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Reducing illness associated with cold homes (WARMTH) - Groundwork

Groundworks - Green Doctors

Groundworks WARMTH programme (Warm homes Agency Referral Method To Health outcomes) aimed to reduce morbidity associated with cold homes through the use of 'Green Doctors' - domestic energy advisors who offer advice and support to individuals in fuel poverty.

CBC worked with Groundworks to redefine the role of the Green Doctor workforce and trained them to incorporate behaviour change strategies and carry out wellbeing assessments to address the wider needs of their vulnerable clients. Individuals receiving visits from Green Doctors saved over £150,000 annually with a reduction in C02 emissions of over 217000 kg.

Nearly a third of residents receiving a visit reduced the frequency of GP attendance, including a significant reduction in unplanned medical appointments.