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. 

How a GP phone call is reducing patient travel to surgery by 40% - the Patient Access method.

When a patient calls the surgery, the first response is for the GP to return the phone call.  They begin to deal with the problem straight away, and only 1 in 3 patients needs to come in to see the GP.

The time saved means more patients can be treated, and overall 40% fewer patients are making the trip to the surgery.

Already over 40 diverse practices run the service for 350,000 patients.

Say no to tat at Xmas!

Dear Sustainable Primary Care network colleagues,

It's that time of the year when we are all rushing around frantically buying and gathering things for the home; struggling to find presents which may or may not be appreciated.   

As this is the most commercialized time of the year I thought it was a fitting time to send out a list of websites about companies/organisations which all promote Sustainability in one way or another and I hope they are helpful to you.  Although it’s not easy, and takes a bit more thought, I have been trying really hard to always consider the most eco-friendly, sustainable options in the choices I make.  Healthcare professionals have a powerful voice and we can lead by example and choose these more Sustainable options.  Over time hopefully culture will shift so that more and more people will follow our lead!

RCGP Position Statement on Climate Change and Health

"The RCGP recognises that the unsustainable use of resources poses a significant challenge to public health in the 21st Century and that human-induced climate change in particular threatens the long term health and well-being of populations in the UK and globally. 

The RCGP confirms its own c

Royal College of General Practitioners
May, 2010

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

GP Footprint Reporter

A carbon footprinting tool specifically designed for GPs to measure the carbon footprint of their practice - developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners working with environmental consultants Best Foot Forward. 

Royal College of General Practitioners
December, 2010

Looking for a Green Fellow in Sustainable Respiratory Medicine

What will respiratory medicine look like in 5 years’ time, when carbon rationing is re-shaping the NHS? Do you want to take a lead in that transformation?

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is starting an exciting project, funded by GlaxoSmithKline, to improve the environmental sustainability of respiratory medicine, focusing in particular on COPD. We wish to appoint a healthcare professional in respiratory medicine for a one-year period, as a clinical lead.

Royal Colleges and Great Ormond Street sign up to 10:10

Four leading medical institutions have demonstrated their commitment to cutting carbon by signing up to the 10:10 Campaign.  The Royal College of GPs, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children have all signed up to the target of cutting emissions by 10% over 12 months.

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GP Footprint Reporter

A carbon footprinting tool specifically designed for GPs to measure the carbon footprint of their practice - developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners working with environmental consultants Best Foot Forward. 

Royal College of General Practitioners
December, 2010

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