Sustainable Primary Care

Primary care is a huge contributor to the overall NHS carbon footprint, with the largest emissions coming from pharmaceuticals, followed by patient and staff travel. Those working in General Practice are trusted sources of information, educators, community members and run responsible small businesses. Sustainable changes often have huge co-benefits for patients and staff.  Primary care staff have the power to reduce their practice's environmental footprint whilst improving care quality. In this short 3-part course we offer an overview of the development of sustainable healthcare, share case studies of good practice, and provide tips and tricks for greening your practice.

  • Workshop: Friday 11 June 9.00-13.00
    • Self study period opens: 21 May
    • Work-in-progress presentations: 10 September 9.00-13.00
  • Workshop: Tuesday 14 September 13.00-17.00
    • Self study period opens: 24 August
    • Work-in-progress presentations: 26 October 

 £165 + VAT | Book here

Book a course with peace of mind: We realise that healthcare workers may have to change their plans at short notice over the next few months. If you book a course and are then unable to attend a workshop due to work pressures, we can offer you a workshop at a later date for no charge. We can also offer a refund as long as you cancel before the course opens for self-study, which is 3 weeks before the workshop. There will be an admin fee of £30 for refunds.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  1. Describe the effects of the global environmental crisis on human health and contribution of the health sector to environmental degradation 
  2. Bring sustainable methods of practice into the consultation to create greener patient centered care 
  3. Identify primary care hotspots, improve carbon literacy and find opportunities to embed environmental measures into clinical care and education
  4. Implement sustainable practices in clinical care and facilities management




Tamsin Ellis

Tamsin is a GP in London who has helped co-ordinate and write the introduction to sustainable primary care course. She is a North East London RCGP faculty lead for climate and health and sustainability scholar. She is currently undertaking a leadership fellowship with a sustainability focus in London and chairs Greener Practice London. She's looking forward to supporting practices and those working in primary care to learn from success stories and spread the health benefits of sustainable changes. She is also interested in the crossover of sustainable primary care with improving health equity. Twitter: @Climate_GP

James Sziemakewicz

James is a GP in North Devon who has worked in healthcare commissioning for several years. He brings extensive experience in partnership working with roles including current Chair of Devon Nature Partnership and Chair of the North Devon GP Collaborative Board. He believes there is an urgency with which we need, as a society, to transition to true sustainability and to deliver this will require system change. His focus is on delivering effective change through a collaborative, cross sector approach.

Matt SawyerDr Matt Sawyer

 Matt has been a GP in the North East of England for about 15 years. He works as a front-line GP two days a week and spends the rest of the week running the consultancy SEE Sustainability to improve planetary and human health. He helps primary care practices understand their carbon emissions footprint and work towards net zero. He has a BSc in Environmental Science and MSc in Corporate Sustainability and Environmental Management.

Dr. Aarti Bansal

Dr. Aarti Bansal is a GP in Sheffield, a medical educator and the founder of Greener Practice. She  contributed to the development of a planetary health curriculum for GP registrars and her curricular innovations in medical education have been highlighted as examples of good practice by the GMC. She is currently undertaking an NIHR research fellowship at Hull York Medical School on how medical education can be optimised for the development of person-centredness.  In 2017, she was appointed RCGP SYNT Faculty’s first Climate & Sustainability Lead, helped to write the climate emergency motion passed by the RCGP council in September 2019 and co-chairs the RCGP Climate Emergency Advisory Group. In September 2020 she was elected to the RCGP College Council.