New resources to help deliver more sustainable care

The College has developed new resources to help members deliver sustainable care and meet Net Zero targets for their organisations.

Climate change continues to pose a major threat to both physical and mental health and the direct and indirect impacts can be felt by all in some way.

The College recognises the role that our mental health services play in helping to achieve net zero and build a more sustainable and greener NHS for the future.

We all share the responsibility in making changes to how service are delivered. That’s why the College, in collaboration with Greener NHS, have published guidance and recommendations on how to deliver greener, more sustainable and net zero mental health care.

These recommendations represent tangible changes covering all areas of service delivery and are aimed at everyone involved in providing mental health care, from frontline staff to senior leaders.

We’re excited to launch a new animation outlining the need for change and highlighting the recommendations:

Our members are instrumental in implementing these changes within services and we would encourage sharing widely amongst colleagues to ensure that building sustainable services becomes a priority for everyone.

Dr Jacob Krzanowski and Dr Lisa Page, the RCPsych’s Associate Registrars for Sustainability, said:

“The College’s commission on net-zero mental health care has created a guidance which is invaluable, providing a clarity and direction that is much anticipated.

“Its recommendations are relevant to all professionals working within mental health care and the numerous case studies underline these changes can be galvanizing and transformative. The principle that sustainable care is also excellent care runs throughout this exceptional resource.”

The animation, as well as the new guidance, online sustainability network and educational webinars, can be accessed below:

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