Shepherd House are embracing sustainable healthcare

Kerry-Ann Rogers is an Occupational Therapy Technician with the Shepherd House Recovery Unit, based in Worthing for Sussex Partnership. She shares how they are doing their bit for a greener NHS.

pebbles on a beach

Making a difference to our environment and wellbeing

As an organiser for The Marine Conservation Society UK Kerry-Ann has been able to request a section of beach for the team, and service users, to look after. The section is just outside the teams’ beach front recovery unit so perfect for everyone to access. They recently did a beach clean and found so much stuff that was just thrown away into the sea and washed up onshore.

Kerry-Ann explained, “We can clean other parts of the beach too but it’s always good to register so they can keep track of where is being cleaned and they sometimes ask for the items that are collected for research. “

Exploring more ways to make a difference...

In addition to the beach cleans, the team are embracing other ways to reduce their impact on the environment, as Kerry-Ann said, “At the moment we are trying car-free living, so our ‘out and about’ group is staying local, we are walking around our local area and enjoying the beach and promenade on our doorstep, trying to walk to patients appointments instead of taking the car.” There are also some bikes available at the unit, which in warmer weather get better use.

As if that wasn’t enough, the team also run a weekly gardening group, growing potatoes, various vegetables and herbs, with lots of potted plants around the unit too.

mint in a pot

The unit has a regular newsletter for both staff and service users and Kerry-Ann is working with the Care Without Carbon team to create a regular sustainability news section which should help keep the good ideas flowing.