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Support patients to understand the dangers of air pollution

 

Recruitment launch! Are you a GP in Islington?

 

We are looking for 20 Islington GPs to join a new pilot project on air pollution 30th November.  

Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, in London alone it contributes to 4,000 deaths each year.  

 

Are you interested in being part of a new pilot project exploring the vital role Islington GPs can play in protecting patients against poor air quality? Your contribution will influence a national model helping GPs reduce the health impact of air pollution – supported by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, and Imperial College London, and Islington Council.  

 

Global Action Plan and Islington Council have just launched a recruitment campaign to encourage 20 Islington GPs to join this new project on air pollution.  

 

Participating GPs will be offered £250 for their time and input and will receive free training and resources.  

 

Email: cleanerair@globalactionplan.org.uk to sign up or for more information – recruitment deadline 30th November.  

 

Why GPs?

 

As some of the most trusted messengers in society, health professionals, particularly GPs, can play a crucial role in protecting people’s health – especially that of some of the most vulnerable people who come through the door of the health service every day.

 

The project will provide a unique opportunity for GPs to co-create and disseminate a communications campaign to increase air quality awareness and actions that can reduce exposure to air pollution, across patients across Islington and beyond.

 

Please note that whilst the project is primarily targeted at GPs, practice nurses are also welcome to register for the project.  

 

What Is Involved? 

 

Health Professionals who join up to the project will become project Clean Air Champions. 20 health professionals will be recruited from across the borough to take part in this 6-month pilot project. We ask that you: 

 

  • Attend short training: Attend a short training session on the impact of air pollution to patient health and how to have effective conversations with your patients about air pollution over December 2021 or January 2022 
  • Share Information: Over January-May 2022 we will ask that you share information on air pollution with your patients as per the information shared at the training session  
  • Share learning: Brief interview/survey with project team mid-way through pilot and at it’s end to share reflections and learning from the pilot  

Aims

 

We want to work collaboratively with GPs by developing the most appropriate approach to engage patients on air pollution.

 

Supported by Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs and the Borough of Islington we are working to demonstrate that health professionals can weave information on air pollution into their work, paving the way for the health community to take a long-term approach to equipping professionals to provide such advice.

 

With your help we want to:

 

● Identify the most appropriate points in the patient care pathway to provide air pollution advice to patients

● Develop messaging about air pollution action

● Design communication collateral for patients, doctors and the GP surgery

● Monitor and survey GP surgeries and patients on the project's impact

 

As a health professional working in a GP surgery we would like to invite you to join us. We’re also offering participating GPs £250 for their time and input

 

By signing up to become a Clean Air Champion GP surgery you will be invited to join a workshop on the project, you will be offered a brief air quality training session, and will receive a range of communications materials on air pollution to share with patients. The project pilot will run from Sept 2021 - Sept 2022.

Sign up

 

We look forward to working with you on this exciting project!

 

If you have any questions about this project, please email: cleanerair@globalactionplan.org.uk