Elevate your career and champion sustainability with the Chief Sustainability Officer Clinical Fellow Scheme

Calling all dedicated professionals—from midwives to physicians—a fellowship programme is offering a golden opportunity to reshape healthcare leadership and confront climate change head-on.

The programme, offered by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management has been established to identify and support clinicians with potential to develop as clinical leaders and sustainability champions of the future.

It offers clinicians, with a passion for sustainability, a unique opportunity to develop their leadership skills and positively impact the healthcare system’s green agenda. Those appointed to the scheme will work by engaging directly with the most senior leaders in the NHS, helping to embed net zero carbon principles in the delivery of care across the healthcare system.

Angie Willis,  a midwife at GWH says she jumped at the chance offered by the fellowship.  

“This gave me an opportunity to infuse my career with leadership development and sustainability passion. Four months into my 12-month secondment, working across our ICS, regionally, and nationally, we are actively reducing healthcare’s carbon impact, which equates to 4.4% of all UK emissions.

“Clinical Fellows on the scheme are tackling low-carbon care models, innovative sustainability nursing roles, wound care decarbonisation, e-bike schemes, social prescribing, and more.”

Candidates may submit an application for a place on the scheme during the recruitment period each year. Shortlisted candidates are interviewed, and successful applicants are seconded from their current employer to take up a fellowship role for 12 months, starting 1 September.

The climate emergency is a health emergency and requires our immediate attention. If we fail to take coordinated action on climate change, then we are failing to address the biggest health risk that we face as a society.

For more information and to register your interest follow this link: Chief Sustainability Officer’s Clinical Fellow Scheme. For a personal chat about Angie’s experience, get in touch at angela.willis5@nhs.net.

You can also watch a short film about the Fellowship here: Find out more from Dr Nick Watts, former Chief Sustainability Officer, NHS England, on why the scheme exists and why you should apply

Online workshops

Workshops for people on how climate change will impact on pregnancy and maternity services now and in the future will take place in February.

There is an educational workshop on Monday 19 February 12-1.30 which will include a CPD certificate of 1.5 hours via teams for anyone working in maternity services – from administration to doctors, Midwives to support workers and allied healthcare professionals. The workshop is aimed at anyone who wants to to come and learn, understand how climate change impacts on the health and wellbeing of pregnant women and how this will affect maternity services in the future.

Link for this meeting: Click here to join the meeting