Sustainability scholars are advanced trainees in psychiatry who use their special interest day each week to work with the RCPsych Sustainability committee for a period of one year.
This is a programme aimed at developing high achieving trainees knowledge and skills in in leadership and sustainable quality improvement. Scholars get a dedicated study budget for their project and training and mentoring throughout the year.
Meet our Sustainability scholars
Dr Katherine Kennet
Katherine in an ST4 in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in North London and has been involved with the RCPsych sustainability committee as trainee rep since 2016. During this time on the committee her work has focused on social prescribing, which is a means of prescribing community based, non-clinical and often nature based services to support service users.
During her year as a sustainability scholar she will be developing National and RCPsych guidance on social prescribing and mental health by coordinating the new National Working Group for social prescribing. This project is an exciting opportunity to
develop close links for the RCPsych with colleagues in multiple sectors and to promote sustainable healthcare for all users and practitioners of mental health services in the UK.
Dr Jacob Krzanowski
Jacob is an ST5 in general adult psychiatry carrying out his training at the South London and Maudsley (SLaM) NHS Foundation Trust.
As part of his sustainability project he is coordinating the Green Walking Project (GWP), a program that seeks to promote access and use of green spaces for psychiatric inpatients. The GWP is a collaborative project between the Centre for Sustainable Health Care and The Royal College of Psychiatry. Its aims include the development of the Green Walking Guide, a resource presenting evidence and methods for establishing green walking groups while also supporting and evaluating new pilot walking groups in inpatient wards in the UK.