Green thinking staff improve health and help environment after taking part in workshops

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NHS staff have been learning how access to open spaces and everyday green environments can improve the health and wellbeing of patients and the wider community.

Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) is one of three trusts taking part in a national pilot project to improve the impact of the environment on health and healthcare.

Eighteen employees took part in two workshops, which were run by Dr Ambra Burls, eco-coaching practitioner and consultant for the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

The workshops, which took place at St Catherine’s, taught staff how to get patients more involved with their immediate environment by jointly creating space that will be used and continually improved by staff, patients and the local community.

Occupational therapist Wendy Ferguson said: “We all know how therapeutic a walk in the fresh air can be, so it makes sense to encourage people to get out more and enjoy the great outdoors.”