Net Zero Mental Health Care Webinar Series


Whole Webinar Series

Timings 22 November - 1pm, 24 November - 10am, 28 November - 11am, 1 December - 10am
Location Online Via Zoom, Free to register
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Net Zero Mental Health Care Webinar Series

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The Royal College of Psychiatrists, in collaboration with Greener NHS, have developed guidance to support mental health services to reach their net zero targets and reduce carbon emissions. To celebrate the launch of this guidance and support services to implement the recommendations, we will be hosting a series of webinars.

 Through these webinars you will learn how everyone has a part to play in reducing carbon emissions whilst also improving the quality of service provision and patient care. We will be providing an outline of how this can be done and showcasing innovative and practical examples of how carbon has been reduced across the care pathway.

Delivering greener, more sustainable and net zero mental health care

Speakers: Dr Clare Taylor, NCCMH and Siân Hodgkinson, People Participation Lead for Environmental Sustainability, East London Foundation NHS Trust. Matthew Riley, Patient and Carer Representative, Bradford District Care Trust.

In this webinar we will be providing an overview of the new delivering greener, more sustainable and net zero mental health care guidance. We will be providing examples of innovative approaches and interventions to help services to work towards their sustainability and carbon reduction targets as well as presenting evidence-based recommendations for individuals to take forward in their practice.

This will be followed by Siân and Matthew, patient representatives with the College who will discuss how to empower and engage people in a meaningful way to tackle carbon reduction, and why we need to work together as a system for this to be achieved.

Developing nature based and preventative interventions to build sustainable services

In this webinar we will be looking at the benefits of nature based interventions and preventative care. The South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust will be presenting their innovative nature based interventions and the benefits they have seen to patient care and carbon reduction. The Space Somerset, who collaborated with South West Somerset Integrated Care System  on the intervention, will demonstrate how they have improved preventive mental health interventions for children and young people and developed a local Community of Support, which involved utilising local nature based resources.

Speakers: SLAM and The Space Somerset

SLAM: Peter O’Hare MSc. BBS, Dip OT, Dip HT. Peter is Head Occupational Therapist at Bethlem Royal Hospital, he has also trained in Horticultural Therapy and Dance & Movement Therapy and has worked in specialist psychiatry for over 30 years. As a champion dancer and published poet he has always had an interest in the benefits of creative therapies for wellbeing and was instrumental in establishing the Bethlem Gallery to promote the arts in mental health. His current clinical interests lie in developing practical activity-based treatments for mental well-being with a focus on sustainable healthcare and healing environments. He has played a leading role in developing award-winning sustainable initiatives at Bethlem Hospital including the building of a walled kitchen garden, the restoration of old orchards and the establishment of nature trails so that the potential benefits of the natural environment can be accessed  and experienced by all.

The Space Somerset:

John Pimblott: PhD Industrial Chemist with a business background, specializing as Quality Assurance Director and Business Excellence Leader for a global Engineering Corporation. He found his social justice and community passion after retirement, beginning with being Chair of the Cheddar Medical Centre Patient Group, becoming aware of children and young people’s mental health challenges, that led directly to The Space’s  inception 2017.  John has been part of the vast changes establishing The Space as a charity and helping to lead to what is has become today. Currently Chair of Trustees of The Space, and Director of the Cheddar Community Partnership. John is keen on building a Circle of Support around children and young people to enhance their resilience and wellbeing to thrive in later life.

Mandy Bancroft: My background in Mental Health Nursing is the fundamental routes to my desire to improve social equality, health and education. My passion around equality and diversity was reflected in my past role as Director for Widening Participation and Student Success at the University of the West of England. During my career, my experience and skills have been in understanding mental health issues, particularly in relation to young people. Alongside my nursing and academic career, I have been engaged in roles including governing, directing and being a trustee. I have used my expertise to engage and connect different groups for the benefit of all. I am excited about being a Trustee for The Space and improving provision for children and young people’s mental health in the Cheddar Valley area.

Innovations in developing low carbon treatments and care settings

Speakers: Hertfordshire and Birmingham

In this webinar we will be showcasing examples of carbon reduction. Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust will be discussing the benefits of the medication rationalization and de-prescribing programme that has been rolled out across dementia inpatient wards. Neil Cross, Corporate Property and Sustainability Manager, will be talking about Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust's work on food waste reduction. 

Hertfordshire: My name is Dr Bharat Velani. I grew up in north London and undertook my medical training at University College London. I then completed my core training in Psychiatry Hertfordshire, which is where I carried out the work I am going to talk about today. I am now working as an ST4 Psychiatrist in North Central London under the dual old age and general adult training scheme. 

I completed my work jointly with the Trust sustainability representative, Dr Katherine Witter. Overprescribing and polypharmacy is a global problem with a negative environmental impact and a huge challenge to overcome. My area of interest is medication deprescribing, which I am passionate about because it underpins all four of the core ethical values of practicing medicine: beneficence, non-maleficence, autonomy and justice.  Particularly relevant here is the principle of “justice” – which refers to the fair and equitable distribution of healthcare. If sustainability is not factored in to healthcare and prescribing decisions, ultimately the system will eventually fail in providing an equal service for all. That is why research into and development of deprescribing initiatives is key to our future healthcare.

Integrating sustainable practice into leadership and the care pathway

Speakers: Midlands and Siân Hodgkinson

In this webinar we will be looking at examples of creating system-wide change through innovative approaches to leadership and staff training. Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust will be discussing a number of creative changes they have implemented including the development of a Sustainability Champions Group, a Green Social Prescribing group and a Green Clinical Practice Group. This will include discussion around the barriers to bringing about these changes and the benefits that have been seen to date. Siân Hodgkinson, People Participation Lead for Environmental Sustainability at East London NHS Foundation Trust, will be discussing the creation of her role and service user/staff involvement in the Trust's Green Plan.

Midlands: Monika Hornakova is a Sustainability Manager at Midlands Partnership University NHS FT. Monika is part of the small Green Team and leads the delivery of the Green Plan, Net Zero targets and sustainable development within the NHS Trust. Monika became an Honorary Lecturer at Keele University earlier this year. Monika joined MPFT in 2017 and began her sustainability/energy management career in 2013, shortly after completing her MSc Environmental Management studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

This event is taking place online via Zoom. To take part you will need:

  • access to a reliable internet connection
  • a PC, laptop, tablet or phone
  • Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser or Zoom installed on your PC, laptop, tablet or phone.

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Location: Online Via Zoom, Free to register