A network for occupational therapy practitioners, students and educators interested in exploring sustainable practice and looking for resources. 

The NHS Forest and Outer Space: Improving Wellbeing through Environmental Sustainability

Slides from our presentation at the COT Annual Conference 2013 exploring how occupational therapists can get involved in the NHS Forest project and the benefits to health and wellbeing of engaging service users in green spaces.

Ben Whittaker, David Johnston, Mary Colvin and Sarah Dandy
May, 2013

Creating a Sustainable Lifestyle

This blog is about two courses that I have run at the University of Southern California; an undergraduate college course about sustainability from the lens of an occupational therapist and Green Lifestyle Redesign®, an employee wellness program. Each has had the effect of increasing sustainable behaviours with some inspiring results.

Coming back to the world, or, How a Canvas bag changed my life

Those of you that read my previous OT Susnet blog in November last year may rightly have been expecting a number of other blogs to follow shortly afterwards.  Indeed, I said that they would be.  In January, I fell off my bike and fell off the radar. My recovery journey this year has been life changing and I now feel like I'm coming back to the world again.  

Sustainable Healthcare Education during NET 2012

How can healthcare educators prepare their students for the clinical consequences of an increasingly unstable climate?  What role can teachers and trainers have in changing clinical practice to support a more sustainable healthcare system?

An interdisciplinary panel of Sustainable Healthcare Education members led a plenary session to open the NET Networking in Healthcare Education annual conference in Cambridge this month.

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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

Personality disorder: using a recovery approach

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
May, 2014

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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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