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.

Navigo – a model of social sustainability

On the 17th November I visited Navigo, which really is a remarkable organisation. It is an NHS funded social enterprise that provides mental health care across north Lincolnshire. Navigo have created relationships, positive social identity, neighbourliness and hope through creating feasible opportunities for service users to contribute to the local community.

RCPsych Sustainability Award 2014 goes to.....

The Growing Better Lives Project. Congratulations to them all for all their hard work!

Growing Better Lives is a social enterprise based in a yurt at an environmental centre near Uxbridge.    Weekly therapy groups are based on principles of modified therapeutic communities, ecological sustainability and ‘greencare’ (therapeutic horticulture and other nature-based approaches). The team includes ex-service users, horticultural therapists and a medical psychotherapist.

RCPsych Sustainability Summit Videos

Consensus statement and videos from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Sustainability Summit - 1st October, 2014

Summit Consensus Statement on Sustainability in Mental Health

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare & Royal College of Psychiatrists
September, 2014

Royal College of Psychiatrists' Sustainability Summit videos

The Summit Consensus statement from the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Sustainability Summit and videos of six of the speakers are now available to view. Speakers include RPsych President Professor Sir Simon Wessely, David Pencheon, Director of the NHS Sustainability Development Unit, RPsych Fellow in Sustainability Dr Daniel Maughan and psychiatrists Dr Hugh Grant-Peterkin, Dr Judith Anderson who was discussing climate change denial and Dr Rex Haigh with his green care team. The videos are available on the RPsych sustainability summit webpage.

Choosing wisely

Clinical decisions are often complex. There are many factors to take into account and many pressures within the health care context that pull us in different ways. Worryingly, there is increasing evidence of a general overuse of tests, interventions and procedures. In the United States as much as 20% of money spent in health care brings no benefit to patients. I spent the last week in Amsterdam at a “Choosing Wisely’ roundtable event which discussed how best to engage doctors with this important issue.

The busy month of March

This month saw three big events on three subsequent days. On the 26th March I gave the evening lecture at the new college premises. On the 27th March (this is NHS sustainability day!!) I launched the development of the RCPsych sustainability policy at the RCPsych council meeting. On the 28th March, I invited David Cameron and Sue Bailey to the Warneford Hospital in Oxford to launch the use of a green reovery space.

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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

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