Education and training
We provide training in sustainable healthcare and planetary health for health professionals in educational institutions, professional bodies and healthcare organisations.
Clinical scholarship programmes
CSH scholarship programmes offer clinicians the opportunity to develop sustainable healthcare skills in the context of the NHS. The scholarship offers bespoke training and project work with CSH and a range of partner organisations. If you would like to know more, please contact Frances Mortimer.
Sustainability School - Workshops and Masterclasses
CSH Sustainability School offers interactive, applied training courses on sustainability, health and healthcare. Using real-life examples, health professionals explore how to work with partners to incorporate environmental sustainability into health programmes, healthcare facilities management, clinical care pathways and quality improvement. Intensive, small-group exercises are used to develop confidence and provide the opportunity to hone advocacy, partnership working and strategy development skills.
Feedback from previous sessions:
‘"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"
"I would 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!)"
Sustainability in quality improvement
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. Find out more here.
We provide content and pedagogical design advice for online learning materials. Resources developed to date include:
- BMJ Learning modules on climate change and health (The basics of climate science and the impacts of climate change and The role of the healthcare professionals)
- Royal College of Psychiatrists online module on the social role of doctors (by RCPsych Sustainability Fellow Dr Daniel Maughan)
- E-learning session on sustainable dentistry for Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex, available to NHS dental professionals and students free of charge on the e-Learning for Healthcare national platform here.
- Health effects of climate change open access online module (Stefi Barna)
- Open access learning materials based on the SusQI framework (funded by North Bristol NHS Trust)
Sustainable Healthcare Education Network
The Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE Network) is an international group of clinicians, academics and students preparing health professionals to produce an environmentally sustainable health service. Guided by a national Steering Committee, chaired by UCL Professor Anthony Costello, it’s aims are:
- To assist health professional educators to develop and deliver sustainable healthcare education
- To support health professional schools to incorporate sustainable healthcare education into curricula
- To influence (inter) national requirements for the integration of sustainable healthcare into health professional education
The network enables communication and resources for teaching and curriculum development on sustainable healthcare and planetary health. The SHE Network is open to people from all disciplines, although its early work has focused mainly on medical students and doctors in training.
The SHE Network began in 2009 by sharing examples of existing practice on teaching about the links between climate change and health among UK medical schools. In 2010 we developed undergraduate teaching materials, conducted workshops and provided advice to a dozen interested medical schools, and in 2011-12 case studies were collated.
In 2011, the GMC requested recommendations from the SHE Network for priority learning outcomes on sustainability in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education. Draft recommendations were developed and were refined through a national consultation in 2012-13. The final consensus priority learning outcomes were published in The Lancet and informed the development of the GMC's Outcomes for Graduates 2018, which require that “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.” Our priority learning outcomes are provided as a reference from GMC Outcomes for graduates: Further reading.
In 2015-16, the SHE Network coordinated "Education for Sustainable Healthcare: from Theory into Practice", a small SEDA-funded research project that supported eight "beacon" medical schools to develop new teaching on sustainability within their undergraduate course. The outcomes were published in Public Health in 2017, and as case studies.
For further information, please contact Stefi Barna.