Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare - elearning for healthcare
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  • Centre for Sustainable Healthcare

About the Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare programme

NHS England has committed to reducing its direct emissions to ‘net zero’ carbon emissions by 2040, with most of the reduction by 2030. There are similar initiatives underway in Wales and Scotland.

The Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare (ESH) programme was developed with the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

It aims to provide the healthcare workforce with the knowledge and skills to deliver healthcare for financial, social and environmental sustainability.

About the elearning

This ESH elearning programme includes 3 elearning sessions.

  1. Building a Net Zero NHS describes the climate and ecological emergency, why it matters for health, and how healthcare contributes to it. It includes case studies of sustainable practices across all health professions.
  2. Sustainable Dentistry and Measuring Carbon in Healthcare describes the relationship between climate change and health and the application of sustainability principles in the dental setting.
  3. Environmentally Sustainable Anaesthetic Practice raises awareness of the environmental impact of healthcare and ways to use healthcare resources efficiently for healthcare professionals working within the operating theatre.

The sessions take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Certificates are available to download on completion of the sessions in each resource.

More information

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare develops methods to reduce healthcare costs and carbon emissions, while improving care quality and staff wellbeing. For ideas about next steps, see the website.

To read the delivering a Net Zero NHS report, please visit the Greener NHS website.

  • Frances Mortimer

    Frances Mortimer

    Medical Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
  • Stefi Barna

    Education Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
  • andi blackmore

    Andi Blackmore

    Programme Manager, Health Education England elearning for healthcare
  • Robin Pollard

    Rob Pollard

    Project Manager, Health Education England elearning for healthcare
  • Helena Tosh

    Helena Tosh

    Learning Designer, Health Education England elearning for healthcare
  • Scott Tyrrell

    Scott Tyrrell

    Animator / Graphic Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Rachel Gowland

    Rachel Gowland

    Stakeholder Office, Health Education England elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this elearning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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