Education and Training
We provide training in sustainable healthcare and planetary health for health professionals in educational institutions, professional bodies and healthcare organisations.
Courses in Sustainable Healthcare
CSH Courses are interactive, applied professional training opportunities to incorporate environmental sustainability into health programmes, facilities management, clinical care pathways and quality improvement. Using real-life case studies and small-group exercises, participants develop methods, metrics, tools, confidence and strategy development skills.
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.
Education for Sustainable Healthcare 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 requirements for the integration of sustainable healthcare into health professional education
Founded in 2009, the network has over 900 members who share 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. In 2011, the GMC requested recommendations 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” (see GMC Outcomes for graduates: Further reading). In 2015-16, we coordinated "Education for Sustainable Healthcare: from Theory into Practice", a 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.
Sustainability in Quality Improvement Education Project
Despite growing awareness and concern about the climate and ecological emergency, as well as Government and NHS commitments on carbon reduction, there remains a gap in knowledge and skills for sustainable healthcare among health professionals. Integrating sustainability into quality improvement (QI) offers a practical way to fill this gap: addressing environmental and ethical challenges in healthcare while providing a fresh motivation for staff to engage in QI and directing teams towards the highest value improvements. Medical schools have until summer 2020 to ensure that their curriculum meets new requirements on both sustainable healthcare and QI in the GMC Outcomes for Graduates 2018. This will align undergraduate education with future postgraduate training, as sustainability is also included in the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges’ new model QI curriculum. CSH Education Fellow, Dr. Stuart D'Arch Smith is working closely partner institutions:
- Demonstrate the inclusion of sustainable healthcare principles within undergraduate and postgraduate QI education
- Evaluate the impact of this inclusion on learning and on engagement with QI.
- Accelerate the adoption of successful approaches by UK universities, Foundation Schools and other providers of QI education.
Learning is shared via the Sustainable Healthcare Education network and national workshops in March 2020 (at KCL) and September 2020 (at the AMEE conference in Glasgow). For more information, or if your institution would like to be considered for as a demonstration partner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sustainability in QI Education project is supported by Health Education England, Kings College London and the Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.
Electives and Student Selected Modules
We offer 4-8 week practical elective placements for medical, nursing or allied health professions students. We can also deliver an SSM or SSC remotely. An example of one group's experiences can be found here. For more information contact Education Director Stefi Barna.
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
- Open access learning materials based on the SusQI framework (funded by North Bristol NHS Trust)