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. 

Diabetes and Climate Change

The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has produced a pioneering policy report that establishes the interconnections between two urgent challenges in the 21st Century. The report explores the critical connections between diabetes and climate change and identifies the opportunity to combat these challenges together through the health co-benefit approach.

Productive General Practice

This is a programme from the NHS Institute which aims to support general practices in realising internal efficiencies, while maintaining quality of care and releasing time to spend on more value added activities. They have incorporated Sustainability into the programme - improving environmental performance, reducing waste in reception, collecting data on running costs which is an good area to make financial and carbon savings.

Waiting Room Resources

I have recently established a display board for patients in my GP surgery waiting room explaining about Sustainability and its relevance to health. The display has ideas for how individuals can become more sustainable as well as healthier. It also has posters from local relevant community projects / groups. 

NHS Sustainability Day- March 28th

The NHS Sustainability Day is on the 28th March 2012 

Go to http://www.nhssustainabilityday.co.uk/index.html

Is there any way that you can get involved?

This website has so many ideas for making change towards Sustainability, some of which are easy and very achievable!

Carry out an energy survey in your organisation between now and Friday 23rd March. Use the simple survey downloadable HERE. 

Every audit submitted will help to create a better picture of energy use in the NHS. It will highlight opportunities for making savings, which could be translated into patient services.

 

Climate Week 12th-18th March

It's Climate Week next week.  Find out more at http://www.climateweek.com.  

This is deemed Britains biggest climate change campaign; inspiring a new wave of action towards a Sustainable future.  

Has anyone got any plans for an event at their practice?  If so, can you let the network know how it goes?

If this is the first you've heard about it, it's not too late to download some of the resources and put together a display for a noticeboard in your patient waiting room.  

 

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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
February, 2010

Public health in a changing climate

This report examines how embedding public health within local authorities has impacted upon work to reduce carbon emissions and protect areas vulnerable to the effects of climate change.  The authors analysed Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs), Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies (J

Joseph Rowntree Foundation
May, 2016

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The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS.

The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

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