Exciting things are happening in the word of sustainable primary care but your ideas and involvement are needed.  This is your place to connect with others taking forward a range of things including sustainable prescribing, fuel poverty initiatives and sustainability actions within the Royal College of General Practitioners. 

Divestment for health

I'm writing this post to alert CSH members to this motion (#370) which is on the agenda of the British Medical Association's Annual Representatives' Meeting tomorrow morning, on climate advocacy and divestment from fossil fuel companies.  The BMA will be voting on whether or not to divest from the world's major fossil fuel companies. Myself and a couple of others have drafted this 2-page briefing document, and...

Recycling Inhalers

Dear all

Very good news- the UKs first inhaler recyling scheme has begun- see http://www.gsk.com/uk/consumers/complete-the-cycle.html for more details including to find out whether pharmacies near you are participating- if so maybe create an advice slip to go with inhaler prescriptions so patients return them to pharmacies which will recycle rather than just incinerate them?

BJGP article - Carbon Footprint of Patients Journeys

In this months BJGP, Liz Andrews from the Bradford Institute for Health Research ane her colleagues write an article on the Carbon Footprint of Patient Journeys through Primary Care.  They conclude that the modes and distances of patient travel can be accurately determined and allow appropriate carbon emission calculations for GP practices. Although challenging, there is scope for identifying potential solutions (for example, modifying administration systems and promoting walking) to reduce ‘avoidable’ journeys and cut carbon emissions while maintaining access to health care.

Also in this BJGP edition Dr Tim Ballard, the RCGP Sustainability lead, writes about what sustainability means for primary care.

Frithwood Surgery launches their NHS Forest and Health Walk on 15th May

Healthcare professionals planted fruit trees and designed a route to be used by staff, patients and local community. 

Healthcare practitioners from Frithwood Surgery have created greenspace and designed a health walk from the GP surgery through the village demonstrating the practice’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of their staff, patients and the local community. 

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SAP - sustainable action planning resources for clinical teams

SAP is a programme to support clinical teams in taking action for sustainability.  Structured around two facilitated workshops, SAP helps front-line staff to learn about sustainable healthcare, focus in on their priorities and put together a green action plan.  The action plan can then

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
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Divestment for health

I'm writing this post to alert CSH members to this motion (#370) which is on the agenda of the British Medical Association's Annual Representatives' Meeting tomorrow morning, on climate advocacy and divestment from fossil fuel companies.  The BMA will be voting on whether or not to divest from the world's major fossil fuel companies. Myself and a couple of others have drafted this 2-page briefing document, and...

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