The SFERIC Programme

CSH has partnered with NHS Wales Shared Services Partnership, Cardiff and Vale UHB, the Green Health Wales Network and the Dragon's Heart Institute to offer a 12-month scholarship programme focused on sustainable healthcare procurement.

SFERIC: A Sustainability Fellowship for Engagement, Research, Innovation and Coordination

What is a SFERIC Scholar?

A SFERIC Scholar is a health professional or health service manager who commits time to work on a sustainability project over the course of a year and is based in a host organisation, such as a Health Board.

Scholars are supported by CSH through our range of in-house resources including training courses and materials, web-based networking tools, online case libraries, and our sustainability in quality improvement (SusQI) toolkit.

Example outputs from the Scholarship include:

  • Case study of a quality improvement project
  • Changes to Health Board policy or working practices
  • Prototype or business plan for a sustainable innovation
  • Educational resource
  • Contributions to a national or local sustainability network – e.g. web meetings, blog posts, social media campaign
  • Publications, conference presentations

2021-2022 SFERIC Scholars

Cardiff and Vale UHB are currently piloting a group of 9 scholars who receive training as well as supervision by CSH and local supervisors. The programme will produce a series of action learning projects focused on sustainable healthcare principles and ready for local and national dissemination. Examples of the work so far include equipment reuse, patient pathway redesign and reduction in the use of metered dose inhalers.

  • Jackie Reynolds, Prescribing Advisor at Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Clinical Practice Pharmacist at Oakfield St Surgery
  • Sian Jones, Interim Operational Manager within Clinical, Diagnostics and Therapeutics Clinical Board
  • Vanessa Curtis, Nurse in Dermatology
  • Laura Burton, Dragons Heart Institute Innovation and Leadership Fellow and ENT Registrar
  • Catrin Simpson, Community Paediatric consultant, Clinical Lead for Sexual assault Referral Centre (Ynys Saff) and Regional Lead for Paediatric Sexual assault services
  • Jennifer Jenkins, Anaesthetic Operating Department Practitioner
  • Anna Gilfedder, CT1 in Anaesthetics
  • Jessica Notzing, ICU and renal medicine 
  • Jane Boult, Procurement Business Manager

Stay tuned for details about their projects later this year. NHS staff interested in setting up a local Fellowship or Scholar programme can learn more here.