New Sustainable Dentistry e-learning resource launched today!

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A new session on sustainable dentistry has been released on the award winning e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) platform.

Released today, on NHS Sustainability Day 2016, the resource provides an introduction to climate change and explores the main principles of sustainable practice and their application in dentistry. It encourages clinicians and managers to make sustainable choices and identifies practical tools and resources to support this.

The material can be accessed by the dental team free of charge on the e-LfH website which provides 24/7 access to nationally quality-assured materials on a wide range of topics in health and social care including dentistry. These sessions utilise an engaging and interactive presentation style using images, video and animation as well as self assessment to help build knowledge and understanding.

The NHS has a carbon footprint of 22.8 million tonnes CO2e per year. This includes emissions from building use, travel, purchasing of goods and services and commissioning1. Dentistry contributes 3% to this footprint2 which equates to 0.9 million tonnes CO2e per year. With climate change reported to be the biggest threat to global health in the 21st century3, sustainable healthcare is more relevant now than ever.  Training in this area is becoming increasingly valuable as the need to improve value from finite resources and move towards low carbon, high-quality models of care becomes more apparent.

The e-learning resource has been developed by dentists, Dr Devika Vadher and Dr Divya Verma, working with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH) as Sustainable Dentistry Scholars – part-time roles funded by Health Education Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

The launch of the e-learning resource coincides with NHS Sustainability Day 2016 on 24th March which is a nationally recognised day for action on climate change, engaging everyone across the NHS and social care systems.

References

1 Sustainable Development Unit. Carbon update for the health and care sector in England, 2015

2 Carbon modelling within dentistry. Public Health England and Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, 2016 (in press)

3 McMichael AJ, Woodruff RE, Hales S. Climate change and human health: present and future risks. Lancet. 2006 Mar 11;367(9513):859-69. Review. Erratum in: Lancet. 2006 Sep 2;368(9538):842

 

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