CSH is delighted to announce that this year's NHS Forest Autumn Event is to be held on the 18th October at Todmorden Health Centre, Todmorden, West Yorkshire.
The day includes: The launch of the partnership between Incredible Edible Todmorden and Ambulance Services, a "creating a healthy route through the NHS Forest" workshop, an awards ceremony hosted by Pam Warhurst, (Chair of the Forestry Commission), and a guided walk to include the planting at Todmorden Healthcare Centre.
Would you like to supervise one or a few students on a practical or literature-based research project related to sustainability, climate and health/healthcare? If so, Healthy Planet UK (www.healthyplanetuk.org) are hoping to put students in touch with potential supervisors for SSC projects, dissertations or extra-curricular projects.
How the Green Deal could benefit GP premises
The Green Deal is a new finance mechanism that could offer practices an alternative to traditional methods of financing refurbishments to surgeries and other buildings whilst providing energy savings, a reduced carbon footprint and a reduction in operational expenditure. Sonia Roschnik, operations director at the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, confirms CCGs will be required to embed sustainability, reduce CO2 and, in doing so, improve public health. ‘Any kind of initiative like this, that might help clinical commissioning groups to achieve these goals should be explored,’ she advises.
The applicability of the Green Deal to GPs was reinforced by a spokesperson from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) who advised that ‘the government would encourage everybody, including GPs and clinical commissioning groups, to seriously consider taking out a Green Deal as there are a number of significant benefits’.
When does the Green Deal start?
The first Green Deal accredited assessors are expected to begin operating from October 2012, although the actual financing and therefore installation of recommended measures cannot begin before January 2013.
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A call for case studies showcasing the creative ways primary care practices have been working to improve their sustainability. Along the same lines as the Green Nephrology Case Library, the new Primary Care case library will make it easy for interested people to search for projects in particular areas (e.g. travel, energy use), or by location, in order to find inspiration and useful tips. You can fill in the case study template or let us know that you might like to submit a case study and we can call you for a short chat.
The NHS Forest, Incredible Edible Towns and the Yorkshire Ambulance Service are partnering to increase the number of orchards planted on healthcare estates and engaging the community in creating, maintaining and using these edible greenspaces for a healthier future! We would like to spread the word about the NHS Forest project and encourage as many GPs and their practices to be involved in the NHS Forest as possible.
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has produced a pioneering policy report that establishes the interconnections between two urgent challenges in the 21st Century. The report explores the critical connections between diabetes and climate change and identifies the opportunity to combat these challenges together through the health co-benefit approach.
It's bike week this week (16th til 22nd)
Its main aim is to encourage colleagues and maybe even patients to get on their bikes and remember how much they enjoy cycling!
If you are involved in teaching or training, or would like to influence the future GP workforce in areas concerning sustainability, you might find the following link to the Severn Deanery website useful: http://www.severndeanery.nhs.uk/deanery/sustainability/training-green/
This is a programme from the NHS Institute which aims to support general practices in realising internal efficiencies, while maintaining quality of care and releasing time to spend on more value added activities. They have incorporated Sustainability into the programme - improving environmental performance, reducing waste in reception, collecting data on running costs which is an good area to make financial and carbon savings.