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The UK's primary care sustainability network

Essex & Suffolk

Our group initially started in September 2020 as the Essex & Suffolk GP Sustainability Network. We are a group of GPs and other primary care professionals who are interested in promoting planetary health and reducing the carbon footprint of our surgeries. There are already examples of good practice in our area and the aim is that we work through the Green Impact for Health toolkit, sharing ideas and supporting each other in taking steps to make our practices more environmentally sustainable.  

We are a friendly group and no prior knowledge is needed, just enthusiasm! We welcome all GPs and primary care professionals whether currently working or retired, as well as local healthcare students and patient representatives. We meet alternate months on Microsoft teams. For more information please contact

Chair: Vasandhara Thoroughgood

Vasandhara is a salaried GP in Colchester, Essex, RCGP Essex Faculty Climate & Sustainability Lead and a member of the Suffolk & North East Essex Sustainability Steering Group.  She is a board-certified Lifestyle medicine physician is particularly interested in the health and environmental co-benefits of lifestyle interventions.  More recently, she has taken on the role of a Physical Activity Clinical Champion for the East of England, delivering training to healthcare professionals on the benefits of physical activity.