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Directory of General Resources for Practices

Resources for practices

  • 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.

  • 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 NUS and contains a range of downloadable resources and a pathway for your practice to start to work towards achieving bronze, silver and gold awards. 

  • 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 advice about how a practice measures its carbon footprint. 

  • A link North Yorkshire CCG's Green Plan can be found here .

National resources

  • 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.

 

Recycle / reuse 

  • 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 .

  • COVID-19 has led to an increase in the use of PPE equipment. Follow the progress on Twitter towards re-useable PPE 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 short video providing information on the recycling of Lateral Flow Tests.

August 2021

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