Sustainable mental health services will provide better outcomes for patients through prevention, empowerment, improving value and cutting carbon. We bring together people from across mental health and social care to share ideas and resources for sustainability.

Sustainability of mental health services - survey request

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare are joining up to try to improve the sustainability of mental health services across the UK. As a major component of this initiative we are asking all sustainability leads of mental health Trusts to complete a survey to find out about their sustainable practices. We are intending that this will be a useful tool for you as we will provide feedback and comparative data for you to know how your Trust compares against other Trusts. It will also be used to write a publication for the Health Services Journal.

Call for Case Studies

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has been commissioned to develop a report on waste in the NHS by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges. The report is intended to be high impact and demonstrate specific financial and environmental savings that could be achieved by the NHS through reducing waste in the system. The report will use and outline case studies throughout a variety of patient journeys which highlight different aspects of waste in the system such as wasted resources, procurement, staff time, low value interventions, inefficient processes etc.

Priorities

Question: What should our priority be as psychiatrists?

Answer: The mental health of our patients!

Unfortunately, it is not as simple as that! Questions such as ‘where does the responsibility for our patient’s mental health begin and end?’ and ‘what measures do we use to define mental health?’ begin to surface, alongside many more questions…

A Call for Mental Health Sustainability Representatives

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is working with the Royal College of Psychiatrists to develop a network of those interested in promoting sustainability in mental health services. Although Mental Health Susnet has been running for some time we are putting out a 'call for sustainability representatives' with an ambition to spread the network to every Trust across the UK. 

Responsibility and waste; a waste of time?

The NHS is the economic and environmental equivalent of a leaky bucket. If we clinicians could broaden our sense of responsibility to minimizing waste in the services we work in, we could find money to spend on desperately needed staff shortages or services. 

Sustainable mental health in action

The Guardian reports on how a website is helping those with mental illness rebuild their lives. This website is called  'Connect and Do'. It helps users to connect with other people, do something fun, and build relationships.

Sustainable models of care at CleanMed

The major event in September for me and others here at CSH was the annual CleanMed Europe Conference in Oxford. This was an event that looked at different aspects of sustainability in healthcare settings. It presented a real challenge to improving the sustainability of current healthcare models. 

What does it look like?

Sustainability means many different things to many different people. Most people struggle to understand what it looks like. Prince Charles is big on it. Banks talk about it. Large multi-nationals put it in their branding, but what is it? Wikipedia says it is “the capacity to endure”. The question is, why are we in mental health interested in it?

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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

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

The Carbon Footprint of Mental Health Care

Case study: a service line analysis of Nottinghamshire Healthcare's carbon footprint.

Service lines provide a means of organising clinical activities and linking expenditure to patient conditions and outcomes.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare & Royal College of Psychiatrists
January, 2012

Sustainability in Psychiatry - RCPsych Report

This Occasional Paper explains how embedding the principles of sustainable health care can lead to services that are more person-centred and fit for the future. It provides an account of the carbon hotspots in mental health and what we need to do to reduce these aspects of care.

February, 2015

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