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What are the domains of global sustainability?

Material Inequality

Population and Consumption

Resource Depletion

Climate Change

Loss of Biodiversity

Crisis in Healthcare


What action can be taken against global warming?

Increase use of renewable energy resources ( that is any natural energy resource that can be replenished with the passage of time)

Modifying human behaviour, being more active

Move back to more plant based diet

Educate on carbon literacy and numeracy

Promote patient resilience

Teach healthcare students that as well as human anatomical systems we are also part of a wider ecological system


How can the NHS be more eco friendly?

 Prioritise Environmental Health

 Substitute harmful chemicals with safer alternatives. Reduce and safely dispose of waste

 Use energy efficiently and switch to renewable energy. Reduce water consumption

 Improve travel strategies

 Purchase and serve sustainably grown food

 Safely manage and dispose of pharmaceuticals

 Adopt greener building design and construction. Purchase safer more sustainable products


What will low carbon clinical care look like?

Be better at preventing conditions

Give greater responsibility to patients in managing their health.

Be leaner in service design and delivery

Use the lowest carbon technologies


What are the changes to the GP contract 2018?

Reduced workload

Improved recreuitment

Additional members will become part of the practice team - allowing the GPs to fullfill their role

Changes in staff and funding to promote sustainability



What is the difference betwen sustainability and resilience?

Cambridge Dictionary definition of resilience  is the ability to “Quickly return to a previous good condition.”

The Cambridge dictionary defines sustainability the ability to be “Able to continue over a period of time”


What are the positive factors that might contribute to a sustainable career?

Positive Factors - including

Job Security

Financial Security

Stable Terms and Conditions

Respect for Professionalism and Knowledge.

Appreciation for being in the role of a doctor.

Working with a team over time.

Ability to develop knowledge and interests.

Ability to fit work around interests and lifestyle choices.


What are challenges to a sustainable job?

Challenges – including

Considerable and rapid workload – for example 10 minute appointments

Time management.

Increasingly complex care over time.

Relentless arrival of mail and blood results, and having enough time to action them diligently.

Care versus cure - long term conditions

Perhaps running a business over time.

Need to ensure the team is harmonious and effective.


What are potential questions in an occupational history?

 A description of the present and previous jobs from leaving school.

 Identifying any exposure to chemicals or other hazards ( may need to see confirmation from labels).

 Did the symptoms improve when not exposed e.g. at weekends, holidays?

 Determine the duration and intensity of exposure e.g. was it so noisy it was impossible to communicate

 Is personal protection used e.g. what kind of mask?

 What maintenance is in place for the protection measures?

 Do others suffer similar symptoms?

 Are there known environmental hazards in use?

 Any hobbies, pets, worked overseas, moonlighting?


What is the purpose of a fit note?

Facilitate earlier discussion about returning to work and about rehabilitation


Should encourage the employer to consider things such as phased return, adjusted hours, daptations to the work place and/or ammendments of duties


What is the role of occupatinal health?

Occupational Health Services: 

Help prevent work-related ill health

Advise on fitness for work, workplace safety, the prevention of occupational injuries and disease 

Recommend appropriate adjustments in the workplace to help people stay in work

Improve the attendance and performance of the workforce – for example by assisting in the management of sickness absence

Provide rehabilitation to help people return to work, and give advice on alternative suitable work for people with health problems 

Promote health in the workplace and healthy lifestyles

Recommend and implement appropriate policies to maintain a safe and healthy workplace

Conduct research into work related health issues

Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations including minimising and eliminating workplace hazards

Advise on medical health and ill-health retirement



How is unemployment harmful to health?

 Higher mortality;

 Poorer general health, long-standing illness, limiting longstanding illness;

 Poorer mental health, psychological distress, minor psychological/psychiatric morbidity;

 Higher medical consultation, medication consumption and hospital admission rates.

 There is strong evidence that re-employment leads to improved self-esteem, improved general and mental health, and reduced psychological distress and minor psychiatric morbidity. The magnitude of this improvement is more or less comparable to the adverse effects of job loss.