My name is Daniel Maughan and as Associate Registrar for
Sustainability for the College, I would like to welcome you to
these web pages. It is great that the College is committed to
sustainability. You can find here a range of guidance, reports,
academic papers and other resources all about sustainable mental
health that have been developed by the College.
Our health care system aims to provide the highest quality of
care for the minimum financial cost, but a sustainable approach
seeks to broaden this aim to also reduce the environmental impacts
of health care, and reduce the social impacts of mental illness.
This means we need to focus on reducing waste in health care and
promote models of care that are community-based and less resource
If you are a Member of the College and would like to consider
getting involved please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
College position statement:
We will strive to improve the sustainability of mental health
care, by designing and delivering services that:
Prioritise prevention. We will seek to prevent poor mental
health and thereby reduce the need for health care in the
Empower individuals and communities. If people become unwell, we
will promote opportunities for self-management and independent
living and will support community projects, social networks and
employment, all of which improve mental health resilience.
Improve value. If people need services, we will seek to offer
interventions that provide the maximum patient benefit for the
least economic and environmental cost by delivering the right
intervention, at the right time, to the right person.
Consider carbon. We will work together to understand the carbon
impacts of interventions and models of care within mental health.
This knowledge will become increasingly important in the design of
carbon efficient services.
In January 2015, the College published an
Occasional Paper on sustainability. This report defines what
sustainable health care is and describes how psychiatrists can work
to improve the sustainability of their practice.
In October 2015, the College, working with the Joint
Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, produced a guide
for commissioners for how to commission sustainable mental health
An important aspect of sustainability is reducing wasted
clinical resource in clinical care. Choosing
Wisely is an international campaign that seeks to embed a
culture in which patients and clinicians regularly discuss the
clinical value and effectiveness of treatments or interventions
with the explicit aim of reducing the amount of inappropriate
clinical activity. The sustainability committee will be leading
this campaign by developing lists of interventions whose value we
should question. This will be done through collaboration with the
The Sustainability committee works closely with the Centre for Sustainable
Healthcare, that runs
Psych SusNet - a network for professionals working mental
health who are interested in sustainability.
Please join the network if you would like to stay abreast
of what is happening for sustainability in mental health.
Health Professionals Alliance on climate change
The college is a member of the UK Health Alliance on Climate
Change. This alliance brings together the voices of doctors,
nurses and other health care professionals within the UK to
advocate for action to combat and prevent climate change,
emphasising the substantial co benefits to health of tackling
climate change in a fair and equitable way. This alliance aims to
communicate the relationship between health and climate change to
government and the health profession.
Greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of human activity such
as deforestation are having profound effects on the earth. It is
increasingly clear that climate change poses a major threat to
human health worldwide. Doctors are well placed to advocate for
climate change mitigation and adaption.