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Integrating sustainability into Quality Improvement to create a more ethical and sustainable healthcare system

Thank you for your interest in the SusQI Academy as a QI educator in healthcare education

The climate and ecological crisis represents the biggest threat to human health and wellbeing of the century. The healthcare sector has a significant carbon footprint, with the way we deliver clinical care impacting hugely on this. Whilst healthcare professionals are increasingly motivated to reduce the harmful environmental and social impact of our health systems, there remains a gap in knowledge and skills in how to deliver more sustainable healthcare. 

By joining the SusQI Academy your organisation has a unique opportunity to take decisive action. Integrating environmental and social sustainability into all health care professions QI education, training, and practice offers a practical way for all healthcare staff to contribute to building a more ethical, sustainable and net zero healthcare service, while improving care for patients. 

Why embed sustainability into your teaching programme?

Sustainability is included within:

  • The GMC outcomes for medical graduates 

  • The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges QI curriculum

  • The latest NMC Standards of Proficiency for Midwives

  • The world Federation of Occupational Therapists minimum standards for education 


These requirements have yet to be translated into widespread practice and NHS sustainability efforts continue to take place separately from organisational Quality Improvement. 


"This framework has radically altered how I approach quality improvement, in how I deliver quality improvement to the students I teach, in my own practice and in how I appraise the work of others."


Noreen Ryan, Domain Lead for Quality Healthcare, Imperial College London School of Medicine

Integrate Sustainability into your QI curricula, teaching programmes, and QI methodology

Develop sustainability aligned learning objectives, teaching resources, and QI initiatives

Develop the confidence of your staff to teach and use the sustainability principles in their QI work

Personal and team development to support students to be able to design and measure impact of sustainability in QI

 Achieve the criteria for CSH Established Beacon Site Accreditation

Tailored to the needs of your organisation/ programme, the Academy can help you to achieve the following

SusQI Workshop 

What the attendees say

- It was like a seed had been planted which I couldn’t shake off, now I can’t let it go.


- The interactivity helped me see practically how my project easily linked to planetary health.

- We didn’t really know about Green Plans but since this work, I’ve been able to contribute and support the development of ours.

- Since attending the SusQI course I take every opportunity I can to incorporate sustainability into discussions.

SusQI Academia/Teaching SuQI 

What the educators say

- We had a problem of thinking about how we could do it [incorporate sustainability] and SusQI kind of brought us the very perfect solution on how to start with it. 


- I think the SusQI ideology just fits in really's about thinking about the public health, thinking about the kind of health issues now and in the future.

- So the materials produced by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, they were really, really useful...We made just very slight changes into the [postgraduate] workshops, where we wanted to provide more concrete carbon footprint calculations... we had a [pre-course carbon-footprinting assignment and] used break out rooms for the students to try and solve the task..

- Understanding that we are allowed to talk about sustainability, because it’s considered a domain of healthcare quality, that gives permission for frontline clinicians to think about it.

For more details on the SusQI Academy structure and pricing click here 

Contact us


Hazel Walsh, Clinical Transformation Programme Manager

Please contact Hazel for further information or to schedule a Teams call.

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