Saving Resources, Improving Health: Sustainable Occupational Therapy in Practice
Following the release of the WFOT position statement on environmental sustainability, the COT briefing paper on sustainable development and this year’s Sustainable Development Unit Strategy for the NHS, Public Health and Social Care system, COT is pleased to be running an event exploring how OTs can incorporate sustainability into daily practice. This event is free to BAOT members.
Climate change is the biggest global health threat this century. The UK Climate Bill requires an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 and it is essential that the health and social care system matches national targets with the NHS alone being one of the largest carbon emitters in Europe.
Sustainable healthcare has the potential to save huge resources, including money, and improve social outcomes. OTs have a key role to play in this and are already using sustainable models of care. OT practice can be realigned with global issues to promote sustainable, health enhancing occupations for individuals, families and communities.
Confirmed speakers include Sonia Roschnik (Operational Director, Sustainable Development Unit), Linda Hindle (AHP Lead, Public Health England), Rachel Stancliffe (Director, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare), Daniel Maughan (Sustainability Fellow, Royal College of Psychiatrists), Ben Whittaker (OT Programme Lead, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare) and Genevieve Smyth (Professional Advisor, COT).
To book your free place please email Ashleigh.Watkins@cot.co.uk with your BAOT number and saying what setting you work in. Please note that although refreshments such as tea and coffee will be served you will need to provide your own lunch. There are many shops within easy walk of COT where you can buy food.