Teaching Sustainable Quality Improvement

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 13:00 - 17:00

Health professions curricula increasingly require students and trainees to demonstrate skills for both sustainable healthcare and quality improvement. At the same time, achieving the NHS commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2040 requires healthcare staff to introduce changes in the workplace and innovate for further carbon reductions. 

This short course uses the ‘SusQI’ framework, developed by CSH, to help health professions educators and students to integrate sustainability concepts into mainstream quality improvement teaching. It meets curriculum requirements while also responding to growing concern about the need for the health sector to respond to the climate and ecological emergency, and lead by example.  The course is equally applicable to all health professions and to the undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Course structure: 

  • Part I. Self-study online 
  • Part II. Live workshop online 
  • Part III. Work-in-Progress workshop 

Upcoming course dates: 

  • Workshop: 24 May (Tue) 13.00-17.00 
    • Self-study period opens: 3 May 
    • Work-in-progress workshop: 4 October (Tue) 13.00-15.00 

Learning objectives: 

  1. Apply sustainable healthcare concepts to quality improvement education;   
  2. Identify ways to use SusQI to increase learners’ motivation for healthcare improvement;  
  3. Adapt examples of student-led Sustainable Quality Improvement projects to your teaching context;  
  4. Outline the steps for integrating sustainability into quality improvement: defining the problem, setting goals, studying the system, designing the improvement effort and measuring impacts using the triple bottom line;      
  5. Develop tools for assessment of student learning 

Participant feedback: 

“This framework has radically altered how I approach quality improvement, in how I deliver quality improvement to the students I teach, in my own practice and in how I appraise the work of others”     

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