Fellows and Scholars

As part of our Sustainable Specialties programme, CSH has created full- and part-time roles for clinicians. These Fellows and Scholars gain a unique opportunity to learn about sustainability, develop skills in leadership and quality improvement, and contribute to an exciting new dimension of healthcare. On return to clinical practice, they become life-long ambassadors for sustainability within their specialty.

To discuss creating a Sustainability Fellowship or Scholarship programme with your organisation, please contact frances.mortimer@sustainablehealthcare.org.uk.

Sustainable Surgery Fellow

Chantelle joined the CSH in September 2018 as the first Sustainable Surgery Fellow, facilitated by Health Education England. She is currently taking time out of ENT training for her PhD, focusing on improving the sustainable value of surgery. This will balance patient and population outcomes against the ecological, social and financial sustainability of surgery. She has a Masters of Research in Medical Research and was previously chair of the Brighton Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Chantelle will also work to advocate sustainable practice within surgery.

Fellow in Sustainable Quality Improvement

Dr Rosie Spooner is a Paediatric Trainee (St5) in Severn Deanery who has taken up the post of SusQI Education Fellow at CSH from 2020-2021. She comes from a background in environmental activism and previously established a hospital allotment society whilst a medical student in London. More recently she has worked within her acute NHS Trust to declare a climate emergency and is working towards establishing a sustainability working within the RCPCH.

Fellow in Sustainable Healthcare Education

Shashank Kumar is a PhD candidate in Curriculum and Pedagogy at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. His research explores how higher and adult education can enable responses to climate change that address social equality and ecological sustainability as fundamentally interrelated concerns. Shashank is a Senior Lecturer (on leave) in Education at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru, India. He will coordinate the 2020 re-design of CSH's Sustainability School.

Environmentally Sustainable Anaesthesia Fellow 2019-20

Cathy is an anaesthetic and intensive care medicine trainee in the North East. Her interest in environmental sustainability took off when she was elected as a member of the Group of Anaesthetists in Training (GAT) committee at the Association of Anaesthetists (AoA). Cathy sat on the AoA Environmental Task group  for three years, and through this learnt about how the anaesthetic speciality impacts on the environment and sustainability.

CSH Fellow in Education for Sustainable Healthcare 2019-20

Dr Stuart d’Arch Smith is a specialist registrar in psychiatry with South London and Maudsley NHS trust and is on sabbatical with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) to conduct an education fellowship.

W.I.S.E. Sustainability Scholar in Ophthalmology

Clare was appointed in March 2019 to CSH as the first Scottish Scholar in Sustainable Ophthalmology as part of CSH's W.I.S.E. (Welsh Ireland Scotland England) scholarship programme. Her scholarship is sponsored by Bausch + Lomb. As her scholarship project, Clare will roll-out the Eyefficiency tool across a few Scottish sites to measure productivity, carbon and cost of their cataract surgery.

W.I.S.E. Sustainability Scholar in Ophthalmology

Alexander was appointed in August 2019 to CSH as the first Welsh Scholar in Sustainable Ophthalmology as part of CSH's W.I.S.E. (Welsh Ireland Scotland England) scholarship programme, sponsored by Thea pharmaceuticals. He is currently a ST6 trainee in wales deanery. Alexander will be involved in rolling out the use of the Sustainable Cataract Surgical Services Auditing tool ‘Eyefficiency’ in the ophthalmology departments in Wales, helping units to improve productivity, cost, and carbon footprint of their cataract care.

Clinical Fellow in Sustainable Dentistry (Dental Public Health) 2017-19

Darshini joined the CSH in September 2017 to undertake projects that promote sustainability in the provision of dental care, and her scholarship is additionally hosted by Health Education England. She is a practising dentist who has recently completed her Masters in Dental Public Health, and hopes to pursue further training in this area. The projects she has been involved through the scholarship include developing a guide for dental practices and exploring the inclusion of sustainability in dental education.

Clinical Fellow in Sustainable Dentistry (Dental Public Health) 2017-18

Sara is a practising dentist working for the community dental service and in general dental practice, with a special interest in anxiety management and conscious sedation. Through this scholarship hosted by CSH and Health Education England she is keen to explore ways into how dental care provision can become more sustainable and enhance her knowledge of Dental Public Health and policy change.

Severn Deanery GP Sustainability Scholar 2015-17

Salini is a GPST3 trainee in the South West, and is the sixth Sustainability Scholar in the Severn Deanery School of Primary Care since 2010. Salini has a particular interest in social prescribing and developing a more sustainable approach to managing chronic health conditions, such as Type 2 Diabetes...

RCPsych Sustainability Scholar 2016-17

Dr Emma Brandish is a higher trainee in General Adult Psychiatry, based in Salisbury. Her scholarship is hosted by Wiltshire County Council working with both the local Public Health team and the Clinical Commissioning Group. Clinically she has interests in quality improvement, behavioural change and the comorbidity between mental health problems and substance use...

RCPsych Sustainability Scholar 2016-17

David is a higher trainee in General Adult Psychiatry working in Brighton for Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He is interested in exploring a sustainable approach to mental health service commissioning, and is working with Brighton and Hove CCG on a number of projects over the coming year.

RCPsych Sustainability Scholar 2016-17

Shiva is a higher trainee in Psychiatry of Learning Disabilities in Oxford and previously worked in emergency services for a number of years prior to joining Psychiatry training. She is one of five Scholars working one day per week on sustainability in mental health in 2016-17, and is looking forward to applying sustainability principles to the bio-psycho-social model of psychiatric care, as well as in clinical leadership and management.

RCPsych Sustainability Scholar 2016-17

David is a psychiatry trainee in South East London. Through his scholarship, he is working with a rehabilitation team at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust to pilot the use of videoconferencing to reduce travel and increase contact with patients placed out-of-area.

Severn Deanery GP Sustainability Scholar 2016-17

Jonathan is a GPST3 trainee. Currently based in Somerset, he is very keen to discover more about sustainability in primary care and in turn have an impact in this area. Jonathan is on the South West GP trainee committee and also represents trainees at the Somerset LMC. He has recently completed an MSc in topical medicine and international health. 

RCPsych Sustainability Scholar 2015-16

Arif is an old age psychiatry trainee in the north west. He was a GP for several years prior to his switch to mental health. He was one of four RCPsych scholars in 2015-16 and is working in tandem with Liverpool CCG on sustainable mental health (until the conclusion of his scholarship in October 2016). He is particularly interested in physical health outcomes in psychiatry and directing healthcare towards the community and primary care. 

RCPsych Sustainability Scholar 2015-16

Suhana is a dual higher trainee in old age and adult psychiatry, based in South London. Prior to working in mental health, she spent a few years training in A&E. Through the Scholarship, she worked with Brighton & Hove CCG to incorporate aspects of sustainability into their commissioning for homeless people...

RCPsych Sustainability Scholar 2015-16

At the time of his scholarship, Oliver was an ST6 in Older Adult Psychiatry, based in South London. His special interest is in sustainable healthcare and through the Scholarship he worked with City and Hackney CCG to implement a sustainable approach to commissioning in the mental health crisis pathway.

Read Oliver's mid-scholarship progress report on Psych Susnet here.

Severn Deanery GP Sustainability Scholar 2014-15

Through the scholarship, Charlie worked with the National Union of Students to lead the development of Green Impact for Health, an online evidence-based toolkit for sustainable action in general practice. He also formed a quality improvement team within his own practice which ran a project to improve the pre-operative care pathway for their patients.

RCPsych Sustainability Scholar 2015-16

Mike is a Higher Trainee in Psychiatry. In 2014 he became a sustainability representative after being recruited by MH Sustainability Fellow, Daniel Maughan. In this role he helped contribute to the Sustainability in Psychiatry Occasional Paper 57, and did research on reducing local did-not-attend rates...

Severn Deanery GP Sustainability Scholar 2014-15

Mark co-designed the National Union of Students'  Green Impact for Health online toolkit, which provides a programme for sustainable action in general practice. The team successfully piloted the scheme with seven GP practices in the South West, and presented 2 posters at the RCGP annual conference, as part of a national roll-out.

KSS Dental Public Health Scholar in Sustainable Dentistry 2015-16

In September 2015, Devika joined CSH to undertake projects in Kent, Surrey and Sussex promoting the role of sustainability in the provision of dental care. She is a practising dentist and Dental Public Health core trainee and, in addition to the Scholarship, was concurrently studying for an MSc in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene...

KSS Dental Public Health Scholar in Sustainable Dentistry 2015-16

Divya is a dentist working within community and  prison dental services. Among her achievements as Sustainable Dentistry Scholar 2015-16 was the successful integration of sustainability across a number of the e-Learning for Healthcare dentistry modules. Other sustainable dentistry interests include the collection/recycling of nitrous oxide, and tele-dentistry. 

RCPsych Research Fellow in Sustainability 2013-15

In 2013-15 Daniel took two years out of specialist training in psychiatry to work with CSH and the Royal College of Psychiatrists on sustainability in mental health, while studying for an MD at Warwick University.

Achievements as Fellow have included...

Green Nephrology Fellow 2010-11

Tara continued the work in kidney care through a six-month Fellowship in 2010. She supported ongoing work by Green Nephrology local representatives, documented additional case studies, organised a joint meeting on telemedicine with the RSM Nephrology Section...

Green Nephrology Fellow 2009-10

In 2009, Andy became the first ever Sustainable Specialties Fellow, when he completed a one-year programme working with CSH, the Renal Association and other partners on sustainability of kidney care. Andy founded the Green Nephrology network and recruited staff representatives in 80% of kidney units, carried out a national survey, published four detailed case studies of sustainable practice and undertook pioneering research into the carbon footprint of haemodialysis as part of his MD at Warwick University...