Green Impact for HealthDesigned by General Practitioners for General Practice
Green Impact for Health is delivered by Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) and general practice volunteers led by Terry Kemple (Past President RCGP, and the current RCGP representative for Sustainability, Climate Change and Green issues). The programme is designed to provide practical advice and tips to general practices across the UK, that want to improve their sustainability.
Any general practice from across the country is able to join Green Impact for Health, gaining access to an online toolkit of sustainability actions GPs can take to achieve accreditation and contribute towards a Greener NHS.
2014 – present
Number of general practices taking part so far
Positive actions taken to date by dental teams
Green Impact for Health started in 2014 as a collaboration between the RCGP, Health Education England, the University of Bristol, and the National Union of Students (NUS). Green Impact is a sustainability accreditation scheme with an audit and awards element designed specifically for general practices. Green Impact an international programme, recognised by UNESCO as a global laureate for education for sustainable development. However, Green Impact for Health is designed specifically for general practices and is piloting the tried-and-tested approach in this field. As such, we welcome any practice to participate and will be collecting experiences and feedback at all stages to evaluate impact and ensure the programme is fit-for-purpose.
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. Many of the strategies that mitigate carbon dioxide production also benefit health (e.g. more active travel lessens air pollution).
Developed in 2014 by the RCGP, Health Education England, and the University of Bristol it uses the NUS/SOS Green Impact web platform. The toolkit answers the question ‘What can I do in my practice?’ It gives the reason for the suggested actions and tips about how to make the change. It is being used by over 900 General Practices across the UK.
The scheme is currently delivered by the charity Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK) and volunteers from general practice led by Dr Terry Kemple (Past President RCGP, and the current RCGP representative for Sustainability, Climate Change and Green issues). The programme is regularly updated to provide ever more practical advice, improve its ease of use and its impact.
Any general practice from across the country can join the Green Impact for Health, and gain access to the online toolkit of sustainability actions GPs can take to achieve accreditation and contribute towards a Greener NHS.
We anticipate multiple benefits for practices including;
- Increased environmental sustainability,
- Cost savings
- Contributing towards the NHS Greener plan
- Improved staff morale, and efficiency through the model
- Enabling practices to learn from others
- CPD opportunities for staff.
Green Impact for Health focuses on all areas of sustainability
The online toolkit has actions relating to the following topics; waste & recycling, healthy planet, social prescribing, zero carbon, travel & exercise, water, energy saving, learning and quality improvement.
Who can take part?
Any practice based in the UK can access the toolkit and use it to create positive changes to their sustainability. We anticipate multiple benefits for practices including, increased environmental sustainability, cost savings , improved staff morale, and efficiency through the model – enabling practices to learn from others, CPD opportunities for staff.
Further information for GPs about Sustainable development, climate change and green issues is at: