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. 

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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New BTS asthma guidelines encourage use of low-GWP inhalers

Section 8.6 of the new BTS/SIGN Guideline for the management of asthma highlights the environmental impact of metered dose inhalers (pMDI) and recommends that inhalers with low global-warming potential (GWP) should be used when likely to be equally effective.

British Thoracic Society
July, 2019

Asthma UK inhaler videos

Are you confident in teaching patients how to use their inhalers? The first step in improving environmental sustainability of inhaler use is to ensure that people use the correct technique to get the drug to where it is needed. 

Asthma UK
July, 2019

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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