The impacts of the environment on health and healthcare should be part of the curriculum for all health professionals. The Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE) network is a fast-growing group of clinicians, academics and students who have been developing teaching materials - you can find these via the Resources tab above. Join the SHE network to receive emails and post content - please register via the link on the right of this page.
Sustainability fellows across the UK are currently looking at how we can support Deaneries and Medical Royal Colleges to improve sustainable development in their region or specialty.
Green solutions, ethical procurement and transforming models of care...Pathways to Sustainable Healthcare 17 - 19th Sept 2013 full programme details here.
Don't miss this opportunity - there are a few places left and it is not too late to register - come for one day or all 3 and network with the best in the field from all over the world. www.cleanmedeurope.org
Anna Watkinson-Powell has written a great blog on the Climate and Health Council Website describing the run up to the student's passing a climate change resolution. No 1 is for the inclusion of climate change and sustainability to be included in all medical curricula.
Following a two-stage national consultation, priority learning outcomes have been agreed for the inclusion of environmental sustainability in medical education.
There's now a facebook page and twitter account for September's CleanMed Europe conference - if you use social media, do follow them for new blogs as they published, along with news items and reports. Recently published are Rachel Stancliffe and Mahmood Bhutta's blog on whether should health professionals should lead on sustainability and Frances Mortimer's blog on Sustainable Clinical Practice.
You can also use these platforms to make contact with others who will be attending the conference, share your ideas, case studies and as a platform for online discussions about sustainable healthcare and how we can get to where we want to be.
The conference website is at http://www.cleanmedeurope.org/.
CleanMed Europe conference: Pathways to Sustainable Healthcare
The CSH, working with student groups Medsin and Healthy Planet, would like to invite a select number of students and trainee doctors to take an active part in the sustainable healthcare conference (CleanMed Europe) being organised for later on this year. As well as being the future and having an interest in what happens to both healthcare and our health as humans, you are also faster at learning and more open to new ideas than many who are already embedded in the healthcare system. Find out how to apply...
Education about the links between climate change, sustainability, health and healthcare in medical training is rare. This project of collaborative curriculum development enlisted medical students, academics and practitioners to explore and articulate priority learning outcomes and develop educational materials for sustainability in healthcare to use in medical schools across the UK and abroad.
5th june world environment day
WHO Bulletin article - "why are we failing to promote physical activity globally?"
Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health and Care System 2014 - 2020 : Consultation
The Sustainable Development Unit is running a consultation and engagement programme in order to produce a new Sustainable Development Strategy for the Health, Public health and Social Care System to 2020. The consultation closes at 5.00pm on 31 May 2013. The new strategy will be launched in January 2014 and will cover the period 2014 to 2020. Building on the Carbon Reduction Strategy the new strategy is not just for the NHS but embraces the whole health, public health and social care system. It will define where we need to be on the path to sustainable health care by 2020 and the measures and targets against which progress will be measured.
The consultation can be found at http://www.sdu.nhs.uk/sustainable-health/engagement-resources.aspx
This is just a reminder to complete in the next few days if you can. We understand the SDU has had a tremendous response from institutions and individuals. This is a invaluable opportunity to help 'future proof' the system and ensure your views on the most important, practical and priority issues are heard.