"NurSusTOOLKIT is the crystalisation of the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s exploration of what sustainability means in the health education context. It's a journey that began when we used our research to develop a sustainability scenario and evaluated this with students on the child health nursing course. Then our colleagues in other disciplines got involved, creating sessions that brought together nursing, design and architecture students to work on cross-disciplinary projects that challenged them to consider the impact of climate change on the NHS."
Professor Janet Richardson on the NurSus TOOLKIT:
Climate change is a huge challenge in health care – but this new resource will help nurses and health professionals face it.
The NurSus project has involved collaboration with international partners. The project will enhance the sustainability literacy and competency in nursing education through the development of a teaching and learning resource, the NurSusTOOLKIT. The £359,039 project is funded through Erasmus+ and involves Plymouth, Esslingen (Germany), Jaen (Spain) and Maastricht (the Netherlands) universities.
This online platform provides a host of materials to put climate change and sustainability at the heart of healthcare training.
For example, one exercise asks students to consider how they could continue to deliver healthcare if equipment made from plastic was no longer available. Other activities are designed to make links between staying healthy and caring for the environment.
The toolkit is the outcome of a three-year collaboration between the University of Plymouth and universities in Esslingen (Germany), Jaen (Spain) and Maastricht (the Netherlands), funded by European Union programme Erasmus+.