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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
Our vision is that all healthcare graduates are able to explain the relevance of planetary health (1) and environmental sustainability to health and healthcare, and support (incorporate/create/enact) environmental sustainability in their workplaces and professional roles and duties.
Work with health professional educators and students to develop guidance and materials that can be used to facilitate effective teaching, learning and assessment for sustainable healthcare literacy.
Support healthcare schools to incorporate sustainable healthcare education into their curriculum and to implement and evaluate new teaching and assessment.
Work with regulatory bodies to integrate sustainability into guidance and assessments for undergraduate and postgraduate education, thus supporting moves to bring sustainable healthcare into mainstream teaching and assessment.
SHE is an international network which began in the UK and supports the development of sustainable healthcare education internationally. It aims to support the delivery of sustainable healthcare education for medical, nursing and allied health professionals, both through inter-professional education and development of discipline and specialty specific education. Its broader future aims are to support the integration of sustainability into all areas of education.
Goals for medical education (five years)
(goals for nursing and allied health professional education to be developed)
1. All UK medical educators and students recognise the relevance of sustainability in medical education. This will be achieved by supporting the GMC to incorporate the Priority Learning Outcomes (Appendix 1) into their guidance and assessments.
Measurement: Inclusion in the GMC Quality Assurance Framework (via one or more of these activities: review/visit/exploratory question/survey); reference to sustainability in guidance; assessment question bank including questions specific to sustainability and health.
2. All UK medical schools include environmental sustainability learning objectives within their curriculum and provide at least one sustainable healthcare education learning opportunity within their curriculum.
Measurement: survey of educators in SHE
3. SHE teams in each UK medical school include at least one student and one faculty member from every UK medical school.
Measurement: SHE network membership list
4. International membership would consist of at least one representative from an MBBS or post graduate medical organisation in all English speaking countries (either academic or student) . Measurement: SHE network membership list
5. A teaching bank of learning objectives, teaching materials/tools (e.g lesson plans) and assessments for sustainable healthcare education created and updated on the SHE website (for UK / International)
(1) Whitmee S, Haines A, Beyrer C, et al. Safeguarding human health in the Anthropocene epoch: report of The Rockefeller Foundation–Lancet Commission on planetary health. Lancet 2015; published online July 16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0140-6736(15)60901-1 “the achievement of the highest attainable standard of health, wellbeing, and equity worldwide through judicious attention to the human systems—political, economic, and social—that shape the future of humanity and the Earth’s natural systems that define the safe environmental limits within which humanity can fl ourish. Put simply, planetary health is the health of human civilisation and the state of the natural systems on which it depends"
(2) General Medical Council. Outcomes For Graduates (Tomorrow’S Doctors). London: GMC, 2015. Print.
Priority Learning Outcomes referenced in the GMC’s document Outcomes for Graduates .
1. Describe how the environment and human health interact at different levels
2. Demonstrate the knowledge and skills needed to improve the environmental sustainability of health systems
3. Discuss how the duty of a doctor to protect and promote health is shaped by the dependence of human health on the local and global environment