Carbon-neutral healthcare? Teaching environmental sustainability in quality improvement

 
Date:  Sunday 6 September 2020
Time:  0930-1230
Location:  Alsh 2, SEC Loch Suite
 
Facilitators:

  • Frances Mortimer, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, UK
  • Stuart D’Arch Smith, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, UK
 

ABSTRACT:
 
Summary of theme and why it is important:  A growing number of medical bodies have challenged governments to address the health threats posed by climate change. The Paris Agreement mandates reductions in national greenhouse gas emissions that will require significant changes in the way we deliver healthcare: the health sector is currently responsible for 4-6% of each nation’s emissions. The coming decade brings a tremendous opportunity to improve the way that medicine is taught and practiced, for the good of patients, staff, and the planet. Quality improvement (QI) teaching offers an efficient way to introduce students to emerging practices in sustainable healthcare. For the past ten years the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has helped clinicians, educators and curriculum designers sustainable healthcare knowledge, skills and values into medical education. This workshop will share resources and lessons from the first year of our SusQI education project, followed by hands-on practice.
What participants will gain:  This workshop enables participants to: 1. Map priority learning outcomes for sustainable healthcare onto their teaching 2. Design quality improvement projects for students which address low carbon alternatives, lean services, patient self-care and prevention 3. Integrate sustainable quality improvement principles and practice into assessments “This SSC was a great addition to my medical course, it was a lot of work at times, but I felt like I have really made a difference, and due to the nature of my project I felt like I was acting as a professional in the NHS which was very exciting and rewarding.” Student, SSC 2018 “We recommend that medical schools incorporate QIPs to address the delivery of teaching on sustainable healthcare within the current curriculum [...] to empower students to be a force for change.” Aaran Patel & Aparna Joshi (2019) Teaching sustainable healthcare in the medical education curricula: Student perspectives, Medical Teacher,
Who should participate:  Sustainable healthcare principles and practices are relevant to all specialties in medicine. Specific examples will be shared from Nephrology, Anaesthetics, Surgery, Mental Health, Respiratory Care, Dentistry, Ophthalmology and Family Medicine. Specific plans can be developed for each of the attendees specialities and teaching contexts.
Level of workshop:  Introductory / Intermediate

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