Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare

We are the first region in the country to have a faculty dedicated to environmental sustainability in healthcare – giving our trainees access to training and education so they can be at the forefront of change to reduce the environmental harm of clinical care.

The Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare, which is run by Health Education England North East (HEE NE) aims to improve awareness of the environmental impact of healthcare, provide an education offer that outlines best practice for sustainable healthcare and develop a network of champions to share best practice.

The Faculty provides opportunities to trainees that aren’t always on offer in other regions. Embedding sustainability into education and training also means we can support our future generations to make a real difference to the climate crisis we are facing and deliver a shared ambition to be the greenest region in England.

Check out a recent article about our Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare by the Royal College of Physicians, featuring chair of the Faculty, Dr. Elaine Winkley and postgraduate dean for the North East and North Cumbria, Prof. Namita Kumar


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What our trainees say

Many of our trainees are heavily involved in this work and we have fellowship opportunities for those interested in sustainable healthcare.

Alan Hilley said: “We are so lucky in the North East to have the UK’s first Faculty of Sustainable Healthcare. It has been such a rewarding experience working with the team to deliver innovative educational workshops, as well as creating a regional trainee green champions network”