Dr Aarti Bansal is a GP in Sheffield, Clinical Teacher at Sheffield Medical School and NIHR In-Practice Fellow at Hull York Medical School. She is chair of the Greener Practice group which she led the formation of 2 years ago after being asked to be the RCGP South Yorkshire and North Trent Climate Change Champion. Aarti has been concerned about environmental issues since her school days over 25 years ago, but only realised the urgency of the climate crisis whilst helping to organise events in the lead up to the Paris Climate talks in 2015. She feels that actions that the actions needed to tackle climate change are the same ones we would take to improve public health and therefore doctors have a key role to play. Under her leadership, the Greener Practice group has grown to an active community of over a dozen GPs, GP trainees, Foundation doctors and medical students who meet regularly to plan and support actions to help primary care in their region move towards greener practice. Some of the groups' actions have included enhancing the Sheffield medical school sustainability curriculum, increasing uptake of the green impact audit for health, campaigning for divestment and creating an RCGP regional award on greener practice. Currently the group is also working to support more green prescribing (social prescribing in nature) locally and is lobbying the RCGP to become more active in promoting climate action. Aarti has written articles on win-win actions that can be taken in primary care to move towards greener practice for GP Frontline magazine and the Journal of General Practice Nursing.
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