Sustainable mental health services will provide better outcomes for patients through prevention, empowerment, improving value and cutting carbon. We bring together people from across mental health and social care to share ideas and resources for sustainability.

What does it look like?

Sustainability means many different things to many different people. Most people struggle to understand what it looks like. Prince Charles is big on it. Banks talk about it. Large multi-nationals put it in their branding, but what is it? Wikipedia says it is “the capacity to endure”. The question is, why are we in mental health interested in it?

Oxford trainee, Dr Daniel Maughan, appointed to RCPsych Research Fellowship in Sustainability 2013-15

The Royal College of Psychiatrists and CSH are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Daniel Maughan to a two-year fellowship to improve the sustainability of mental health services. Beginning in August 2013, Dr Maughan will work under the supervision of CSH, the RCPsych and the University of Warwick to create a network of sustainability champions in mental health services, research innovations and new models of care and stimulate the adoption of sustainable practices in Mental Health Trusts around the country. 

SAP - sustainable action planning resources for clinical teams

SAP is a programme to support clinical teams in taking action for sustainability.  Structured around two facilitated workshops, SAP helps front-line staff to learn about sustainable healthcare, focus in on their priorities and put together a green action plan.  The action plan can then

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
February, 2010

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Making Sense of Social Prescription

The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.

August, 2017

MH Service Sustainability Review Framework

This framework has been developed as a practical tool for service development or commissioning of sustainable mental health services.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, Royal College of Psychiatrists
March, 2017

The Carbon Footprint of Mental Health Care

Case study: a service line analysis of Nottinghamshire Healthcare's carbon footprint.

Service lines provide a means of organising clinical activities and linking expenditure to patient conditions and outcomes.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare & Royal College of Psychiatrists
January, 2012

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