The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change is now are seeking applications for a dynamic and motivated Fellow to help shape and deliver a new commission on Net-Zero carbon surgery. The fellow will also support broader work on climate and health policy, and may undertake some work related to communicating health and climate change.

The Net-Zero carbon surgery commission is a partnership between the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change (UKHACC), Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare (CSH). Chaired by Professor Mahmood Bhutta (BSMS), this two-year project will bring together key stakeholders from a number of national institutions, and harness existing evidence and knowledge to deliver recommendations for policy makers, institutions and individuals.  The fellow will lead delivery of the commission in collaboration with the chair (including relevant project & stakeholder management, handling of evidence & report writing); support development of related education content; and lead delivery and implementation of key recommendations.  

This is a development role, with supervision, mentoring and shadowing experience through UKHACC and BSMS.  We hope the Fellow will become a future leader in this field.  Whereas a knowledge and interest in the topic of the commission will be helpful, formal  training in sustainable healthcare concepts and methods and how to apply them (such as Sustainable quality improvement and Carbon footprinting) will be provided through CSH online training courses. Support for research planning, data analysis and interpretation (and any ensuing academic publications) will be provided from BSMS. For an appropriate candidate, the Fellow will be offered honorary research fellow status at BSMS.

The UK Health Alliance on Climate Change brings together Britain’s leading health institutions, representing over 900,000 health professionals, to advocate for responses to climate change that protect and promote health. It includes many of the Medical and Nursing Royal Colleges, the Royal Society of Medicine, the British Medical Association, Faculties of health and the UK’s two leading medical journals The Lancet and The BMJ. The Alliance communicates the relationship between health and climate change to Government, the public and other health professionals. Climate change is the greatest health threat of the 21st century; our vision is that the threats to planetary health from climate change are minimised in a way that maximises potential benefits to health. UKHACC will be the host organisation for this role.

The Brighton & Sussex Medical School (BSMS) Sustainable Healthcare Group leads research examining environmental and societal harm from healthcare, for example to identify carbon hotspots within the operating theatre, evaluate impact of reusable versus single-use items, and quantify healthcare waste and decontamination processes. The group has led policy debates at national and international level.

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare offers strategic input and consultancy on sustainable healthcare research and practice to national and local programmes, including development of courses and education.

Support for this role is provided by the Health Foundation, committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK.

The ideal applicant will have:

  • Relevant degree-level qualification and experience 
  • Knowledge of the relationships between health or healthcare and climate change, and experience delivering projects on these topics – especially knowledge of surgery
  • Experience working with data (ideally both qualitative and quantitative) and evidence (including gathering, critical appraisal, analysing and synthesising evidence)
  • Ability to develop clear and compelling written and oral communications in English including reports and presentations to a range of staff including senior leaders
  • Project management experience including delivering change or quality improvement, an ability to organise themselves and their time, and to take detailed minutes of external meetings
  • Experience working with a range of high-profile stakeholders
  • A results-orientated mindset, with the ability to work to tight deadlines and adapt to changing situations
  • Ability to work with a range of computer systems appropriate to the demands of the role 
  • A willingness to learn and develop from this role
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team, seeking support and supervision when appropriate

Note: We are open to applicants from a range of backgrounds including health professionals and those without a health background. As this is a developmental role, the Fellow will not need to demonstrate competency in every single aspect of the job description and will be supported with aspects not currently within their skillset. 

To apply:
Please contact with the subject line ‘Application for Fellow role’ by 30 November 2021, with your CV, a cover letter of no more than two pages and a sample of written work, detailing your interest and experience in relation to the job description. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview, to be conducted during on 15 December 2021

Preferred Commencement: January/February 2022
Location: The role can be undertaken remotely by someone based anywhere in the UK, but some face-to-face meetings are expected, likely to take place in London and Brighton.
Duration: This role is for 24 months, subject to a performance review at six months.
Salary range: £40-44K, pro rata if part time.

The successful candidate might be seconded from another organisation. We are willing to consider flexible or part time working, or job share. 

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