Sustainable mental health services will provide better outcomes for patients through prevention, empowerment, improving value and cutting carbon. We bring together people from across mental health and social care to share ideas and resources for sustainability.

Choosing wisely

Clinical decisions are often complex. There are many factors to take into account and many pressures within the health care context that pull us in different ways. Worryingly, there is increasing evidence of a general overuse of tests, interventions and procedures. In the United States as much as 20% of money spent in health care brings no benefit to patients. I spent the last week in Amsterdam at a “Choosing Wisely’ roundtable event which discussed how best to engage doctors with this important issue.

“Environment, Society and Health”. The RCPsych Sustainability Summit.

You can now book your place at the RCPsych summit. This Summit will bring mental health professionals together from across the UK, who have an interest in sustainability. This Summit will discuss the future of mental health services in relation to the economic, environmental and social resources needed to maintain high quality services.

The busy month of March

This month saw three big events on three subsequent days. On the 26th March I gave the evening lecture at the new college premises. On the 27th March (this is NHS sustainability day!!) I launched the development of the RCPsych sustainability policy at the RCPsych council meeting. On the 28th March, I invited David Cameron and Sue Bailey to the Warneford Hospital in Oxford to launch the use of a green reovery space.

EARTH HOUR

TURN OFF LIGHTS AND NON ESSENTIAL ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES THIS SATURDAY mARCH 29TH 8.30 PM TO 9.30 PM. BIG BEN AND OTHER LANDMARKS AROUND THE WORLD ARE TURNONG OFF.

IF ENOUGH TAKE PART SHOULD BE VISKIBLE FROM SOACE AND THOSE IN CITIES MIGHT GET A GLIMPSE OF SOME STARS IF LIGHT POLLUTION REDUCES ENOUGH. AT THE LEAST YOU CAN WATCH YOURELECTRICITY  METER SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY THE PEACE AND QUIET.

MORE INFORMATION and images AT WWF ( World Wildlife Fund)  WEBSITE .fOLLOW LINKS for  EARTH HOUR

 

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MH Service Sustainability Review Framework

This framework has been developed as a practical tool for service development or commissioning of sustainable mental health services.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Royal College of Psychiatrists
March, 2017

The Carbon Footprint of Mental Health Care

Case study: a service line analysis of Nottinghamshire Healthcare's carbon footprint.

Service lines provide a means of organising clinical activities and linking expenditure to patient conditions and outcomes.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare & Royal College of Psychiatrists
January, 2012

Sustainability in Psychiatry - RCPsych Report

This Occasional Paper explains how embedding the principles of sustainable health care can lead to services that are more person-centred and fit for the future. It provides an account of the carbon hotspots in mental health and what we need to do to reduce these aspects of care.

February, 2015

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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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