EDUCATION. In early November Sahlgrenska Academy will be visited by the Centre for Sustainable Health Care (CSH), Oxford, a leader in integrating sustainability. All employees interested in learning more about the climate impact of health care are invited to seminars and workshops providing practical tips on how to incorporate greater sustainability in education and practices.
At a luncheon seminar on Monday, November 4, representatives from the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare will make an inspiring and practical presentation about how the health care and medical services sector can promote sustainable development goals. To make the seminar more relevant, the speakers will adapt the examples presented to the participants’ subjects. That afternoon, after the luncheon seminar, the representatives will also conduct a workshop in which Sahlgrenska Academy’s teachers can try out concrete educational models that CSH has developed for medical and health sciences training. The lecture will also be presented on Monday afternoon, with coffee being served. On Tuesday afternoon, November 5, a longer public lecture will be delivered with an integrated workshop, where the main focus will be on students at Sahlgrenska Academy.
The calendar contains more detailed information:
- Luncheon lecture – Introduction to Sustainable Health Care Work, Act!Sustainable
- Workshop – Pedagogics for the Integration of the SDGs in Medical Higher Education, Act!Sustainable
- Coffee lecture – Introduction to Sustainable Health Care Work, Act!Sustainable
- Public lecture – What can we do about the climate impact of the health care sector?, Act!Sustainable
The public lecture will be broadcast live online, and one of the lectures will be filmed for later viewing.
Sustainability and health are related
Health care and medical services have a major impact on the climate, and an increasing number of stakeholders in the sector have committed themselves to greater sustainability in their operations. From ecological, social and economic points of view, sustainability is a key issue for health care and medical services that relates to the fundamental objective of promoting the population’s health.
“Of course, those of us who train the future staff and managers of health care and medical services need to emphasize the sustainability issue and relate it to our students’ future professional role,” says Gunilla Priebe, who convenes Sahlgrenska Academy’s network for sustainable development. “As teachers and researchers, we need to increase our awareness of Sahlgrenska Academy’s role in a sustainable society.”
Many of the courses taught at Sahlgrenska Academy have integrated sustainability aspects in their teaching, but none of the programs at the undergraduate level have come so far in the process that they consistently incorporate a sustainability mindset in their teaching.
The Centre for Sustainable Health Care, an independent foundation associated with the University of Oxford, works primarily by commission of the British National Health Service (NHS). CSH has about 50 affiliated researchers who develop sustainability solutions for various aspects of health care and medical services and also educational tools to train doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists, occupational therapists and public health professionals. Their works have been published in The Lancet and elsewhere.
“CSH has developed a practical assignment called Clinical Pathways, for example, in which students follow a patient’s path through the health care system,” says Environmental Coordinator Mats Sandberg.
“An example of the sustainability issue, with which students might identify in the exercise, could be a specimen taken in primary care that is then transferred to a specialist clinic. This results not only in a delayed diagnosis for the patient, but also increased costs and material consumption for duplicate testing, a burden on the patient’s everyday life in the form of absence from work, duplication of care and more transportation of patients and specimens. All this comes about if coordination among different agencies in health care is deficient.
- View the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare’s list of publications: https://sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/resources/publications.
- Watch a short video presentation about CSH with a focus on initiatives taken in kidney treatment: https://youtu.be/KlT4kP8WSms
TEXT AND PHOTO: ELIN LINDSTRÖM