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. 

NICE Guidelines on Active Travel

NICE has issued new guidance on how to promote walking and cycling to tackles our nations health problems due to inactivity.   

As we all know the ‘inactivity epidemic’ has massive health consequences.  The release of this guideline is well timed with the recent repeated anger about fuel prices and cost of car use.  Of course, besides health benefits, the environmental benefits are massive.

COP18 and the Doha Declaration of Climate, Health and Wellbeing

The Annual UN Climate Conference, COP18 took place last week in Doha. This year, Jonny Elliott went to represent Healthy Planet at the conference.  It was a tiring, exciting and often frustrating fortnight of advocacy for him and above all an eye-opening one. COP18 delivered some wins, but overall, the outcomes are miles away from what the science tells us we need: emissions reductions pledges are far below those required to avoid a 2°C rise, inadequate commitments on pre-2020 adaptation finance and barely a mention of health.

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Health Outcomes of Travel Tool

The Health Outcomes of Travel Tool (HOTT) developed by the Greener NHS Team, formerly known as the SDU, supports NHS organisations to quantify the total health impact from travel and transport through air pollution and other quantifiable health impacts (e.g.

March, 2021

Blue, brown and now green

Useful information resource / infographic about different inhalers and the main differences between them - including environmental impact.

Could be helpful in teaching...

 

The Pharmaceutical Journal
June, 2020

Prescribing Movement resource

This toolkit gives you everything you need for a 1 minute, 5 minute and even more minute conversation, complete with step-by-step guides, behavioural change insights and all the evidence to back it up.

Moving Medicine
January, 2020

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We're hiring! QI Education Fellow 2021-22

CSH is seeking to appoint a qualified health professional to an Education Fellowship, working on a project to support the inclusion of sustainability in quality improvement education for undergraduate medical students, postgraduate doctors and other health professionals. 

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