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. 

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. 

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.

 

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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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