Update on SHE Network activities in 2011-12 - including award of HEA grant, GMC liaison, draft curriculum consultation, conference presentations and workshops, publications by SHE members. Download here.
SHE Network receives HEA grant - intern opportunity
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) have awarded a teaching development grant to support collaboration between academics and medical students in teaching about the links between health, healthcare and the environment. This will allow the SHE Network to pick up on work from 2009-11: mapping current activity in medical schools, developing case studies (including screencasts of teaching sessions rated by students as outstanding) and refining the draft curriculum proposed for national consultation. Internship opportunities with the SHE Network are offered via the University of East Anglia (Stefi Barna) and CSH (Frances Mortimer) - please enquire!
SHE Network moves online
The online network at http://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/sustainable-healthcare-education/ is now our primary means of communication and sharing resources. The network is open to students and educators from all health professions. Over the next couple of months, email addresses from the SHE email lists will be registered on the online network and the email lists will then be closed.
Curriculum recommendations to GMC & national consultation
At a meeting with the General Medical Council (GMC) in September 2011, the SHE Network was invited to develop recommendations for sustainable healthcare in medical education - with reference to all educational levels, from undergraduate to continuing professional development. A curriculum working group was formed and the final recommendations ("Sustainable Healthcare Priority Learning Outcomes") were welcomed by the GMC following their submission in January 2012. At the suggestion of the GMC, a national consultation exercise with medical education providers and regulators is now planned, to be coordinated by the SHE Network in 2012-13.
Upcoming SHE conference presentations and workshops
ASME (Brighton, 17 July) Workshop: Teaching sustainable healthcare: a holistic approach to the medical curriculum. Presenters: David Pearson, Stefi Barna. http://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/sustainable-healthcare-education/events/2012/07/asme-workshop-teaching-sustainable-healthcare
NET 2012 (Cambridge, 4 September) International panel debate: Improving population health in an unstable climate: The role of the educator. Diarmid Campbell-Lendrum (WHO), Stefi Barna (UEA), Ben Whittaker (CSH OT-Susnet), David Pencheon (NHS SDU), Benny Goodman (University of Plymouth)http://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/sustainable-healthcare-education/events/2012/09/improving-population-health-unstable-climate-role-ed
RCGP/SAPC Glasgow 3-6 October:
- RCGP fringe meeting on sustainability (details to follow)
- RCGP talk on Carbon Saving for GPs (details to follow)
- SAPC - Trevor Thompson will pitch "Resilience: a new metric for Primary Care" on the “Dangerous Ideas Soapbox” (3 Oct, 2.30-4pm)
- SAPC Workshop (to be confirmed)
Publications etc by SHE members
Stefi Barna, Benny Goodman and Frances Mortimer, The health effects of climate change: What does a nurse need to know?, Nurse Education Today (2012) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2012.05.012
Kate E. Charlesworth, Sumantra Ray, Fiona Head and David Pencheon, Developing an environmentally sustainable NHS: outcomes of implementing an educational intervention on sustainable health care with UK public health registrars, NSW Public Health Bulletin Vol. 23(1–2) 2012, http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=NB11018.pdf
Gillam, S and Barna, S. Sustainable general practice: another challenge for trainers. Education for Primary Care 2011 vol:22 iss:1 pg:7 -10 & pg:36 -7
Barna, S. Mortimer, F. Pearson, D. Greening the NHS at its roots: training tomorrow’s doctors for a sustainable health system. Journal of Holistic Healthcare Vol: 8 iss: 22 pg: 23-26, Aug 2011
Barna, S., McKenzie, J., Mortimer, F. Low-Carb NHS: Training and CPD for a sustainable health system. National Health Executive 2011 May/June.
Books (in press):
"Sustainable Healthcare" (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012) by Trevor Thompson, Knut Schroeder, Kathleen Frith & David Pencheon
“Human Health and the Global Environment” chapter(s) in upcoming Global Health for Tomorrow’s Doctors, Brian D Nicholson and Judy McKimm
MPhil Disseration: Teaching sustainable healthcare to tomorrow’s doctors: a mixed method analysis of medical school innovations in England. Caroline Tomes has kindly offered to share her thesis, completed in 2011 - you can find it under http://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/sustainable-healthcare-education/res...
BMA News Feature: A green revolution? BMA News 22 October 2011 edition, p10-11. Polly Newton talks to Frances Mortimer, Stefi Barna and members of the Sustainable Healthcare Education Network.http://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/sustainable-healthcare-education/resources/2012/06/bma-news-feature-green-revolution
SHE Teams Activity
Full update to follow on SHE team activity in 2011-12 (mapping in progress). The aim is for each medical school to be represented within the Network by a team comprising a clinical tutor(s), public health tutor(s) and medical student(s). If you are unsure of whether your medical school is represented, or by whom, please get in touch. (You can also visit the Members tab on the network).
We are pleased to welcome a new SHE Team from Hull York Medical School, represented by David Pearson (Associate Dean), Dr Sarah Walpole and medical student Jessica Thornton.
Thanks to everyone for all their work, please stay in touch and join in with SHE online and in person…
Frances & Stefi
12 June 2012
Dr Frances Mortimer, Medical Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
Ms Stefi Barna, Lecturer in Public Health, University of East Anglia
SHE Network Coordinators