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

Preparing Medical Students to lead a Sustainable Healthcare System

Education about the links between climate change, sustainability, health and healthcare in medical training is rare. This project of collaborative curriculum development enlisted medical students, academics and practitioners to explore and articulate priority learning outcomes and develop educational materials for sustainability in healthcare to use in medical schools across the UK and abroad. 

Sustainable Development Strategy. Consultation open until 5pm 31st May

Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health and Care System 2014 - 2020 : Consultation

The Sustainable Development Unit is running a consultation and engagement programme in order to produce a new Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health, Public health and Social Care System to 2020.  
The consultation closes at 5.00pm on 31 May 2013.  The new strategy will be launched in January 2014 and will cover the period 2014 to 2020.  

Building on the Carbon Reduction Strategy the new strategy is not just for the NHS but embraces the whole health, public health and social care system. It will define where we need to be on the path to sustainable health care by 2020 and the measures and targets against which progress will be measured.

The consultation can be found at http://www.sdu.nhs.uk/sustainable-health/engagement-resources.aspx

This is just a reminder to complete in the next few days if you can. We understand the SDU has had a tremendous response from institutions and individuals. This is a invaluable opportunity to help 'future proof' the system and ensure your views on the most important, practical and priority issues are heard.

Junior Doctor Sustainability Fellow

My name is Amy and I am the junior doctor ‘Sustainability Fellow’ for the Severn Deanery in the UK. It is a new post this year so I have a blank slate to work with. It is a post I have taken on in addition to being a full time junior doctor. My job description is to use my role as a clinician to help promote sustainable working practices in the deanery and thus reduce carbon emissions.

I am in post for two years and I have a lot of time and energy to put into projects. I am keen to get ideas from other people about sucessful sustainability projects they have been involved in. If you have any such ideas then please let me know.

Thanks for your help! 

Severn Deanery wins Green Award

Congratulations to the Severn Deanery, which has been placed in the top three for Bristol Zoo’s Walk of Fame ‘Green Team’ award! Innovative activities over 2012 have included the GP Sustainability Scholarship Programme, the Sustainability Foundation Fellowship for junior doctors and a study into the carbon footprint of travel associated with GP training programmes in the South West.

Last chance to contribute to a medical curriculum for sustainable healthcare!

The deadline for responses to the online consultation on sustainability in medical education has been extended to 10th April 2013. Responses have so far been received from medical students and trainee doctors as well as from individuals and organisations involved in undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

Public Health Registrar Sustainable Development Network

The Public Health Registrar Sustainable Development Network is comprised of a group of Public Health Registrars across the UK. The foundations of the network were developed by Fiona Head and Kate Charlesworth, who developed a nationwide education programme on environmental sustainability. Since then, the network has grown, with members from each of the training regions in England, alongside Specialty Registrars from Scotland and Wales. The network meets regularly through telephone meetings chaired by James Smith and Stephen Dorey.

Ed Davey, The Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, visits CSH

When we asked whom Ed worked with in the Department of Health his honest reply was that Health was not a department that he frequently links with because there are so many others. The policy of the government at present is to concentrate on directly cleaning up the sources of energy emissions as a priority as well as beginning to tackle the housing stock via the Green Deal, while delaying work on what they admit are important but longer term issues such as wide scale reduction in demand and greener technologies for aeroplanes. 


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

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

Past Meeting

Date: Tuesday 1st August 2017 4.30pm BST

Chair and Host: Perry Sheffield, New York, USA

Scribe: SanYuMay Tun, London, UK

Present: Sarah Walpole, Congo/UK; Stefi Barna, Bangalore, India; Caroline Wellbery, Washington DC, USA; Evans Tembo, Belgium/Zambia; Rachel Stancliffe, Oxford, UK;

Apologies: Karina Pavao, Brazil; Maryam Omar, UK; Andrea Rother, South Africa; Bob Woolard, Canada

Minutes: (agenda items in bold)

Introductions, review of last meeting

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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