The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare hosts and supports a number of networks to enable communities of like-minded people to collaborate internationally on sustainability in their clinical specialty or area of interest.

Our green space and health network is a space to highlight the latest research and resources, ask and answer questions, and share your own green space updates and experiences. This forum is designed for health professionals, estates staff, educators, link workers, academics, students, service users and more to connect and engage with others in this field.

Got a question? Download instructions on signing up, posting, and searching the networks here.

Green space and health network feed

Take part in and share: Children and Young People and Social Prescribing Survey

By: Susannah McWilliam

25th May deadline to take part in and share the NASP Children and Young People and Social Prescribing Survey Live (England only)

Training: Working with People Living with Dementia in Green Spaces

By: Jacqueline Cutting

Social Farms and Gardens are working with UK charity Dementia Adventure to deliver this two hour introductory online session on working with and supporting people living with dementia and their friends and family in a range of green space and community growing settings, including community gardens, city farms and care farms.

NHS Forest film trailer

By: Vicki Brown

The NHS Forest has just launched a new video trailer explaining the benefits of nature for staff and patients, and showcasing some of our stunning green spaces on healthcare sites. Enjoy!

The full length film is available here: https://nhsforest.org/about/nhs-forest/

We're hiring: Green Space for Health programme director

By: Vicki Brown

This is an exciting senior role for an environmentally committed manager who can take strategic oversight of our Green Space programme and provide effective management of the project and its staff.

Our flagship project is the NHS Forest, which helps to realise the value of green space for physical and mental health, both at healthcare sites and in the wider community. 

Find out more and apply here: https://nhsforest.org/about/jobs-and-volunteering/

Deadline: 19 May

Would a “Green Legacy” an answer for climate emergency and sustainable healthcare?  A new initiative from Ethiopia.

By: Tadesse Worku

 The essence of participatory development can be applied in health and environmental projects to ensure sustainable healthcare through tackling environmental crisis. Mostly, ‘few’ are key players in community projects from problem identification to implementation and evaluation, however, regardless of projects meant for their benefit the wider public treated as recipients of the outcome or have lesser or no ownership of issues affecting them. Community participation is a key for sustainability of any development projects.

 

Use of chemicals for greenspace maintenance

By: Alexandra Heelis

Hello, 

I am interested to know if any healthcare providers have limited the use of chemicals used to maintain their estate?  I am based within University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust and would like to at least align with the Bristol One City Ecological Emergency Strategy which aims to reduce the use of pesticides in Bristol by at least half.

Are there any products that you have banned from your site or any alternative methods of maintenance that your inhouse or contractors use?

Thank you for your help, 

Embedding Sustainability into Quality Improvement: a two-part shared learning forum

By: Vivien De Greef

Join us & our inspiring panelists for a free two-part shared learning forum on embedding sustainability into QI education, training and practice.

Embedding environmental and social sustainability into QI education, training and practice can help healthcare professionals to contribute to the NHS commitment to a Net Zero health system. The ‘SusQI’ framework developed by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare offers a practical tool for reducing the negative environmental impact of healthcare, whilst building social value at every opportunity.

How to sign up, post and search on CSH Networks

By: Susannah McWilliam