A few days in Nottingham…
At the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry Conference in Nottingham last week, 2 sustainability scholars set up a stand on sustainability in mental healthcare.
We presented a poster looking at the concept of sustainability in mental healthcare and introducing what the 4 scholars are doing.
We also presented posters on some of Dr Daniel Maughan’s work on reducing the financial and carbon costs of depot prescribing, and a trust sustainability survey, highlighting the variations in sustainable practice.
There was interest in the Occasional Paper 97 - Sustainability in Psychiatry, and delegates were able to look through copies. In addition delegates were able to sign up to Psych Susnet.
We also highlighted the 4 principles of sustainable healthcare and the position statement on sustainability in mental healthcare which can be seen here: http://networks.sustainablehealthcare.org.uk/networks/psych-susnet/position-statement-sustainability-mental-health-care
The conference itself had interesting speakers and themes, many of which aligned with the sustainability agenda. For example the CEO of NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC (a not for profit social enterpise running all local mental health services in North East Lincolnshire) opened a debate about how revolution in older peoples mental health is the only way forward to confront the challenges of an ageing population and increasing resource constraints.
Overall a successful trip to Nottingham!