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Leadership Programme for Sustainable Development in the Health and Care Sector

There are no seminars scheduled for 2016 or 2017.

"A truly inspiring two days, thank you, with many very practical examples of how things can be taken forward."

Yvonne Campen, Associate Director Partnership and Transformation,
South Essex PCT


Leading a sustainable health system in a resource-constrained world

Since 2011 the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the Sustainable Development Unit for health, public health and social care have developed a programme to provide high-level workshops and a network for health sector leaders internationally. The workshops discuss how environmental changes and social trends are creating new strategic imperatives for health and help health professionals explore co-benefits of approaches that enhance environmental sustainability, health and financial savings. To date, three annual seminars have been delivered involving approximately 110 health care professionals who are now part of a growing global network.


The social and environmental forces shaping the future of human health and well-being are rapidly evolving and there is a growing recognition that traditional models of health care are not sustainable. The health care sector has recognised both the threats and opportunities that these and other sustainability challenges pose to the health and well-being of current and future generations. Addressing these requires a systemic approach that considers these trends as part of a large changing system: an ageing population, limited resources and financial constraints, increasing public and professional expectations, as well as new technologies, rules and regulations.

These significant risks are accompanied by significant opportunities. For example, early action to reduce carbon emissions and natural resource depletion can provide multiple benefits for the health of individuals and populations and for the benefit of the health system itself. Better models of patient care can empower patients and the public, offering real incentives to promote health and prevent illness, bringing direct cost savings, and building resilience into all aspects of the health sector. 

This programme looks at patient care and health outcomes as the starting points and recognises that the challenges and solutions to health and well-being in the 21st century are inextricably linked to our social, physical and economic environment.

Dr Emily Shuckburgh, British Antarctic Survey: Health & Climate Change