Leadership skills for sustainability and health
The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is offering an interactive one-day course for up to 20 public health and other health professionals and trainees to develop leadership skills for environmental sustainability within and outside the health and care sector.
The Faculty of Public Health has accredited this activity up to 5 CPD credits.
“The Faculty of Public Health believes that sustainability and carbon reduction are fundamental to all core competency areas of the curriculum statement and are essential to ensure continuing improvement of quality public services” (PHSTC 2015)
Human health is inextricably linked to the health of the earth’s natural systems, which determine the air we breathe, the food we can grow, the spread of disease and much more. Currently, many natural systems are being disrupted on both a local and a global scale as a result of human activities – including healthcare delivery. This complex set of relationships is sometimes referred to as ‘planetary health’ and is increasingly recognised as a critical perspective in health improvement and protection.
The Public Health Specialty Training Curriculum (2015) reflects the central importance of sustainable development to health and the role of public health professionals in driving change, requiring trainees to “demonstrate leadership in environmental sustainability with a focus on the links to health and climate change”.
Drawing on real-life examples, this course will explore in-depth how health professionals can work with partners to incorporate environmental sustainability into public health programmes, healthcare facilities management and clinical care pathways. Intensive, small-group exercises will develop confidence and provide the opportunity to hone advocacy, partnership working and strategy development skills.