Priority learning outcomes for sustainable medical education
15 November 2012
A consultation seminar will be held on sustainable medical education to help research carbon reduction and help transform the health system to be more resilient and health-promoting.
The health service is facing a new and pressing challenge. With climate change already damaging the health of disadvantaged groups in the UK and abroad , the NHS is called upon to lead the way in carbon reduction and transformation to a resilient, health-promoting health system. Medical education and training are central to shaping a sustainable future for health, and HEFCE , the HEA , Royal Colleges and the NHS have called on universities to ensure that medical graduates are sustainability-literate.
The Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE) Network has brought together a national group of experts, which has drafted priority learning outcomes for undergraduate and postgraduate training in sustainability in healthcare. These learning outcomes integrate research findings from a range of research disciplines including: climate science, clinical epidemiology and social science thinking on the management of change. At the suggestion of the General Medical Council, the Network now proposes a comprehensive and rigorous consultation process to engage the wider medical education community in the refinement and application of these outcomes.
This consultation process has multiple elements including on-line surveys and interviews with key opinion-leaders. Central to the process is a consultation seminar. This is being designed to:
- engage key stakeholders with the draft learning outcomes,
- gain feedback to augment, revise and streamline the learning outcomes
- help us understand key opportunities and barriers to the implementation.