Sustainability scholars

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 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 Adam Monsell

Adam is an ST5 in general adult psychiatry, currently working with the drug and alcohol services in Camden and Islington, London.

During his time as sustainability scholar, Adam will be working on green care projects in North London, including developing a horticultural therapy project for substance misuse service clients, and a therapeutic garden for patients and staff as part of a new hospital development. He hopes to put together a guide for others interested leading on green care projects in other areas. He is also working on the Royal College's guidance on sustainable practice, and embedding this within the curriculum for trainee doctors.

Dr Dasal Abayaratne

Dasal is an ST5 in medical psychotherapy and general adult psychiatry carrying out his training at Sheffield Health and Social Care (SHSC) NHS Foundation trust.

During his time as a sustainability scholar he will be reviewing trust processes with an aim to reduce journeys and offer low carbon alternatives where possible. This will include expanding a pilot staff electric bike-sharing scheme for community visits and working collaboratively with neighbouring trusts, local government and third sector organisations. He also aims to promote and establish sustainable mental health practice and multi-disciplinary quality improvement across the Yorkshire region.

Dr Kathryn Speedy

Kathryn is an ST4 in Child and Adolescent Mental Health in South Wales.

Kathryn is the CAMHS Green Scholar and her project focuses on gathering the views of the child and adolescent faculty members on the eco-crisis and Greener CAMHS, in order to inform the work of the faculty and promote awareness. This has involved development of an online survey, the results of which will be presented at the faculty winter conference in February 2021. With the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) taking place in Glasgow in November 2021, Kathryn plans to prepare a written statement on behalf of the faculty and the children and young people we represent, to be published prior to this. Kathryn also hopes to promote awareness of sustainable mental health care in Wales.

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