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Directory of General Resources for Practices

  • "All Hands In" is a campaign launched by West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership  which encourages individuals to make a change to an everyday action/routine which will benefit the environment.  The pledges are shared on the campaign website  allhandsin.co.uk  where you can also find ideas and a range of free downloadable resources.
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  • SEE Sustainability have produced a free online non-clinical carbon footprint calculator for General Practices in the UK. The calculator measures and identifies the non-clinical greenhouse gas emission hotspots from running practices and produces a carbon equivalent footprint. An overview of the process and further information can be found here
  • The BMJ has produced an article that provides a useful starting point for practices seeking to minimise their impact on the environment.
  • This BMA report outlines ways in which General Practice can develop sustainable and environmentally friendly General Practice. It has been produced as part of a wider BMA workstream in line with 2019 ARM policy to deliver carbon neutrality by 2030. 

  • Greener Practice is a primary care climate and sustainability network which aims to raise awareness of the health benefits of climate action and support the primary care community to take practical action towards greener practice. It provides a useful collection of information and the opportunity to support practices to set up local groups. A slide presentation produced by Dr Honey Smith, Chair of Greener Practice introducing the network and key areas of its work can be found here.

  • The Green Impact for Health Toolkit provides information on how your  practice can move towards being environmentally sustainable. The tool kit is created by the RCGP and SOS-UK as a development tool. It contains a range of downloadable resources and a pathway for your practice to start to work towards achieving bronze, silver and gold awards. This free online toolkit lists over 100 actions that can improve the environmental sustainability and quality of any general practice as well as saving money.

  • Gov.uk have produced a user guide for small business who wish to measure, review and report on their carbon emissions. 

  • SSE Sustainability offers information to practices about where to start, training resources and guidance on how a practice might measures its carbon footprint. 

  • NHS Forest works with healthcare professionals and organisations to make green spaces available for health purposes and offer a wide range of programmes and opportunities to get involved.
  • The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare offers strategic input and consultancy on sustainable healthcare research and practice to national and local programmes 

  • Health Declares is a group of health professionals and organisations from across the UK. It is committed to acting and advocating to protect planetary and human health and invites individuals to make five point declarations in personal and professional lives.. You can commit to these by completing the form on their website

  • In October 2020 Dr Richard Vautrey, BMA, wrote to Jo Churchill, MP seeking support for the creation of a ‘green fund’ for General Practice to allow GPs to access resources that will lead the NHS towards sustainable carbon neutrality. You can view Dr Vautrey’s letter here.

  • In this June 2021 article in Pulse, BMA GP Committee Executive Lead Dr Krishna Kasaraneni stated that the NHS must make carbon neutrality a reality. This follows the UK LMCs conference resolution to push the Government to commit to a carbon neutral general practice estate by 2030.

  • A copy of Sajid Javid's open letter to all NHS Trusts in england following COP 26 can be found here

  • The Greener Allied Professional hub has been set up as a resource to support and promote a range of clear actionable steps which AHPs can take to improve their own environmental sustainability.

Recycle and Reuse 

  • Inter Care I+ Medical Aid for Africa is a UK registered charity that collects unused medical products for redistribution in Africa. They take old BNFs (up to 5 years old) and unused surgical instruments from single use packs.  Unused instruments can be collected by InterCare volunteers direct from registered practices.  For more information and details of how to register for collections click on the link here .

  • Terracycle offers free recycling programmes for a range of items, funded by brands, manufacturers, and retailers around the world. Groups can organise to become collection points or collect and drop at local collection sites. The scheme includes the recycling of medicine blister packets in pharmacies across the UK. Find your nearest participating pharmacy using the interactive map here .

  • TevaOne is an inhaler recycling scheme where pharmacies can sign up to act as collection points. The scheme is currently closed to new participants but you can find out where your nearest participating pharmacy is here

  •  An environmentally safe disposal route for used and unwanted inhalers is available at all pharmacies. Information regarding this is available at https://www.recyclenow.com/what-to-do-with/inhalers-0

  • The Greening of Life website has a number short videos providing information on topics including recycling of Lateral Flow Tests and inhalers and reducing the use of plastic gloves .

April 2022

The voice for NHS GPs and Practice Teams across North Yorkshire, the City of York, Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale & Craven districts.