Sustainability in Quality Improvement Education project

CSH is running a two-year project (2019-21) in partnership with King's College London (KCL), the Health Foundation and Health Education England to support the integration of sustainability into undergraduate and postgraduate education on healthcare quality improvement.

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.

2019-20 presents a unique window of opportunity to embed sustainability in QI education for a generation of doctors, as 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.

Through the project, CSH has appointed an Education Fellow, Dr. Stuart D'Arch Smith, and together we are working closely with key partner institutions (including KCL and Severn Foundation School/UK Foundation Programme Office) to:

  1. Demonstrate the inclusion of sustainable healthcare principles within undergraduate and postgraduate QI education 
  2. Evaluate the impact of this inclusion on learning and on engagement with QI.
  3. Accelerate the adoption of successful approaches by UK universities, Foundation Schools and other providers of QI education. 

Learning will be shared real-time via the Sustainable Healthcare Education network and national workshops are already planned in March 2020 (at KCL) and September 2020 (pre-conference workshop at AMEE conference in Glasgow).

For more information, or if your institution would like to be considered for as a demonstration partner, please contact frances.mortimer@sustainablehealthcare.org.uk.

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.