A network for occupational therapy practitioners, students and educators interested in exploring sustainable practice and looking for resources. 

NHS Forest Conference 2015

We are delighted to announce our 2015 NHS Forest Conference on the 28th September at University Hospital, Birmingham. The theme is “The value of health and wellbeing at your green space” with agenda items including “how to make your green space more accessible” and “how to convince health professionals green space is a good idea”.

COT Code of Ethics expands section on sustainability

Last week saw the publication of the new COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct, which includes the following quote: 

'You should work as cost-effectively and efficiently as possible in order to sustain resources. Practitioners are encouraged ‘to re-evaluate practice models and expand clinical reasoning about occupational performance to include sustainable practice’ (WFOT 2012); for example, considering the health and wellbeing co-benefits of a low carbon lifestyle (Sustainable Development Unit 2014)."

NHS Sustainability Day 2015

Are you or your team doing anything to improve the sustainability of your practice for NHS Sustainability Day???

Why don't you think about entering it for the RCPsych Sustainability Award? You could also share it with the members Psych SusNet on NHS Sustainability Day....

Some Psych SusNet members have written a report for the College on 'Sustainability in Psychiatry'. This report is going to be launched next week for NHS Sustainability Day. 

RCPsych Sustainability Awards 2015

A Call for Entries for the RCPsych award Psychiatric Team of the Year: Outstanding contribution to sustainability

The RCPsych Awards mark the highest level of achievement in psychiatry. Has your team made any improvements in sustainability? Or do you know any teams that could be entrants for the award in your area? Let them know!!

The deadline for entries is Monday, 20 April 2015.

This house agrees…

What do the possibilities of sustainability and the reality of climate change mean for occupational therapy?  On the 21st November I had the privilege of spending the day with just some of the OTs who are enthusiastic about exploring these questions and future proofing OT services for patients. The first College of Occupational Therapy Sustainability Networking Session drew together OTs from a wide range of settings including mental health, children, social care, learning disabilities and those in education. It was a strikingly positive and stimulating day with sessions on the Sustainable Development Unit’s strategy led by Sonia Roschnik and a permaculture approach to OT from COT’s Genevieve Smyth.  A brighter future seemed more possible by the time we left for home. 

One week left to take part in the COT Code of Ethics consultation

The COT Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct are being reviewed and the new draft includes a quote from the WFOT position statement on environmental sustainability.  The consultation is open to BAOT members until 5th December and asks if sustainability has been sufficiently highlighted.  If you’d like to get involved with the consultation process you can do so here: http://www.cot.co.uk/standards-ethics/standards-ethics

Sustainability event at the College of Occupational Therapy- Friday 21st November

the event focussing on what Occupational Therapists could be doing to promote the Sustainable Strategy published in January 2014 was inspirational. there was plenty of fodder to help infrom future practice and i look forward to being part of the movement as we take this work on and continue to spread the word and ideas to help tackle climate change

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Personality disorder: using a recovery approach

This poster from the COT Annual Conference 2014 explores two Recovery Support Centres in Sussex, Bluebell House in Burgess Hill and the Lighthouse in Hove.  It briefly mentions 'triple bottom line' benefits of their recovery approach.  


Ben Whittaker, Jennie Hallett, Adele Huxley and Renee Harvey
May, 2014

The psychological effects of global warming

This very interesting report talks about the psychological impacts of climate change which are very worrying indeed.

It then calls for professionals in mental health to focus on this issue to bring insight and commitment to the general public before it is too late.

NWF
January, 2012

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The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS.

The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

Naturally Healthy?

On 2nd March CSH and the Ecosystems Knowledge Network delivered a Valuing Nature Programme event to ensure that tools and methods are available to

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