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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

OP97. Sustainability in psychiatry

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Published: Mar 2015

Status: current

Number of pages: 44

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Sustainable mental healthcare is not a utopian vision. It is directly linked to existing core principles, such as quality of care, patient safety, patient and staff experience, population well-being, risk management, organisational reputation, cost savings and community benefit. Developing a sustainable approach to our clinical practice is a crucial step in ensuring that mental health services will continue to provide high-quality care in the 21st century.

This report has four aims:

  1. Introduce the concept of sustainable mental healthcare to members.
  2. Inspire members to consider the sustainability of their clinical practice.
  3. Enable psychiatrists to improve the sustainability of their clinical practice, their team and their organisation.
  4. Improve education and training in sustainability across the healthcare workforce.


  • Authors
  • Aims
  • Key messages
  • Introduction
  • Consensus Statement on Sustainability in Mental Health
  • Economic, environmental and social challenges
  • Hotspots of resource use in mental healthcare
  • Principles of sustainable healthcare
  • Practical sustainability suggestions
  • Sustainable models of care
  • Mental health and climate change
  • Social sustainability and personal recovery
  • Sustainability education
  • Stewardship of clinical resources
  • Reducing waste: the ‘lean’ approach
  • Measuring sustainability of mental health services
  • Procurement considerations
  • Reducing energy use in mental healthcare
  • Useful resources for improving sustainability
  • Summary
  • References
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