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Education for sustainable healthcare: From rhetoric to action

Date:  Saturday 28 August 
Time:  0930-1230


  • Kay Leedham-Green
  • SanYuMay Tun
  • Frances Mortimer
  • Omnia El Omrani
  • Judy McKimm


Summary of Theme and Why it is important: There is growing consensus that healthcare professionals and organisations need to be both responsive and regenerative in the face of environmental, social and economic challenges. NHS England has committed to net zero carbon and graduating medical students are required to demonstrate their ability to practise sustainably and improve the sustainability of healthcare. Other healthcare systems and professions are following. There remain questions on how to translate educational rhetoric into action.

This workshop addresses three questions:

1) What are the barriers and facilitators to establishing sustainable healthcare as an educational focus in your context? Discussion with online contributions, facilitated by SanYuMay Tun a UK academic GP and Omnia El Omrani a medical student from Egypt.

2) What does excellence in education for sustainable healthcare look like? Short case studies presented by Frances Mortimer, Clinical Director of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare in Oxford. Participants will be invited to describe or link to examples of excellence within their context using the online chat.

3) How can we translate theory to practice in our local contexts?

Participants will work together using an online Miro collaborative board on areas relevant to their context and expertise: addressing role identity and cultural barriers, curricular positioning and faculty development, hierarchies and structural inertia, constructive alignment, educational activities and assessment strategies.

Summary and concluding remarks will be led by Professor Judy McKimm, Dean of Medical Education at Swansea University.

What participants will gain: We will share definitions and concepts, explore case studies of excellence, and co-create strategies for enacting education for sustainable healthcare locally. Outputs will be summarised and shared after the conference.

Attendees will be invited to opt in or out of having their anonymised collaborative contributions analysed as part of an ethically approved educational research project, and/or to contribute in other ways to the research.

Who should participate: Educators, clinicians and students with an interest in social, environmental and economic accountability.

Level of workshop:  Intermediate

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