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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!

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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Green Walking in mental health recovery: A Guide

Green walking is about moving through a natural space. This simple act brings multiple benefits to physical, social and mental health. It can improve patients’ progress during hospitalisation and their recovery and rehabilitation. It is also great for staff.

May, 2020

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

Sustainability in Quality Improvement learning resources

Sustainability has been recognised as a domain of quality in healthcare, and building it into quality improvement (QI) is a practical way to drive incremental change towards a more ethical, sustainable health system.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2017

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Has anyone ever organised a...

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.
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