A peer network to support teaching sustainable healthcare and planetary health: (1) understand the links between human health and the environment; (2) develop skills to bring about a sustainable health service; (3) discuss the duty of a health professional to protect the health of the public in a time of global environmental change.

Free EdX course on Human Health and Global Environmental Change starting in May - register now!

One of the greatest challenges of our time is to address global environmental changes, such as climate change and biodiversity loss, that may harm the health of billions of people worldwide.

EdX https://www.edx.org/courses/HarvardX/PH278x/2013_Spring/about
January, 2013

URGENT! Med schools invited to join HEA bid for sustainability teaching

The SHE Network is inviting lead medical schools, deaneries and Royal Colleges to partner on an 18-month project to support implementation of sustainability learning outcomes in undergraduate and postgraduate medical teaching.  This is an opportunity to take a leadership position in sustainable healthcare education, building on several years’ work and ultimately benefiting the whole medical profession.

RCPsych Research Fellowship in Sustainability 2013-15 - applications invited

Applications are invited to an innovative two-year Fellowship in sustainability of mental health services, funded by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. The post is offered to specialist trainees in psychiatry as an “out of programme experience”. The successful candidate will work with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare and the College to take a lead role in this exciting new dimension of quality improvement, developing skills in clinical leadership, management and research.

Educating for Sustainable Healthcare - online consultation open

The Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE) Network is convening a national consultation on priority learning outcomes (PLOs) for sustainability in medical education, which has been prompted by the General Medical Council.  Help is sought in refining the PLOs, which trace a path from global environmental awareness to practical action in the workplace.  We are particularly keen to hear from medical educators and students, trainee doctors and those involved in curriculum development - no prior knowledge of sustainability required! 

Priority Learning Outcomes Project

Invitations have now been sent out to leaders in medical education and other representatives for a national consultation process to scrutinise and refine priority learning outcomes, aimed at integrating sustainability concepts into medical education programmes. These outcomes have been developed by a curriculum working group from the SHE network following discussions with the General Medical Council.

Atlas of Health and Climate: joint publication by WHO and WMO

On 29 October 2012 the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) published jointly an Atlas of health and climate that provides scientific information on the connections between weather and climate and major health challenges ranging from diseases of poverty to emergencies arising from extreme weather events and disease outbreaks.   

SHE Network update & invitation to telemeeting: 15 November 2012, 2pm

Members of this network are invited to join a telemeeting 2-3pm on Thursday 15th November 2012.

The meeting will review recent activity including the GMC curriculum consultation, Higher Education Authority curriculum development grant activities, upcoming SHE Workshops and other Meetings / Conferences / Publications.


RCP video on NHS environmental impact

Short animation to raise awareness of the NHS contribution to environmental issues such as climate change and air pollution, and encourage health professionals to look for environmentally friendly ways to practise.

Royal College of Physicians
September, 2018

Simulation Exercises Teaching Clinical Skills and Knowledge of the Health Effects of Climate Change

We describe a clinical-skills based approach to teaching medical and public health students the health effects of climate change.  This resource presents eleven simulation exercises used with over 100 students, and reports on the students' work.  Students are eager to learn clinica

Warren Lavey, JD, MS, adjunct associate professor at the University of Illinois; Holly Rosencranz, MD, FACP, clinical associate professor at the University of Illinois College of Medicine
September, 2018

Sustainability in Quality improvement - 2 articles

2 papers published in the Future Healthcare Journal put forward a simple approach for incorporating sustainability into mainstream QI methodologies: the ‘SusQI’ framework. 

Mortimer F, Isherwood J, Wilkinson A, Pearce M, Kenward C, Vaux E. Future Healthcare Journal, 2018
June, 2018

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


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

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.



Past Meeting

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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