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. 

News: how the Green Deal could benefit GP premises

How the Green Deal could benefit GP premises

The Green Deal is a new finance mechanism that could offer practices an alternative to traditional methods of financing refurbishments to surgeries and other buildings whilst providing energy savings, a reduced carbon footprint and a reduction in operational expenditure.

Sonia Roschnik, operations director at the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, confirms CCGs will be required to embed sustainability, reduce CO2 and, in doing so, improve public health. ‘Any kind of initiative like this, that might help clinical commissioning groups to achieve these goals should be explored,’ she advises.

The applicability of the Green Deal to GPs was reinforced by a spokesperson from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) who advised that ‘the government would encourage everybody, including GPs and clinical commissioning groups, to seriously consider taking out a Green Deal as there are a number of significant benefits’.

When does the Green Deal start?

The first Green Deal accredited assessors are expected to begin operating from October 2012, although the actual financing and therefore installation of recommended measures cannot begin before January 2013.


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WANTED: Primary Care Sustainability Case Studies!

A call for case studies showcasing the creative ways primary care practices have been working to improve their sustainability.  Along the same lines as the Green Nephrology Case Library, the new Primary Care case library will make it easy for interested people to search for projects in particular areas (e.g. travel, energy use), or by location, in order to find inspiration and useful tips.  You can fill in the case study template or let us know that you might like to submit a case study and we can call you for a short chat.

NHS Forest Needs GPs!

The NHS Forest, Incredible Edible Towns and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service are partnering to increase the number of orchards planted on healthcare estates and engaging the community in creating, maintaining and using these edible greenspaces for a healthier future!  We would like to spread the word about the NHS Forest project and encourage as many GPs and their practices to be involved in the NHS Forest as possible.

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. 

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Making Sense of Social Prescription

The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.

August, 2017

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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