What are we doing to be more sustainable?

Our key areas of focus for sustainability are:

  • Embedding Green Impact into our organisational culture
  • Improving our energy efficiency
  • Implementing our lighting responsibility plan
  • We have started to look into Green procurement
  • Sourcing food and drink responsibly and avoiding use of plastic where possible
  • Reducing waste and increasing recycling
  • Promoting sustainable transport
  • Purchasing sustainably
  • Reducing our use of paper
  • Reducing prescribing
  • Implementing the NUS/RCGP Green Impact Toolkit
  • Supporting health and wellbeing

Embedding Green Impact into our organisation

  • Sustainability is one of our core values
  • We ask staff to reflect on how they have helped sustainability as part of our appraisals
  • Green Impact is a standing item on agendas for meetings
  • We regularly ask our staff to feedback ideas for improvement
  • We work collaboratively with our PCN and Islington Integrated Care Board to improve our goals of net zero 

Improving our energy efficiency

  • Radiators are turned down where possible 
  • Equipment is turned off at the end of each day 
  • Lighting is on timers but lights can also be turned off when not needed 
  • Energy – gas and electric – is provided via green energy suppliers

Sourcing food and drink responsibly

  • Commitment to sourcing Fairtrade / local / healthy refreshments when possible
  • Avoiding food products that do not use sustainable palm oil
  • Purchasing glass bottled local sourced milk  
  • Offering plant based oat milk alternative for staff 
  • Providing tea and coffee for staff which is Fairtrade
  • Reducing single use plastic
  • Sourcing plastic free tea bags

Reducing waste and increasing recycling

  • Ensuring only confidential waste is collected for shredding
  • All other paper recycled
  • Clearly labelled bins in clinic rooms for domestic / recycling / sharps / clinical waste
  • Recycling plastic bottles
  • Recycling of other materials, including cardboard, printer toner cartridges and batteries
  • Encouraging patients to consider switching inhaler use to more sustainable version and encouraging recycling of inhalers at certain pharmacies in (Boots on Seven Sister’s roads  Where To Recycle Asthma Inhalers –

Reducing our use of paper

  • Working towards being a paperless Practice where possible
  • Ceasing use of fax machines
  • Promoting health education messages to patients via patient information screens in waiting areas, to reduce the use of leaflets
  • Setting photocopiers to print double sided by default
  • Photocopiers are able to scan and email documents, to reduce printing
  • Patient communication uses paperless systems where possible 
  • Online forms being introduced to website and the use of these to increase

Reducing prescribing

  • Where possible, the Practice is reducing polypharmacy and over prescribing
  • Reducing prescribing of opiates – we are working with patients to review their opiod use and reduce where possible
  • Reducing prescribing of over the counter medicines 
  • Where appropriate, switching prescriptions for inhalers to dry powder inhalers

Implementing the NUS/RCGP Green Impact Toolkit

  • Whole Practice commitment to achieving the NUS / RCGP Green Impact Award 
  • Commitment to support the National Green Impact Agenda to reduce carbon emissions in line with the 2030 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals 
  • Supporting other Practices and providers to implement the Green Impact Award