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Happy New Year 2016!

The start of a new year is a time for standing back and seeing a broader perspective, and for those of us working in health, this includes thinking about how we can improve the health of our patients and the general public, and at the same time make healthcare more sustainable. 

Tackling Childhood Obesity in West Yorkshire: The role of nature and the outdoors

CSH and the Ecosystems Knowledge Network are holding a workshop on the 25th November in partnership with South Pennines LNP. The workshop aims to bring about effective working relationships between local organisations in the health sector and those who can deliver improved access to the natural outdoors in Bradford and Airedale Districts to tackle childhood obesity.

An Inspiring Day at the NHS Forest Conference

We certainly had a fantastic day at the NHS Forest Conference, it was great to see so many health and green space professionals in one place having some lively discussions and developing partnerships. We are hugely grateful to University Hospital Birmingham for hosting the event and providing us with an inspiring tour of their site and all the work they have done there. Lots of ideas have been generated!

Department for Transport cycle projects using HEAT tool to predict health gains

In 2013 the Government announced the 8 cities to be awarded a share of the £77m Cycle City Ambition Grant. The policy goals of promoting city cycling in this way are to promote local economic growth, reduce carbon emissions and improve health. It’s exciting to learn that the Department for Transport (DfT), in its assessment of project value, is taking the health and environmental benefits very seriously.

NHS waste reduction explored at Westminster

“NHS: efficiency savings through waste reduction” was the subject of a joint meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Health Group and the All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group earlier this month. The All-Party Parliamentary Groups provide a forum to inform debate among members of Parliament on key policy issues, and the event was chaired by Neil Carmichael MP, with contributions from Dr Terry Tudor, Senior Lecturer in Waste Management at the University of Northampton, Alexandra Hammond, Head of Sustainability at Guy’s and St. Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, and Dr Frances Mortimer from CSH.

Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Cutting Waste Report published

A guide for doctors on cutting waste in clinical care, which was co-authored by the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Fellow in Sustainability, Dr Daniel Maughan, was the BBC's top story on 6th November. Commissioned by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the guide provides a framework for doctors to think critically about waste from a clinical perspective and provides examples of doctors improving the value of healthcare by reducing waste. Chair of the Academy, Professor Terrence Stephenson, spoke about the report on Radio Four's Today Programme (at 1 hr 9 minutes) highlighting examples in the report such as minimising the use of x-rays where there is no proven benefit from their use.

Boiler on Prescription

In late 2011 while making coffee in our staff kitchen I happened to ask my Director, Sally Hancox, “Do you think we’ve stopped folk turning up as much at their Doctors now they have had the home retrofitted with energy efficient measures?” We have gathered a tremendous amount of anecdotal evidence from our retrofit programme to suggest people with conditions made worse by the cold were now managing their conditions better. However, as presented, it was worthless to the NHS… Sally’s response “No idea,  go and find out”.

The Oxford Good Food Charter

Good Food Oxford is proud to present The Oxford Good Food Charter. CSH represents health and healthcare on the steering group and is encouraging CCGs, Trusts and other healthcare organisations in the area to sign up. Good Food Oxford is part of the national Sustainable Food Cities Network. Its aim is to identify and catalyse actions by individuals and organisations that will measurably reduce the greenhouse gas emissions associated with Oxford’s food system while promoting environmental sustainability, social inclusion, health, wellbeing, the local economy and a thriving food culture.

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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

Too much medicine: insights and explanations from economic theory and research

I hope this might be interesting to some members, this article reports on work we have been doing to look at overuse in health care as a form of overconsumption, and examines health care overuse from the perspectives of ecological economics and sustainable consumption (amongst other economic pers

January, 2017

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

Sustainable system-wide commissioning - guide for CCGs

This guide and the associated tools are aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) that want to deliver system-wide commissioning which will, as a consequence, lead to healthcare services that operate in a more sustainable way.

NHS Institute, Forum for the Future, CSH
February, 2013

SAP - sustainable action planning resources for clinical teams

SAP is a programme to support clinical teams in taking action for sustainability.  Structured around two facilitated workshops, SAP helps front-line staff to learn about sustainable healthcare, focus in on their priorities and put together a green action plan.  The action plan can then

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
February, 2010

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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