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

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Green Inhaler website

This patient- and clinician-facing website gives guidance on choosing inhalers with lower environmental impact - something which is now included in the BTS asthma guidelines.

Dr Alex Wilkinson
September, 2019

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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