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 and the HEE Northeast Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare to provide the healthcare workforce with the knowledge and skills to deliver healthcare for financial, social and environmental sustainability.

About the elearning

There are 3 sessions in the Environmentally Sustainable Healthcare programme, all presented through key concepts and case studies. Sessions 1 and 2 are suitable for all in the NHS healthcare workforce.

1. Building a Net Zero NHS
An introduction to environmentally sustainable healthcare.

By the end of the session, learners will be able to:

  • Describe how the climate emergency affects health
  • Explain the relevance of the NHS Net Zero plan to their work
  • Identify case studies that reduce waste and pollution

2. Environmental Sustainability in Quality Improvement
Integrating environmental, social and financial considerations into quality improvement.

By the end of the session learners will be able to:

  • recognise sustainability as a domain of quality
  • describe how sustainability adds value to each step of a QI process
  • identify the steps for embedding sustainability into quality improvement
  • identify appropriate resources for undertaking a sustainable QI project

3. Environmental Sustainability in Dentistry
Prepares dental care professionals and support staff in primary and secondary care to implement changes in practice that reduce cost and pollution while improving dental health.

By the end of the session learners will be able to:

  • Describe the contribution of dentistry to environmental degradation
  • Explain the relevance of the NHS Net Zero plan to your work
  • Improve carbon literacy and identify carbon ‘hotspots’
  • Identify case studies to reduce waste and pollution in your practice


Each session can be completed in approximately 30 minutes. Certificates are available to download on completion of the sessions.

More information

Learn more about “Delivering a Net Zero NHS” on the Greener NHS website

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare develops methods to reduce healthcare costs and carbon emissions, while improving care quality and staff wellbeing.

Learn more about the CSH.

  • Frances Mortimer

    Frances Mortimer

    Medical Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
  • Stefi Barna

    Stefi Barna

    Education Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
  • Victoria Stanford

    Victoria Stanford

    Sustainable Quality Improvement Education Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
  • Elaine Winkley

    Elaine Winkley

    Chair, Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare, Health Education England Northeast
  • Amarantha Fennell-Wells

    Dentistry Fellow, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
  • andi blackmore

    Andi Blackmore

    Programme Manager, NHSE, elearning for healthcare
  • David Williams

    David Williams

    Senior Project Manager, NHSE, elearning for healthcare
  • Stephen Gibbons

    Stephen Gibbons

    Lead Learning Designer, NHSE, elearning for healthcare
  • Kieron_Bradshaw_80x80

    Kieron Bradshaw

    Marketing and Communications Officer, NHSE, 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.

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