physicians accredited for 5 CPD credits
Sustainability is one of the domains of quality in healthcare. Building it into quality improvement (QI) is a practical way to create incremental change towards a more ethical, sustainable health system.  The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has developed a "SusQI" framework for the inclusion of sustainability in QI and we are now working to support its widespread adoption into QI education and practice.  This is an intensive course to introduce health professionals and educators to the concept of ‘sustainable value’ and the ‘SusQI’ framework for integrating sustainability into quality improvement. Learning from real examples, participants explore in depth how the framework can be applied in practice to develop preventative, holistic, lean, low carbon care. Please register here.

"The organisers managed to balance giving us clear, stark information about the risk to human health from climate degradation with constructive and optimistic ideas and strategies about how as clinicians we can positively influence the future direction of the NHS. There were presentations of projects that have successfully reduced the carbon footprint of clinical pathways. It was refreshing to hear how using CSH’s 4 key principles of sustainable healthcare offers a robust way of integrating important priorities (i.e. impact on communities and the natural world) alongside financial ones, into NHS quality improvement frameworks. Alongside the structured presentations there were multiple opportunities for discussion, networking and socialising outside of the time-tabled sessions.  It was valuable for me to spend time with other people who are dealing with this and who are deciding how they are going to respond."  

"I thoroughly enjoyed this study day & would recommend as a must to others! The most holistic approach to QI that I have come across and great to spend the day surrounded by enthusiastic, like-minded individuals. Thank you.”  Fiona Brennan, Consultant Anaesthetist, Cardiff & Vale UHB

FAQ: Which course should I choose?

The Introduction to Sustainable Healthcare course gives an overview of the history of sustainable healthcare, some of the main approaches being used and the core principles behind them. It uses a variety of case studies for this and during the workshop we will use case studies to explore the roles of individual, team and system-wide action. It does not assume prior knowledge of sustainability but the online self-study element is set out in such a way that if you are already familiar with a topic you can skip through that and spend more time on new material. It is shorter than the Advanced courses.

The SusQI course is intended for people who would like to bring sustainability into a clinical context and are contemplating including it within any quality improvement initiatives. It focuses on learning and practising elements of the SusQI model such as identifying environmental and social impacts of a clinical service or pathway, generating improvement ideas using principles of sustainable clinical practice, measuring environmental and social impacts of a project. You will develop specific ideas for applying these in your own context and can share your progress and get further tailored input to their initiative at the follow up workshop in the autumn.

Descriptions of Sustainability School courses from Feburary 2020: