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”.
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)."
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.
Sarah, who has an eating disorder and an interest in sustainability, provides a fascinating account of how using a smartphone app, designed to help her in recovery, can improve the sustainability of her care.
In the UN Sustainable Development Goals there is little reference to mental health. This is despite the fact that neuropsychiatric disorders make up about 14% of global disease related burden, with depression the leading global cause of disability.
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.
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
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
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!
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.
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.
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
Has anyone ever organised a litter picking event with patients? Our unit is next to a stream and community park which is often very littered. I have some interest from a few patients to try to maintain these areas for the local community. I'm guessing I could approach the local council but I'm not sure where I would stand with insurance etc. If anyone has any advice I would be really grateful. Thank you.