For this month of the sustainability series, we welcome Ben Whittaker our Sustainable OT lead at the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare to round off the sustainability series with some insights into sustainable OT. Following this post will be three others from CSH’s occupational therapy sustainability volunteers, Niamh, Sam and Jenny.
The Sustainability Series provides guidance on how clinical specialties can be made more sustainable. Our dentistry guide people shows how the 4 principles of sustainable healthcare can be applied to dental healthcare.
There are huge overlaps between caring for our health and the environment – co-benefits - that offer double wins and natural environment brings substantial health benefits. This blog offers an overview of how healthcare can be made greener, what role nurses play, and a call to action to share your ideas.
Making mental healthcare more environmentally sustainable sounds great- but how to do it? Our Sustainable Mental Health Guides offer ideas and interventions to support you to implement a more sustainable approach to mental healthcare, saving carbon and money whilst maintianing high levels of care.
Despite mental health care having far less uniformity than some other clincial specialities, there are lots of opportunities for sustainability specific to this area. These include the strong evidence base that nature-based interventions can improve a variety of mental health conditions, a shift towards prevention and patient empowerment and reduction of waste in the clincial pathways.