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The impacts of the environment on health and healthcare should be part of the curriculum for all health professionals. The Sustainable Healthcare Education (SHE) network is a fast-growing group of clinicians, academics and students who have been developing teaching materials - you can find these via the Resources tab above. Join the SHE network to receive emails and post content - please register via the link on the right of this page.

Welcoming our Newest Intern, Brazilian medic Dr Karina Patricio

Blog Article Mary Zacaroli 25/11/2014 - 10:42am

We are pleased to introduce our newest intern Dr Karina Patricio who is with us for six weeks from Brazil. Here she sets out why she has travelled here and what she is hoping to achieve....

I’m a Physician and Professor at a University in Brazil (Faculty of Medicine of Botucatu - FMB / UNESP - http://www.fmb.unesp.br), located within the State of São Paulo (240 km distant from the capital). My specilisation is in Public Health. I did a master degrees in Biological Science and post doc in Environmental Health.

Royal Colleges Demonstrate What Can Be Done on Sustainability

News Article Rebecca Gibbs 13/11/2014 - 10:59am

October saw the launch of Facing the future: sustainability for Royal Colleges, and the first seminar for Royal Colleges to come together to share their progress on sustainability. The seminar, jointly led by the CSH and the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, and kindly hosted by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, was packed full of an impressive array of initiatives being taken forward by some Colleges. 

Resource stewardship and the ethical duty to prevent waste

Blog Article Frances 12/11/2014 - 2:43pm

It was good to switch on Radio 4 last Thursday to hear a discussion on whether doctors have an “ethical duty” to prevent waste. The debate was prompted by the launch of a new report commissioned by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and co-authored by my colleague, Dr Daniel Maughan, RCPsych Sustainability Fellow 2013-15.

At first glance, you might think there is nothing new in suggesting that health professionals have a responsibility to reduce waste. But the truth is that the prevalent medical culture does not emphasise the role of clinicians in maximising value from resources.

Nursing Sustainability by Design: On joining the sustainability team - the experience of a sceptic

Blog Article Janet Kelsey 16/10/2014 - 10:04am

We all know what it’s like, you feel you are bombarded with emails either requests to attend meetings, answer questions, reiterate information etc. and then there are the ones suggesting you may wish to attend events for your personal development or to improve your research involvement. What do we do…well mostly we delete however just occasionally one pops into that box that looks a little more interesting so you say to the team who is free who can go to this on our behalf and immediately wish you had kept quiet because it turns out you are the one with the gap in your diary.

Sustainability in the NEJM last week

News Article Frances 06/10/2014 - 10:39am

Two interesting articles covering aspects of sustainability in last week's NEJM:

The RCPsych Sustainability Summit

Blog Article danielmaughan 03/10/2014 - 1:50pm

On the 1st October we had the first sustainability summit run by a medical royal college in the UK. It was a great success!

COOL MAP BUT CONCERNING STATS!

News Article danielmaughan 23/09/2014 - 7:59am

Check out this interactive map that displays how different countries are both contributing to nd affected by climate change. 

BMJ Blogs on Sustainability: What has Climate Change got to do with Mental Health?

News Article Mary Zacaroli 18/09/2014 - 8:36am

Daniel Maughan, the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Sustainability Fellow looks at the evidence of how climate change is impacting on mental health in the latest BMJ Blog coordinated by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. If you are interested in writing a blog on health and sustainability to go on the BMJ website, go to the BMJ Blog webpage on our website to find out what is required and to see past blogs.

 

Would you like to attend a carbon workshop and/or become a sustainability champion? Read on...

News Article Rebecca Gibbs 08/07/2014 - 12:53pm

Those within the Oxford AHSN area (Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Milton Keynes) have access to sustainability workshops and also the opportunity to develop expertise in sustainable healthcare by becoming a trained sustainability champion. If you would like to take part in a Measuring Carbon Workshop, join us at the George Pickering Education Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, on either Wednesday 24th September or Wednesday 8th October.

Divestment for Health

Blog Article Isobel Braithwaite 24/06/2014 - 8:06pm

I'm writing this post to alert CSH members to this motion (#370) which is on the agenda of the British Medical Association's Annual Representatives' Meeting tomorrow morning, on climate advocacy and divestment from fossil fuel companies.  The BMA will be voting on whether or not to divest from the world's major fossil fuel companies. Myself and a couple of others have drafted this 2-page briefing document, and it would be fantastic if you could share it with anyone you know who'll be voting at the meeting. 

Should the BMA commit to divestment, this would help set a valuable precedent for other groups, building on the momentum created by the Fossil Free campaign internationally. A 'yes' vote would make the BMA the first ever national medical or nursing organ isation to divest from fossil fuels!

For those on twitter, please take a few minutes to tweet before 11am if tomorrow, using the #ARMlive hashtag and the URL for the briefing (http://tinyurl.com/divestmentbriefing). Below are some example tweets to save you time - though feel free to come up with your own of course!

The briefing document summarises the various arguments - both health-focused and financial - in favour of such a move, as well as giving some wider context (an argument made succinctly by Bill McKibben here, and in Alistair Wardrope's recent blog on the topic for Healthy Planet UK).

Please do get in touch if you're interested in starting up discussions about divestment within organisations you're involved in, such as Royal Colleges or even NHS Trusts, it would be great to hear from you.

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