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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.

"Nature deficit disorder: the human cost of alienation from nature"

When baby boomers think back to their childhoods, they can probably recall a treehouse, a Boy/Girl Scout camping trip, family picnics, or a passion for fishing, hunting or horse riding. Now we need to bring back that halcyon childhood pastime of letting our kids (and grandkids) get muddy once in awhile. Studies indicate that they will grow up healthier and happier because of a connection to nature.

Sustainable System-wide Commissioning - how a whole system approach leads to more sustainable healthcare

A new guide to sustainable commissioning has been published by Forum for the Future, CSH, and the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement. The guide and associated tools are aimed at Clinical Commissioning Groups that want to deliver system-wide commissioning which will, as a consequence, lead to healthcare services that operate in a more sustainable way. 

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

Sustainable Health and Social Care Research Summit

This event built on a scoping review of research needs conducted by The King's Fund and funded by the National Institute for Health Research and SCIE. Senior people with backgrounds in funding, commissioning and co-ordinating research participated in a one-day summit to explore how we can deliver more sustainable, effective and affordable models of health and social care.

2012: Don't Waste the Year - save up to £90 million!

This year the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is focusing on helping clinical specialties and organisations to cut their waste to save money and carbon. While we are involved with many longer term projects which will change systems and transform clinical practice, the fact is that there is still a shocking amount of waste within the system as it is now.  We ought to be tackling this waste immediately as it is money down the drain and carbon into the air - and we can't afford either.  

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

Ethical Procurement for Health - guidelines from BMA

In May 2011, the BMA Medical Fair and Ethical Trade Group launched new guidelines on ethical procurement for health. The Ethical procurement for health: workbook helps procurers in the health and social care sector include consideration of labour standards throughout the procurement and market engagement processes. 

http://www.ethicaltrade.org/ethical-procurement-for-health

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Prescribing Movement resource

This toolkit gives you everything you need for a 1 minute, 5 minute and even more minute conversation, complete with step-by-step guides, behavioural change insights and all the evidence to back it up.

Moving Medicine
January, 2020

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

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