RCGP curriculum to include 'green' issues

GPs could soon be required to tell patients about the environmental, as well as health, benefits of using a bike instead of a car, the RCGP has said.

Dr Ballard: green issues will be integrated throughout the curriculum (Photograph: UNP)
Dr Ballard: green issues will be integrated throughout the curriculum (Photograph: UNP)

The college is looking to integrate sustainability issues into the curriculum as early as next year.

RCGP sustainability lead Dr Tim Ballard said that the theme will be integrated throughout the curriculum, rather than as a stand-alone chapter.

‘The RCGP has had its first meeting to start to make plans about how sustainability will be reflected,' he said. ‘The direction of travel is really positive.'

Dr Ballard said the RCGP is planning to submit the revised curriculum to the GMC early next year, with a view to introducing the curriculum in August 2011.

Dr Charlotte Tulinius, RCGP medical director of curriculum, said the new curriculum will focus on how GPs can professionally support sustainability.

‘We all have an obligation to support this [sustainability] agenda, but in the curriculum it will be included in a way that is specific to the GP profession,' she said. ‘What does sustainability mean in general practice and how can it be integrated as a natural part of the GPs work?'

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Read this week's GP newspaper dated 4 June for the full version of this story.

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