A network of students and educators interested in preparing health professionals to build and work in a sustainable health service. 

Job ad - Project Manager: Food, Climate Change and Health (Medact)

Medact seeks to recruit a bright, confident and committed professional with an interest in public health, nutrition and climate change. This is a two year position to manage and implement a grant-funded project that will involve working closely with a range of partner organisations, including the SHE Network.

Educating for sustainable healthcare - SEDA funded project

Over the next 8 months, the SHE Network is running a free programme to support six "beacon" medical schools to develop and implement teaching and learning related to the Education for Sustainable Healthcare learning objectives. The programme is funded by SEDA and forms part of a small research project. 

Fossil Free Healthcare

Healthy Planet are launching a report on the health case for divestment from fossil fuels co-authored with MedAct, the Climate and Health Council, Medsin and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare - the launch will be part of a panel discussion event held at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on Tuesday 3rd February 6.30pm. Here are some of my thoughts on divestment and what it means for the health community. 

NurSus Toolkit: a teaching and learning resource for sustainability in nursing

This EU funded project seeks to reduce the carbon impacts of healthcare and to equip nurses in coping with the challenges of a changing climate by developing education resources.  The resources will be available for use in nursing curricula across Europe.  Education materials to support sustainabilty learning in European nursing are currently limited and nurse educators are often inadequately prepared to teach students about the connections between resources, climate change, sustainability and health.  Health academics from Plymouth, Holland, Spain and Germany began work in September and will continue until August 2017.  Over the three years there will be opportunities for nursing and healthcare practitioners and students to comment on content. 

Sustainable healthcare education published in the Lancet

The Lancet has this week published a letter about the curriculum for sustainable healthcare, based on work by CSH and the Sustainable Healthcare Education network over the last four years.  In a project co-led by CSH’s medical director, Frances Mortimer, learning outcomes were developed in response to a request from the GMC and refined through a two-stage national consultation, involving medical educators, clinicians, trainees and students in 2013.  The hope is that this will lead to increased consideration of the environmental determinants of health in undergraduate and postgraduate medical curricula.

Welcoming our Newest Intern, Brazilian medic Dr Karina Patricio

We are pleased to introduce our newest intern Dr Karina Patricio who is with us for six weeks from Brazil. Here she sets out why she has travelled here and what she is hoping to achieve....

I’m a Physician and Professor at a University in Brazil (Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu - FMB / UNESP - http://www.fmb.unesp.br), located within the State of São Paulo (240 km distant from the capital). My specilisation is in Public Health. I did a master degrees in Biological Science and post doc in Environmental Health.

Royal Colleges Demonstrate What Can Be Done on Sustainability

October saw the launch of Facing the future: sustainability for Royal Colleges, and the first seminar for Royal Colleges to come together to share their progress on sustainability. The seminar, jointly led by the CSH and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and kindly hosted by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, was packed full of an impressive array of initiatives being taken forward by some Colleges. 

Resource stewardship and the ethical duty to prevent waste

It was good to switch on Radio 4 last Thursday to hear a discussion on whether doctors have an “ethical duty” to prevent waste. The debate was prompted by the launch of a new report commissioned by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and co-authored by my colleague, Dr Daniel Maughan, RCPsych Sustainability Fellow 2013-15.

At first glance, you might think there is nothing new in suggesting that health professionals have a responsibility to reduce waste. But the truth is that the prevalent medical culture does not emphasise the role of clinicians in maximising value from resources.

Nursing Sustainability by Design: On joining the sustainability team - the experience of a sceptic

We all know what it’s like, you feel you are bombarded with emails either requests to attend meetings, answer questions, reiterate information etc. and then there are the ones suggesting you may wish to attend events for your personal development or to improve your research involvement. What do we do…well mostly we delete however just occasionally one pops into that box that looks a little more interesting so you say to the team who is free who can go to this on our behalf and immediately wish you had kept quiet because it turns out you are the one with the gap in your diary.


Educating for Sustainable Healthcare - Priority Learning Outcomes

The priority learning outcomes for environmental sustainability in medical education were developed in response to a request from the General Medical Council and refined through a two-stage national consultation, involving medical educators, clinicians and students, and are now referenced from th

SHE Network
June, 2013

Case studies of teaching on climate & sustainable healthcare in medical schools 2011-12

This document has a set of case studies from UK medical schools that have been trying out ways of teaching medical students about the links between climate, sustainability and health.  Most of the ones included are SSCs (student-selected components) apart from Liverpool, which has integrated

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2013

Making Sense of Social Prescription

The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.

August, 2017

Internationally relevant learning objectives in SHE: Building an environmentally accountable medical curriculum through international collaboration

Background: Global environmental change is associated with significant health threats. The medical profession can address this challenge through advocacy, health system adaptation and workforce preparedness.

July, 2017


The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS

The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

International group working on Sustainable Healthcare Education - Next meeting outline

Upcoming October meeting for the SHE international working group - date and time to be confirmed - if you would like to attend please complete this doodle poll and you will be notified of the outcome in due course.



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Vision for the Sustainable Healthcare Education network (draft)

Please do make changes to the text, if you have edits to make, as well as posting comments underneath.

This is a draft mission statement of the Sustainable Healthcare Education network (SHE), developed by the core SHE team. It incorporates five year goals, but is for review and further discussion and development by network participants.

Sustainable Healthcare Education Network - Mission Statement

GMC consultation on the Medical Licensing Assessment - ends 30th April 2017

The GMC is consulting on the Medical Licensing Assessment which will apply to UK medical students, EEA and International graduates and aims “to create a single, objective demonstration that those applying for registration with a licence to practise medicine in the UK can meet a common threshold for safe practice.” (GMC-MLA consultation

Sharing advice about E-learning about environmental sustainability

There are many existing e-learning resources about environmental sustainability. It could be useful both for learners and for those planning courses if we can develop this list / 'catalogue' of e-resources.

If you have experience of using any of the below, or time to explore them, please add your comments - you can do so by logging in to the Sustainable Healthcare Education network, going to the 'wiki' tab, selecting this wiki, and then clicking on 'edit'.

International group working on Sustainable Healthcare Education

Following a workshop at AMEE 2016, medical educators and students from around the world have been working together to develop approaches to developing and delivering Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE).

The group includes representatives from Denmark, Brazil, South Africa, Canada and USA. So far, we have:

- worked to further explore the relevance of the SHE core learning objectives (developed in UK consultation by the SHE network) internationally, drawing on outcomes from the workshop, which included international participants

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Nov 11 2017, 9:00am - 5:00pm GMT
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Nov 22 2017, 9:00am - 5:00pm GMT
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