How to Talk to your Patients about Air Pollution (Online Workshops)

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 19:00 - 21:00

Support is strong for cleaner air post-covid. But how can health professionals help patients to protect their health, and reduce pollution?

Sessions will be held on:
-  Monday 14th September, from 10.00-12.00
-  Wednesday 16th September, from 19.00-21.00

About this Event

The last few months have brought air pollution to the forefront of many people's minds, as reductions in road travel have resulted in considerable reductions in the levels of some transport-related air pollutants.

Temporarily cleaner air has built strong public support for action to permanently improve air quality across the UK, with over two-thirds (67%) supporting stricter legislation to protect environmental and public health*.

Acknowledgement of the importance of the role of health professionals in advising the public and the government on how to stay safe has also grown, and the Government's new cycling & walking strategy* even sets out plans to encourage doctors to 'prescribe' activities like cycling in trial areas.

We believe that health professionals are uniquely placed to influence public attitudes and behaviour to protect health and help to reduce harmful air pollution.

But how can you start a conversation with your patients about air pollution, and how they can help to protect their own heath by getting on their bike or taking other action?

This September we’ll be holding two more webinars, open to all patient-facing health professionals who would like to learn more about how they can better advise their patients, and share their learning with colleagues.

After the webinar, we invite you to become a Clean Air Champion, and to take part in a two-month demonstrator project to incorporate air pollution advice into the patient pathway. We’re aiming to develop a nationally implementable approach.

These webinars are open those who have not yet been involved in this project as well as those who attended a 'co-design' session earlier this year. We are particularly welcoming respiratory and paediatric specialists.

Sign up for one of our two free sessions to get involved!

Clean Air Fund / YouGov (2020). Air Pollution & Covid-19 Survey.
DfT (2020) Gear Change: a bold vision for cycling & walking

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