Resources

Delivering Net Zero isn't easy! We've pulled together a range of resources to help.

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There have been many reports on the impacts of climate change on human health, as well as the impact that healthcare can have on the environment. The reports below will help further your understanding of the need for sustainable healthcare.

The global position

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World Health Organisation: Climate change and human health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has described climate change as ‘the single biggest threat facing humanity'. They have published a range of resources, including factsheets on Climate change and health, Biodiversity and Health and Heat and Health.
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The 2022 Global Report of the Lancet Countdown

This most recent report by the Lancet Countdown tracks the relationship between health and climate change. You can also read an interactive summary of the key findings, which provides a visual overview of 43 indicators.
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Health Care Without Harm: Health care's climate footprint

Health care's climate footprint analyses health care's global contribution to climate change so far. It estimates the carbon footprint of heath care and examines what contributes towards it.

The UK position

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Delivering a ‘Net Zero' National Health Service

Delivering a ‘Net Zero' National Health Service, published October 2020, sets out the ambition for the NHS to reach Net Zero carbon for its direct emissions by 2040.
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UK Chief Medical Officer's annual report 2022: air pollution

The UK's Chief Medical Officer annual report 2022 focused on air pollution and its significant impact it has on human health. It highlights what can be done to continue to actively reduce air pollution.
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Lancet Countdown UK Policy Brief 2022

Produced by the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, British Medical Association, Royal Colleges of Nursing, Psychiatrists and Physicians. It lays out the urgent action required to move to renewable energy, reduce air pollution, and improve access to green space.

Climate change and mental health

Mental health and Climate Change

The WHO has developed this policy brief on mental health and climate change. It describes the links between climate change and mental health, and suggests how to address the mental health impacts of climate change.
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Royal College of Psychiatrists Delivering greener, more sustainable and net zero mental health care - Guidance and recommendations

Clear guidance to ensure that those who are delivering mental health care have access to clear evidence, resources and support to enable them to understand and deliver greener, more sustainable and net zero mental health care. The work was supported by NHS England and Greener NHS.

Royal College of Psychiatrists' position on sustainability

This position statement sets out the scale of the challenge of climate change, explains the link with mental health, and sets out what the College and other organisations and individuals need to do.

Green walking for mental health recovery

The Centre for Sustainable Healthcare has published this guide to improving physical, social and mental health by moving through a natural space. This is for patients in recovery but can also be used by staff.

UK health organisations

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Royal College of Physicians view on healthcare sustainability and climate change

The Royal College of Physicians view on healthcare sustainability and climate change sets out recommendations to improve the sustainability of healthcare and reduce the health impacts of climate change.
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society: Pharmacy's role in climate action

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society have published a climate declaration, recognising that this is the most significant threat to health ever faced.
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Royal College of General Practitioners' Net Zero Hub

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in collaboration with Greener NHS and other key sustainable healthcare partners, has launched a new RCGP Net Zero hub with eLearning courses and guidance for healthcare professionals.
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Green Surgery Guide

The UK Health Alliance have created a report on how to reduce the environmental impact of surgical care.
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Royal College of General Practitioners' Decarbonising General Practice

This guide Decarbonising general practice helps practices develop an action plan to achieve Net Zero carbon for non-clinical emissions
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Green Impact for Health toolkit

Designed for general practice, this toolkit helps practices improve their sustainability, reduce the risks of climate change impacts, and reduce practice expenses.
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society: Pharmacy's role in sustainable healthcare

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society have created four sustainability policies for pharmacy teams to respond to climate change and ecological emergency.

Resources by Specialty

Allied Health Professionals

Anaesthetics

Dentistry

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Greener NHS Allied Health Professional Hub

Greener NHS have created an AHP Hub that aims to provide information on the importance of environmental sustainability in healthcare, examples of projects AHPs are undertaking, and suggestions of how AHPs can further contribute to sustainable practice.
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Royal College of Anaesthetists' environment and sustainability strategy

The Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) have published a sustainability strategy outlining their priorities to reduce environmental impact of anaesthesia. In addition, they have an eLearning programme on sustainable anaesthetic practice.
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British Dental Association Campaign

British Dental Association have launched a campaign for sustainability in dentistry.

Dentistry

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Centre for Sustainable Healthcare How-to Guide

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare have produced a how-to guide for sustainability in dentistry.

Emergency Medicine

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Royal College of Emergency Medicine: GreenED Programme

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) have launched GreenED, an initiative to drive environmentally sustainability practices within emergency medicine. GreenED provides a framework of evidence-based actions, divided into gold, silver and bronze levels, with guidelines and resources to help achieve them.

Medicine

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Royal College of Physicians view on healthcare sustainability and climate change

The Royal College of Physicians view on healthcare sustainability and climate change sets out recommendations to improve the sustainability of healthcare and reduce the health impacts of climate change.

Nursing

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Royal College of Nursing: Sustainable Nursing Practice

Royal College of Nursing (RCN) have released a climate change position statement, as well as an online nursing sustainability study guide.

Paediatrics and Child Health

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Royal College for Paediatrics and Child Health Action Plan

The Royal College for Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) have launched a sustainability action plan, outlining key priorities including research. News, events, and progress is sent out through their Climate Change eBulletin.

Nursing

Reports Royal College Nurses

UK Government guidance for supporting vulnerable people in heatwaves

The UK Health and Security Agency have published guidance for supporting vulnerable people during hot weather and heatwaves.

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