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 partnered on a follow-on Sustainability Scholarship programme for advanced trainees in Psychiatry working one day per week on sustainability in commissioning or service improvement in 2015-17. The RCPsych also established an internal Sustainability Committee which has an active work programme covering all areas of College activities. RCPsych and CSH are currently collaborating on a Green Walking Project to promote access to natural spaces for mental health inpatients.