Welcome to Green Impact for Health

‘It is not too late to make a difference, but only if we start now at every level from local to global’.

Sir Robert Watson (Ex Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (1997-2002) & Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (2016-2019)

We developed this toolkit to help every general practice improve their sustainability and environmental impact; reduce their harmful impact on planetary health, the risks of climate change and reduce their practice expenses. The toolkit is kept up to date by general practice volunteers led by Terry Kemple (Past President RCGP, and the current RCGP representative for Sustainability, Climate Change and Green issues).

This toolkit and award started in 2014 as a collaboration between the RCGP, Health Education England, the University of Bristol, and the National Union of Students. Currently the RCGP provides the continuing financial support for the toolkit which is hosted by SOS (Students Organising for Sustainability). SOS is a new charity and an offshoot of the NUS.

The RCGP is also a founder member of UK Health Alliance on Climate Change that works to influence the policymakers http://www.ukhealthalliance.org/.

In September 2019 the RCGP set up in a Climate Emergency Task & Finish Group to produce an interim report on actions by February 2020 . If you want to contribute to the work of this group there is a google group web forum that you can ask to join https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/rcgp-climate-emergency-task--finish-group
For help using the toolkit, please take a look at the general user guide. You will find more specific FAQs, links to other organisations, publications and resources that will help you use the toolkit in the HELP section at the top-right corner.

If you are a new user - you can use the toolkit in two ways. It is a
1. List of actions to do in general practice, with the reason why you should do them and advice on how to do them
2. Continuing improvement process for your practice team where you collect points and awards each year to recognise your practice’s achievements.

To get started, please use the links on the right to register yourself and your practice's team, or log in. There are suggestions about how to start on the next page you see when have logged in. We had over 370 participating practices in 2018/19 so we may be able to match you with someone in a local practice that is experienced with Green Impact. Please ask us if you want us to make a match.

If you are an existing user - Thank you for your efforts so far!
What’s different in this sixth 2019/20 cycle starting in September 2019
All the criteria have been checked and updated where necessary. The points system is mostly unchanged with a maximum 100 points available in each of the sections Bronze, Silver, Gold and Bonus. There have been some minor changes in the point allocations. To achieve each award 75 points are needed in each section.
All the criteria are mapped to the 2015 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/?menu=1300
Your 2018/19 information should have been transferred to the new 2019/20 toolkit. Many of the old 2018/19 criteria have been amended, one has been deleted. There are some new criteria most of which are in the Bonus section. If you have any problems with your migrated data then please contact Laura.Cristea@sos-uk.org