Respiratory care has some of the biggest problems (inhalers) and many good solutions for sustainable healthcare.

Sustainable Anaesthesia

This is a good starting point for anaesthetists with an interest in the impact their care is having on the carbon footprint of the NHS, and what actions can be taken to reduce that impact.

 

Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Value and Carbon in Respiratory Care

Value in healthcare is a recent concept which is being adopted by commissioners and healthcare leaders to focus on treatments which really make an impact to patients, whilst being delivered in an efficient way.

Costing healthcare is a complex area, and carbon costing is becoming more and more relevant.  Read on to find out a little more about how the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare is looking to help commissioners define value in respiratory care.

Innovative Inhaler Recycling Project Expanded

In February 2011 GlaxoSmithKline and the Cooperative Pharmacy in partnership with TerraCycle UK launched the first respiratory inhaler recycling programme in Europe. Forty Cooperative pharmacies across South Wales and the South East of England were piloting the programme for an initial six months. While the pharmacies encouraged patients to drop off their inhalers at their branch, TerraCycle UK recycled every element of the inhaler. After proving a huge success, the project was extended to 200 Cooperative pharmacies from November 2011.

SAP - sustainable action planning resources for clinical teams

SAP is a programme to support clinical teams in taking action for sustainability.  Structured around two facilitated workshops, SAP helps front-line staff to learn about sustainable healthcare, focus in on their priorities and put together a green action plan.  The action plan can then

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
February, 2010

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Making Sense of Social Prescription

The University of Westminster has published an excellent explanatory document on social prescription. It's a fantastic end to end resource with explanations of terminology, structures, different types of social prescription, and referral examples.

August, 2017

Sustainable Respiratory Inhalers Programme - briefing note

The continued use of metered-dose inhalers in respiratory care will have a potentially catastrophic effect on global warming if production is not controlled, largely because these inhalers use potent green-house gas hydroflourocarbons (HFCs) as propellants.

Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
March, 2013

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The Impact of Paper Procurement in the NHS.

The NHS has committed to reduce its carbon footprint but, aside from ensuring that legislative targets are reached, the benefits of decreasing greenhouse gas emissions are well documented. Yet the NHS faces increasing financial and service pressures; meaning that ‘green’ working is not always at the forefront of consideration. Many NHS organisations in England procure paper through the NHS Supply Chain Core Stationary list, which only contains paper produced from virgin (non-recycled) sources. As such, out of the 3.6 million reams of paper procured through NHS Supply Chain, only 29,000 were produced from recycled sources.

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