In March 2010, a one-day summit, “Mental health services 2020 - High quality, low carbon”, was organised by CSH jointly with the Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCPsych). The partnership has continued and, in 2013, the RCPsych became the first medical royal college to fund its own Sustainable Specialties fellow, hosted and managed jointly with CSH.
As RCPsych Research Fellow in Sustainability 2013-15, trainee psychiatrist, Dr Daniel Maughan, worked full-time with CSH over two years to improve the sustainability of mental health services. The fellowship established a national discourse and gained commitment from leading organisations in mental health to promote sustainability. Highlights of the programme included founding of the Psych Susnet online network, with over 200 members, and a number of high-impact reports and publications. To find out more - see our Publications page, or watch Daniel on video below.
To continue the work, the RCPsych and CSH are now partnering on an annual Sustainability Scholarship programme. In 2015-16, four advanced trainees in Psychiatry have been working one day per week with clinical commissioning groups, to support the adoption of sustainability principles in mental health commissioning. A further four scholars are being recruited to start in Autumn 2016.