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

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

BMJ Blogs on Sustainability: What has Climate Change got to do with Mental Health?

Daniel Maughan, the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Sustainability Fellow looks at the evidence of how climate change is impacting on mental health in the latest BMJ Blog coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. If you are interested in writing a blog on health and sustainability to go on the BMJ website, go to the BMJ Blog webpage on our website to find out what is required and to see past blogs.

 

NHS Forest is shortlisted for HSJ Awards!

The NHS Forest has been shortlisted for an HSJ award in the "Improving Environmental and Social Sustainability Category". With over 1300 entries this year we are very pleased to have got through the first round. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the dedicated staff working at our 130 NHS Forest sites who have helped make this project such a success!

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

CareLand

CareLand is a pioneer group of Portuguese-Spanish, working on promotion and research of the effects of what nature’s conservation has on health and wellness.

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Making Sense of Social Prescription

The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.

August, 2017

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

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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.

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