Masterclasses: Education for Sustainable Healthcare

Thursday, 18 July, 2019

By 2020, the General Medical Council expects medical schools to meet the GMC Outcomes for graduates 2018, including new requirements for sustainable healthcare and quality improvement.

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare offers masterclasses to help clinical educators and curriculum designers integrate the priority learning objectives for sustainable healthcare into medical education.

Outcomes 3 – Professional knowledge
Health promotion and illness prevention
         25 Newly qualified doctors must be able to apply the principles, methods and knowledge of population health and the improvement of health and sustainable healthcare to medical practice.
                  f) outline the principles underlying the development of health, health service policy, and clinical guidelines, including principles of health economics, equity, and sustainable healthcare
                 h) evaluate the role of ecological, environmental and occupational hazards in ill-health and discuss ways to mitigate their effects

Outcomes 1 - Professional values and behaviours
Patient safety and quality improvement
         5 Newly qualified doctors must demonstrate that they can practise safely. They must participate in and promote activity to improve the quality and safety of patient care and clinical outcomes.
               g) apply the principles and methods of quality improvement to improve practice (for example, plan, do, study, act or action research), including seeking ways to continually improve the use and prioritisation of resources

Masterclass learning objectives

1. Apply the GMC Outcomes for Graduates 2018 for sustainable healthcare and quality improvement to your MBBS curriculum
2. Integrate the priority learning outcomes for sustainable healthcare (including disease prevention and quality improvement) into various specialties through critical appraisal of case examples
3. Identify relevant curriculum change strategies
4. Design assessment-driven teaching materials
5. Identify opportunities for publication

Fees for delivering a masterclass in your institution £3000 - £4000 (depending on travel distance from Oxford) + VAT

Free teaching materials are also available online here
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Teaching and Assessing Sustainable Healthcare

Course 1Teaching Sustainable Healthcare in the MBBS

1000 GMC requirements and priority learning outcomes for sustainable healthcare
1030 Participant introductions and discussion of preparatory readings
1100 Carbon hotspots: general practice, respiratory, anaesthetics, mental health, nephrology, paediatrics
1200 Curriculum planning (group work)
1300 Lunch and walk
1400 Critical evaluation of curriculum plans
1500 Strategies for integrated curriculum change
1530 Assessment considerations
1600 Next steps in teaching and support

Course 2 Assessing Sustainable Healthcare and Quality Improvement

1000 Recap assessment workshop 2018
1030 Assessing in clinical specialties, public health and quality improvement (group work)
1130 Presentations and feedback
1200 Lunch / walk
1300 OSCE Stations and quality improvement (group work)
1530 Presentations and feedback
1600 Next steps in assessing and support

Course 3Sustainable Quality Improvement and Interprofessional Working
Use case examples to integrate concepts of ‘sustainable value’ into quality improvement teaching

1000 Teaching students how to study the system: environmental resource use and impacts
1030 Teaching students how to study the system: social capital and social impacts
1100 Sustainable quality improvement: worked example
1200 Lunch / walk
1300 Student projects to measure the ‘triple bottom line’ (financial, environmental, social resources) 
1330 Applying 4 principles of sustainable clinical practice 
1500 Teaching SusQI: tips and tricks
1600 Next steps and support