Green Space and Health
Green space contributes to physical and mental wellbeing and offers therapeutic benefits for recovery from illness. This foundation course explores the evidence and illustrates how you can integrate these into your own practice. The course is intended for health and social care professionals in primary, secondary or social care, including those working in mental health and rehabilitation and those who want to improve staff wellbeing in any setting.
Our foundation courses are intended as an overview of the field for health and social care staff at any level who are new to the concept of nature-based interventions and/or sustainable healthcare.
Research from around the world demonstrates the benefits of green space for mental and physical health, recovery from illness and prevention of long term medical conditions. Access to green space is increasingly recognised as a social determinant of health and a factor in health inequalities. ‘Green' prescriptions are increasingly being used by healthcare professionals to deliver health benefits for patients. This course explores the evidence base and its implications for healthcare and the design of clinical settings. It showcases examples of green prevention and therapy and illustrates how you can integrate these into your own practice.
- Understand the complex relationship between human health and the health of the natural world.
- Summarise the evidence on the health benefits of engaging with green space.
- Describe the principles of nature-based interventions.
- Understand how this knowledge can be applied to promote health and healing in the community and healthcare settings.
- Identify your own local ‘green space for health’ initiative.
- Workshop: 23 November (Thur) 13.00-17.00 GMT